Uber pilots package delivery service in four cities in India

NEW DELHI: After grocery delivery and transportation of non-COVID-19 sufferers, ride-hailing platform Uber is now piloting delivery of packages between customers in four cities, together with Gurugram and Kolkata.
The service – Uber Connect – will enable residents of Guwahati, Jaipur, Gurugram and Kolkata to ship and obtain packages whereas sustaining social distancing, Uber mentioned in blogpost on Tuesday.

All packages ought to be transportable on a two-wheeler car, be beneath 5 kgs in weight, securely sealed and never embrace prohibited objects reminiscent of alcohol, leisure medication, firearms, foreign money or harmful and unlawful objects.

“Similar to on-demand trips, you will be able to continue monitoring the trip’s progress prior to pickup, en route, and at the drop-off. You can also share the delivery status with the recipient of the package,” the blogpost mentioned.

The Uber Connect choice will seem in the Uber app as a brand new choice in the car choice scroller. Users shall be prompted to conform to package delivery phrases and situations, and after confirming that the merchandise complies with these phrases, customers can request delivery.

Similar to the cab hailing expertise, the person will obtain a notification as soon as the motive force is on the best way to select up the package.

Transportation companies like cabs had been suspended after the federal government imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 25. After 40 days of lockdown, sure relaxations have been supplied in inexperienced and orange zones and cab companies have resumed in sure components of the nation.

Uber, and its rival Ola, have launched new companies to assist individuals go to hospitals for non-COVID-19 instances. Uber has additionally partnered Flipkart, Medlife, BigBasket and Spencer’s Retail to make deliveries on behalf of those companions.

Such initiatives have supplied earnings alternative for driver companions working with these ride-hailing platforms at a time when common cab companies had been suspended.

Interestingly, in January this yr, Uber had bought the India unit of its meals delivery unit – Uber Eats – to Zomato.

Zomato acquired the Indian enterprise of Uber Eats in an all-stock deal that gave Uber 9.99 per cent stake in the Indian meals delivery and restaurant discovery platform.

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