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Uber offer delivery service just in time for Valentine's Day
Uber are set to enter the UK parcel delivery industry via its current network of drivers with the promise of same day deliveries in certain areas.
The taxi app is aiming to generate new revenue schemes within its existing infrastructure after experiencing a significant decline in demand due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.
Their Uber Eats service has felt a sharp upturn in sales and requests due to restaurants across the UK only able to offer takeaway services in recent months.
However, the company is reacting to lack of demand for travelling passengers, with the launch of the Uber Connect pilots in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester from February 11.
Customers can make a booking for an item to be delivered via the normal Uber app, with drop off priced at the same rate as a taxi trip, with package tracking and notifications also available.
The US-based company are confident the initial roll out can be transferred into a nationwide project later in 2021, following the example of similar Uber Connect systems set up in Australia, Mexico, Canada and the US last year.
“Daily life remains very different this year and we want to help people keep in touch while staying safe at home as lockdown continues,” said Jamie Heywood, regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe at Uber.
“Uber Connect means you can send that last minute gift you accidentally forgot, share a book you loved with one of your friends, or documents for a work colleague.”
Specifications of the service include the sender being required to contact the recipient regarding the expected delivery, with the item weighing nor more 13kg and the contents costing less than £100, and restrictions on prohibited items.
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