Uber will launch a grocery delivery service through the Uber and Uber Eats app in partnership with the grocery delivery startup Cornershop. In 2019 Uber entered an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Cornershop, which was previously acquired by Walmart, in a deal expected to close in the coming days.
Grocery delivery will launch in select cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Canada before coming to parts of the U.S. later in July. Orders placed on Uber and Uber Eats will be facilitated and delivered by Cornershop team members, and shoppers will be able to follow their purchase through every step of the delivery process.
“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, Global Head of Grocery at Uber in a statement. “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.”
Uber has launched Uber Eats grocery delivery partnerships with more than 9,500 merchants in over 30 countries, and the platform experienced a 176% increase in grocery orders since February. The tech company also is acquiring Postmates for more than $2.6 billion, which will further solidify its delivery capabilities.