During the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdowns, services or solutions that handled deliveries became more important. Uber in particular was aware of this, with the company pivoting much of its focus from Rides to Eats, and now a new offering has been developed thanks to a partnership with Cornershop – Grocery Delivery.

This new feature will be added to different arms of the Uber platform, but rollout for now is limited, according to the company’s recent announcement.

To that end Grocery Delivery has launched in Latin America and Canada today, allowing users to order groceries via their Rides or Eats app.

It is also being expanded to parts of the United States too later this month, with a rollout planned in Miami, Florida and Dallas, Texas for the Eats Pass and Eats Pass members. The company confirms that free delivery will apply for any orders that total more than $30 (~R512).

“Over the last six months, it’s become increasingly clear that grocery delivery is not only popular, but often a necessity. We expect to see this trend continue as people across the world look for new ways to save time and stay safe. We’re excited to be on this journey alongside the popular grocery delivery startup Cornershop to make this a reality today,” the company explains.

“When you place a grocery order through Uber, a Cornershop team member will fulfill your order and deliver it right to your door. And as with other Uber experiences, you’ll be able to track it every step of the way and request a no-contact experience,” it adds.

While the Grocery Delivery service has not launched locally, Uber has been partnering with some local retailers during lockdown.

Depending on which areas of SA you reside in, Uber is working with the likes of Woolworths, Spar and Game in order to facilitate deliveries. The company has also worked with local convenience stores to delivery meal kits in certain areas.

The firm has noted that it wishes to expand on these kinds of offerings via the Uber Eats platform locally, but for now no official announcements are in the offing. As South Africans begin to rely more heavily on delivery services, perhaps this will change in the near future.