Uber Eats announces major expansion of grocery delivery service

Uber Eats is dramatically expanding its grocery delivery operation adding the option to its app in various major cities across the globe.

Just a day after Uber confirmed its $2.65 billion takeover of rival Postmates, the group has announced the launch of grocery delivery in 19 new cities throughout Canada and South America.

Uber Eats members in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Canada, can now access the service, which is set to expand to Miami and Dallas in the US later this month.

READ MORE: Uber Eats to acquire rival Postmates for $2.65 billion

This marks the brand’s most significant attempt to cash in on the rapidly growing demand for delivery of third-party groceries, which Uber says has skyrocketed 197 per cent since March.

“Over the last six months, it’s become increasingly clear that grocery delivery is not only popular, but often a necessity,” Uber said.

“We expect to see this trend continue as people across the world look for new ways to save time and stay safe.”

Uber is currently experimenting with grocery delivery in 30 countries, but huge shifts in the market due to worldwide lockdown and consolidation of its rivals have largely forced Uber to stamp out its share of the market.

It is also a lifeline for the Uber which has seen its ride-hailing arm all but come to a standstill during lockdown.

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