The company is expanding on its partnership with French supermarket chain Carrefour to launch the new service, which will be available on the Uber Eats app starting Tuesday. The service is being supported by a network of nine dark stores operated by French startup Cajoo, and it will enable shoppers to order 2,000 daily essential products, ranging from fruits, vegetables, dry goods and cleaning supplies, CNBC reported.
The launch of the service comes at a time when the grocery delivery market in Europe is growing at a rapid clip, with a significant increase in consumer demand and hundreds of millions of dollars being invested in launching and supporting delivery services.
“Over the past 18 months, people have increasingly come to expect quick and reliable delivery of everyday essentials to their doorsteps,” said Eve Henrikson, regional general manager of Uber Delivery EMEA. “In Europe alone, we’ve seen a triple-digit increase in demand for grocery delivery.”
In the coming weeks, the ride-hailing giant plans to expand the service to several other French cities, including Bordeaux, Lyon and Toulouse.
The new service will be competing with players such as Getir, Gorillas, Zapp and Yandex.