Uber unveiled plans to launch delivery of groceries Tuesday through its recently acquired Cornershop subsidiary.
Uber’s new service will roll out in cities in Canada and Latin America this week, and in the US later this month.
The step highlights Uber ‘s attempts to further diversify from its main ride-hailing operations that were hit hard by the global pandemic.
Uber said that users can order groceries via the Uber and Uber Eats apps in “select Latin American and Canadian cities”
According to Uber, the new company incorporates Chile-based Cornershop, which Uber said it decided last year to buy in a transaction that is expected to close in the coming days.
No availability details were provided by Uber ‘s announcement, but Cornershop operates in cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru 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,” said Oskar Hjertonsson, founder and chief executive 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.”
Uber has previously tested grocery delivery on Uber Eats in over 30 countries, and since February has seen grocery orders increase by 176%.
The news comes a day after Uber revealed an agreement to acquire US-based delivery company Postmates for $2.65 billion (about Rs. 19,741 crores), which would broaden its delivery presence in the U.S. The companies plan to finalize the contract in early 2021.