Uber Eats enhances grocery delivery options amid COVID-19 lockdowns

Uber Eats is a shining example of how technology can save the day in a time of crisis.

The popular food delivery platform has struck a deal with Carrefour, the French supermarket giant, to offer 30-minute home delivery to Parisians.

This service also covers cleaning products, toiletries, everyday foods and grocery products.

Spain is also adopting the model – Uber Eats has partnered with the service station brand Galp to deliver cleaning products, over-the-counter medicines, and foods and beverages.

In the weeks to come, the extended service range will cover the entire country, but for now, the following eight provinces can take advantage of it: Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Cádiz, Málaga, Badajoz, Córdoba, Barcelona and Madrid.

Finally, we have Brazil, in which Uber Eats is partnering with various pet shops, pharmacies, and convenience stores in São Paulo.

Prior to that, the company had already inked a deal with Coles, an Australian supermarket, as well as the UK brand Costcutter.

Going forward, the company is aiming to expand to other markets affected by the public health emergency – it is looking for partners along the lines of retailers, convenience stores and supermarkets.

Due to the increased safety and health concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the platform is switching all deliveries to contactless by default in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus.

In practical terms, this means that the orders are delivered to the door or as instructed by the customer.

Additionally, the company is providing its delivery personnel with access to much-needed equipment to stay safe, including disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser and gloves.

Users are also being advised on best hygiene practices within the app.

Uber Eats delivery personnel and drivers who get diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive 14 days of financial support from the company.