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Uber just launched a new grocery delivery service and… a boat?

London is lit.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 23, 2020

As Uber customers continue to stay at home, rides have been steadily declining daily. In efforts to make a sale somehow, Uber has spent the past few weeks acquiring specific companies to expand their business. 


A few weeks ago, Uber announced it bought grocery delivery company, Postmates for $2.65 billion USD. Now that the mega corporation owns both Postmates and Uber Eats, customers have more delivery options to choose from.


Days after that announcement, Uber shared they launched delivery service with Cornershop – a company that delivers local commerce and one that Uber acquired a majority share in last year. In a pandemic world where local businesses are really suffering, users will not only be able to browse through a list of local grocery stores but also, search for products and discover a list of nearby stores that stock the items. Cornershop couriers then shop for the requested items and deliver them. Via the app, customers can track the progress in real time. But Uber wasn’t finished there.


The corporation has discussed plans to create the company’s first commuter boat service, available exclusively London, for now.  In partnership with Thames Clippers, the “Uber Boat” will be in London before the summer’s out.


Thames Clippers’ co-founder and Chief Executive Sean Collins said in a statement:

“In our 22nd year of operation it is key that we continue to support London and its commuters with the ease of lockdown and return to work. The new partnership will allow us to link the two travel modes of river and road, providing Londoners and visitors with even more options to commute, visit, explore and enjoy our city by river.”


Starting in August, Londoners will be able to book a boat ride for the same cost of a car and via the app. To board the boat, simply show a QR code and enjoy the ride. Is this the future of ride-sharing travel?


Photo via Thames Clippers