Uber does not subtly push its drivers towards grocery deliveries. Last week, the company started sending drivers in the U.S. an in-app notification with instructions to switch between driver and delivery views. Uber Eats’ vice president Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty said on Twitter that the outbreak of the coronavirus changed people’s routines. Driver income was impacted by the on-site COVID-19 mitigation policy, and deliveries are now more in demand.
The row-holy giant started sending messages to drivers in more than a dozen U.S. cities where delivery demand was increasing – even to those who had never delivered Uber Eats in the past. However, it is planned to send the same message to other cities as needed in the coming weeks.
2/5 – In the United States, we have started to let drivers know how to deliver @ UberEats meet growing demand in some cities. We will extend these opportunities to new locations as needed in the next few weeks. pic.twitter.com/8AQ77P6zNN
– Pierre-Dimitri (@pierre_dimitri) March 25, 2020
In his announcement, Uber said there are signs that people are relying more on delivery services, although it is too early to say whether the outbreak of the coronavirus will also affect food supplies. So far the number of restaurants that want to deliver The United States and Canada have increased significantly. The number of requests for grocery deliveries has also increased in Seattle and San Francisco.
In response to the pandemic, Uber Eats waived delivery charges for 100,000 independent restaurants earlier this month. Uber also discontinued Polish trips to the United States and Canada and provided drivers with the coronavirus with financial support for 14 days. More recently, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, has asked lawmakers, drivers, and the company’s delivery staff to be included in the corona virus incentive package under discussion. Inclusion in the package would qualify them for unemployment insurance and a $ 1,200 direct deposit from the government.