Uber Eats is expanding its grocery delivery operations with new partnerships across France, Spain and Europe, according to various reports.
In France, Uber Eats has teamed up with Carrefour, which made the announcement today. Starting on April 6, fifteen Carrefour convenience stores in Paris will be available via the Uber Eats app and website. Shoppers can order groceries as well as hygiene and cleaning products and have them delivered within 30 minutes. Delivery fees for Carrefour deliveries will be waived for the month of April, and the two companies plan to eventually roll the service out nationwide.
Techcrunch reports that Uber Eats is also expanding its grocery delivery operations in Spain through a partnership with Galp service stations. Delivery of food and other items will be available at 25 stores in fifteen cities across Badajoz, Barcelona, Cádiz, Córdoba, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. Delivery can be ordered through the Uber Eats app or by phone for those without a smartphone or internet.
Techcrunch also writes that Uber Eats has partnered with Pague Menos pharmacies and Shell Select convenience stores to deliver food and other supplies in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In this time of global pandemic and social distancing, delivery has become a lifeline for people stuck in their homes. Here in the U.S., The Information reported last week that Uber Eats has seen a surge in demand, with a ten percent week over week bump in sales and a 30 percent jump in the number of people signing up to deliver food.
Grocery delivery has been on the roadmap for Uber Eats for awhile. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowashahi talked up his interest in the grocery space back in October of 2018, and in October of last year Uber announced it was acquiring a majority stake in Cornershop, an online marketplace for on-demand delivery from supermarkets across Chile, Mexico, Peru and Toronto.
But with restaurants being forced to shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, Uber’s moves into grocery are probably being accelerated. We can expect to see more of these types of delivery deals around the world as this pandemic continues to shake out.