Uber technologies chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi this week suggested Uber may be working to offer courier services for other retail businesses, according to a report by Reuters.
Speaking at a meeting before the Economic Club of New York, Khosrowshahi suggested Uber may expand its delivery offering in the years to come.
“We can extend that (food delivery) model to essentially every single local retailer, so that anything you want in New York City can be delivered to you, hopefully in under 30 minutes,” Khosrowshahi said, when asked about the future of Uber’s business.
In October Uber Eats has made its first foray into the grocery delivery market as it signs a new partnership with convenience store giant Costcutter.
Costcutter, which operates 1700 stores across the UK, will now offer customers the option to have a “wide range” of products delivered for the first time.
The talks come as Uber faces increased scrutiny after losing its licence to operate in London.
On Friday, data published by Uber said it received almost 6,000 reports of sexual assault in the United States in 2017 and 2018.
While the number of cases rose in 2018, the rate of incidents dropped by 16 per cent, as the number of journeys was higher.
Uber noted that passengers – as opposed to drivers – accounted for nearly half of those accused of sexual assault.
“Voluntarily publishing a report that discusses these difficult safety issues is not easy,” said Uber chief legal officer Tony West.
“Most companies don’t talk about issues like sexual violence because doing so risks inviting negative headlines and public criticism. But we feel it’s time for a new approach,” West added.