Hard-driving UBER CEO Travis Kalanick stressed work/life balance issues to UCLA students Monday evening.
LOS ANGELES — Look out FedEx: There could be an Uber driver right behind you.
Uber, the ride-hailing app, is expanding to deliveries. Today, it’s expanding the UberRUSH delivery service from New York to Chicago and San Francisco, offering consumers a way to get same-day delivery of products, delivered on bikes and cars by Uber couriers.
“In hundreds of cities across the globe, you can press a button and get a ride in minutes,” said Uber in a blog post announced UberRush. “Now, through UberRUSH, business owners can use that same technology to get customers pretty much anything in minutes.”
Uber, which operates in 350 cities around the world, has been slowly growing beyond just rides. At a talk at UCLA this week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said he looks to greatly expand both RUSH and the new Uber Eats next year. Eats is a lunch and dinner delivery service, with a limited menu of a handful of items.
“Think about all the times you hop in the car to pick up groceries, house supplies, or Sunday night takeout,” Uber said in the blog post. “These little runs seem harmless but they add up. In fact, 20% of all trips in the US are just to move things from A to B* – and we’re wasting thousands of hours and gallons taking them.
“If every local business delivered, we’d all save time and energy. But most simply can’t. Day-to-day operations are already complicated and delivery can cause all sorts of logistical headaches. There has never been a simple local delivery solution. Until now.”
In a recent interview with USA TODAY, Uber investor Chris Sacca said he believes Uber has the potential to become even bigger than Facebook–which today is worth more than $26 billion.
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