Uber launches drugstore delivery service

Rideshare start-up Uber announced the launch of Corner Store, its foray into the home delivery of drugstore and toiletry goods. The test will begin in Washington, D.C., where users can order from a list of products that range from hand sanitizer and aspirin to chewing gum, reported Forbes.

Members of Uber can go to the Corner Store tab on the app and request a driver. Then Uber sends a text message to the customer with a possible list of items for purchase. The driver then calls the customer to take the order, and, upon delivery, charges the product prices to the shopper's Uber account, reported Chain Store Age.

There is no delivery fee. The cost of delivery is built into the price of the products.

Uber has been working to expand beyond personal transportation. Earlier this year, the company launched a courier service in Manhattan.

Uber is joining the ranks of retail giants trying to win in the home delivery space and will be in competition with companies such as Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT).

This spring Google announced the expansion of its Shopping Express same-day delivery service to Manhattan and western Los Angeles. This announcement came just days after Amazon expanded its same-day delivery services to Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Google used its entry into the delivery service market to persuade investors to funnel $1.2 billion in funding at a valuation of $18.2 billion in June.

Other test operations include moving services in Atlanta and Nashville and partnerships with private jet companies.

For more:
-See this Forbes article
-See this Chain Store Age article

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