Uber Will Soon Make A Big Ecommerce Product Delivery Announcement [Report]

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Uber is getting ready to make a big push into ecommerce product delivery, according to a new report from Re/Code citing three anonymous sources. This wouldn't be the first time the company has delved into this area, but it sounds like it's going to be a much more serious push this time around.

According to the report from Jason Del Rey, Uber will be making an announcement later this month or early next month about new partnerships with "big retailers and fashion brands that could number in the dozens, as it looks to make Uber an express delivery option for shoppers on a wide range of shopping websites and apps."

The launch will reportedly begin in New York City with San Francisco coming either at the same time or shortly thereafter. Beyond these partnerships, the report says Uber has also been in talks with software companies Bigcommerce and Shopify, which could potentially add thousands of small businesses into the delivery mix.

Uber already has a food delivery service called UberEats in a handful of cities. It also offers UberRush, a messenger service.

Earlier this year, we heard about the company talking with over 400 retailers including Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany’s. This came after it shut down its on-demand delivery service pilot UberEssentials.

UberEats, which was initially only available in an app separate from the main Uber app, now has a place there as well. It will be interesting to see if the new product delivery offering launches from the main app.

Uber is planning to go public sometime within the next couple of years if recently leaked documents are any indication. Meanwhile, it continues to research self-driving cars.

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