Uber announced the expansion of its grocery delivery service, which includes a name change to UberEssentials.
Uber launched a pilot test of the Corner Store delivery service in August in Washington, D.C., and now the relaunch of UberEssentials promises to deliver items to customers in 10 minutes or less, reported WebProNews.
Uber is joining the ranks of retail giants trying to win in the home delivery space and is in competition with companies such as Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT).
Google recently announced the expansion of its same-day delivery service and a shopping Express membership program. Not long after, the head of Google Express, Tom Fallows, announced he was leaving the tech giant for a position with Uber.
UberEssentials uses the Uber App, so payments are done directly through a mobile phone. Customers simply go to the website, set the delivery location, and start adding products to a cart. Once a shopper hits "check out," a driver will notify the customer when he or she is curbside for pick-up.
Currently only available on iOS, Uber expects it to be on Android within days.
Products range from snacks and cold medicines to holiday tree lights.
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