App-driven cab replacement service Uber is branching out into other areas. The company is currently running trials of a new service, Corner Store, which will allow users to order up everyday items for speedy, free delivery via their smartphone.
It works direct from the existing Uber Android and iOS apps: you order a car as normal, but tick the “Corner Store” option and set a delivery location. You’ll then receive a text with a list of available items – it’s currently basics like cough medicine, chewing gum, toothpaste, condoms, nappies and shaving gel – and soon after your driver will call to take your order.
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At present the service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm in some areas of Washington, DC If the trial proves a success, it’s likely to roll out to other cities in the US before too long (Uber generally doesn’t hang about when it comes to expanding its service and we wonder if it will reach Malaysia). As with car rides, there’s no cash or tipping involved: your credit card is charged and Uber pays the driver.
Similar services like Amazon Fresh and Google Shopping Express are available in other parts of the US, and it seems the quick delivery of food and essentials is set to become another tech-led boon for many of us in the near future. Are we on the cusp of a golden age for lazy, disorganised or just plain busy people?