Sainsbury’s is expanding its partnership with Uber Eats to 100 stores across the UK at it continues its heavy investment in rapid delivery.
The grocer has announced plans to extend its partnership with Uber Eats to a further 78 stores across the UK following a successful trial in 25 stores last year.
It comes after Sainsbury’s announced a near identical expansion of its partnership with Uber Eats’ rival Deliveroo yesterday, meaning thousands of its products will now be available for delivery in under an hour to nearly half the UK.
Uber Eats users will now be able to order items for delivery within 30 minutes from stores in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Northampton, and Portsmouth for the first time.
“We’re delighted to be expanding our partnership with Sainsbury’s, offering over 1,000 fresh grocery and essential items for speedy delivery via the Uber Eats app,” Uber Eats general manager Toussaint Wattinne said.
“The addition of these new stores will provide greater convenience for customers across the country at a time when home delivery options are so important.”
Sainsbury’s director of ecommerce Nigel Blunt added: “The partnership has helped us increase our home grocery delivery capacity and we’re excited to be bringing the offer to more locations across the UK.”
The grocery industry has increasingly come to rely on third party rapid delivery companies during the pandemic, as they have struggled to expand capacity fast enough to match demand.
According to new reports from grocery asset management giant Atrato Capital, this demand has enabled retailers to turn a profit from online grocery for the first time in nearly two decades.
With a huge upswing in order numbers, supermarkets have been able to slash the costs of delivery by delivering multiple orders in one go.
This new profitability means supermarkets can ramp up investment in online operations, which will likely lead to further expansion with rapid delivery companies in months to come