Popular ride-hailing company, Uber Technologies,may extend its food delivery service to offer courier services for retail businesses.
The possible expansion was revealed by Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi in a meeting at the Economic Club of New York. He explained that the company can extend the Uber Food delivery model to deliver anything.
“We can extend that (food delivery) model to essentially every single local retailer, so that anything you want in New York City can be delivered to you, hopefully in under 30 minutes,”Dara Khosrowshahi , CEO of Uber Technologies
He said that he envisions Uber as the Amazon (market place) for transportation, offering virtually any form of transportation whether Uber, taxi, subway, scooter and also helping commuters decide the best way to get to their destination.
Uber is grown into a global company and is no longer just about booking a car ride. Earlier this year, Uber started integrating its Uber Eats food-delivery service with its main app, giving users the option to choose rides or eats when they open the app.
Also, they recently acquired a majority stake in Cornershop, an online grocery service in Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Toronto. And last month signed an exclusive delivery deal with American cooking-show star Rachael Ray, to deliver meals from her recipes.
However, Uber’s new goals might be affected by obstacles. Recently, Uber got banned in London after being accused of fielding unregistered drivers and putting commuters lives at risk by the Transport for London (TfL).
London is one of Uber’s top markets globally, with over 45,000 drivers in the city. If the ban isn’t lifted, they run the risk of losing many of their drivers to competitors like Bolt.
However, Uber expanding into new ventures like retail deliveries will create a new source of earning and a market for Uber that could help actualise Khosrowshahi vision for the company.
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