Is Uber Breaking Into The C-Store Market?

New-Logo-Vertical-DarkUber is delivering convenience store goods to wealthy neighborhoods in D.C. Could your town be next?

Uber, a venture-funded startup and transportation network company that connects passagners with drivers of vehicles for hire and rideshare services via a mobile app, is piloting a c-store items delivery service in Washington D.C.

This week, the company announced that it hired former Obama adviser David Plouffe as senior vice president for policy and strategy, and is testing a program called “Corner Store,” that will deliver more than 100 items from diapers to toothpaste with no delivery fee, the Washington Post reported.

At present only two “delivery zones” are available, and both in affluent sections of Washington D.C., including Northwest D.C. and the Capital Hill area.

The service is focused on delivering items quickly. It’s possible the program could expand to the rest of the city in the future if the program is deemed successful. Uber D.C.’s general manager Zuhairah Washington, told The Washington Post that the company has “already seen such a great response” to the program that it will be expanding it to “much broader areas” of the city in the next few weeks.

 

 

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