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This App Is Making Food & Grocery Deliveries Way Easier

Ride-sharing giant UBER is making aggressive moves in the food delivery space.

The next time you need groceries delivered, you may want to consider using the Uber app to arrange the entire endeavor. At least, that's what they are hoping for! The ride-sharing platform recently made aggressive moves in the suddenly white-hot grocery delivery space, an approach that has gained broad popularity since public health concerns have arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday of this week, Uber announced it was acquiring delivery service Postmates in a $2.65 billion, all-stock deal, with plans to run the business alongside its own food delivery operation, UberEats. Their concept is to keep the Postmates app functioning while merging some of the tech and delivery operations at the backend so that their team of franchised drivers can deliver orders for both UberEats and Postmates.

Then, on Tuesday, news broke that Uber is also rolling out a new service in collaboration with grocery delivery startup Cornershop, which they acquired last fall (though the deal is still pending approval in Chile where the company is based). As of today, this means that Uber's grocery delivery service is available in 19 cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Canada. Here in the U.S., Miami and Dallas can expect to find the s service later in July.

How will the grocery delivery arm of Uber work? CNET explains:

When users in these cities open the Uber app, they'll see the icon for grocery delivery. Once they click on that, they can pick from various supermarkets. From there, they can select whatever items they'd like to add to their virtual grocery cart. They'll also have the option to select a time slot for their groceries to be delivered.

"Our vision is of being a one-stop-shop for all of our customers on food occasions," Uber's global head of grocery Raj Beri, said in a press call reported by CNET. "We want to make sure we're able to get groceries to customers as conveniently and quickly as possible."

The desire to have either prepared food or groceries delivered directly to one's home has created a growing and crowded market for delivery services such as DoorDash, Seamless and Grubhub. Postmates sets itself apart as something of a broader service, or as they call themselves, the "whatever-you-can-think-of" delivery app.

Combining the market penetration of Uber's userbase and fleet of franchised drivers, along with Postmates infrastructure and Cornershop application connecting local supermarkets to nearby shoppers? This has all the makings for a new futuristic manner in which most of us shop for groceries. And yet, the future appears to be now.