Uber Eats has ramped up its grocery delivery service partnering with retailers in cities hardest hit by coronavirus.
Uber’s food delivery service, which has until now only delivered groceries on a limited basis, has partnered with grocery giants in France, Spain and Brazil to help ensure deliveries are available to the most vulnerable.
French supermarket giant Carrefour has partnered with Uber Eats to offer 30-minute home delivery to citizens across Paris.
The service will deliver everyday foods, toiletries and cleaning products from 15 stores across the city initially, but plans to expand this service “in the coming weeks”.
Meanwhile in Spain, which is one of the hardest hit countries in Europe by the virus, Uber Eats has partnered with 25 Galp convenience stores across 15 cities including Madrid, Málaga, Barcelona and Mallorca to offer delivery via its app and by telephone.
In Brazil the delivery service has also partnered with a range of stores offering grocery products from Shell Select, over the counter medicines from Pague Menos and pet supplies from Cobasi.
While these services are currently only available in Sau Paulo, Uber said it has plans “to launch in other Brazil states and cities in the coming weeks”.
Uber told TechCrunch that it is supplying all delivery drivers with hand sanitiser, gloves and disinfectant wipes, while making all of its deliveries contactless by default.
Any drivers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine by public health authorities will reportedly receive 14 days financial support from the company.