Uber’s acquisition of Cornershop last year positioned it for great things in grocery. Deli Market News may not be comprised of seers, but we do know when greatness is on the horizon. After months of speculation, we are reconsidering our positions as fortune tellers, as Uber recently announced it is expanding its food delivery service to launch grocery delivery in three major markets.
“Today’s product integration marks an important step in our partnership with the team at Cornershop to bring grocery delivery to millions of consumers on the Uber platform,” said Raj Beri, Uber’s Global Head of Grocery, in a press release. “Uber started on the premise that people should be able to more easily get to the places they need to go, and to people they care about. This has since evolved to connecting people to food from their favorite local restaurants, and we are thrilled to bring our product expertise to the world of grocery alongside the Cornershop team.”
This news marks Uber and Cornershop’s first integrated grocery delivery experience since the acquisition in 2019. Customers in select Latin American and Canadian cities can now order groceries through the Uber and Uber Eats apps. In another statement, Uber also announced that it will launch grocery delivery later this month in two U.S. cities: Miami, Florida, and Dallas, Texas.
Cornershop’s technology brings new expertise to Uber’s delivery efforts, with over four years operating, refining, and establishing key grocery delivery partnerships in Latin America, and more recently in the U.S. and Canada.
"We launched Cornershop almost exactly five years ago today, and it's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate our anniversary than joining forces with the best on-demand platform around. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Uber to take our mission to millions,” said Oskar Hjertonsson, Founder and CEO of Cornershop. “Uber is the perfect partner to bring on-demand groceries from incredible merchant partners at the touch of a button across the Americas.”
This monumental product launch comes after grocery delivery experiments with more than 9,500 merchants in over 30 countries on Uber Eats, where Uber has seen a 176 percent increase in grocery orders since February. Following this integration in select cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Canada, Uber plans to roll out improvements to the grocery experience for shoppers and merchants alike globally, throughout the summer of 2020 and beyond.
And this news following so shortly after Uber’s acquisition of Postmates? Greatness, my friends, has already been achieved. Follow along for Deli Market News’ coverage of the latest in the delivery sector.