Practice makes perfect, and Costco will be getting plenty of it as it enters a new partnership with Uber Technologies. The two have teamed up to launch a new pilot in 25 of Costco’s Texas-based stores, strengthening the retailer’s market position through the addition of in-demand grocery delivery.
"Our mission statement at Costco is to take care of our members,” said Ron Vachris, Costco Executive Vice President, Merchandising. “By finding solutions to deliver merchandise quickly and efficiently, we continue to offer our members value, convenience, and member service.”
According to a press release, seven additional Costco warehouses will be available to Uber users via the Uber and Uber Eats mobile apps over the coming weeks. This is Uber’s first pilot with a food wholesaler in the United States.
As of now, consumers in Dallas, Austin, and Houston can already use the apps to order from their local Costco warehouses. Costco also currently offers online ordering and delivery through its own channels and additional third parties.
"One thing we know to be true is that people across the United States are looking for convenient and affordable ways to stock their pantries without leaving home—especially for last-minute must-have items," said Raj Beri, Uber's Head of Grocery Delivery. "Today's announcement with Costco is an important step toward marrying the magic of wholesale retail with on-demand delivery in the palm of your hand, and I'm thrilled that Texans are getting a first look at what's to come."
This alliance comes after the recent announcement that Uber had expanded its partnership with Albertsons to implement the grocery delivery service across 1,200 of its stores.
Deli Market News will continue to track the progress of big-name grocers like Costco, so stick with us.