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Uber ties-up with Flipkart, BigBasket to supply essentials in India


Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks to the media at an event in New Delhi, India, October 22, 2019 (REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis).
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks to the media at an event in New Delhi, India, October 22, 2019 (REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis).

THERE is good news for people in India. Uber has partnered with Flipkart to deliver everyday essentials in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

Uber has also tied-up with online grocer BigBasket and Kolkata-based Spencer’s Retail.

Prabhjeet Singh, director of operations and head of cities for Uber India and South Asia, said the partnerships will allow Uber to help companies reach the last-mile destinations.

“The partnership helps keep the economy running and enables Indians to stay at home in line with government guidelines for containing Covid-19, as well as creates earning opportunities for driver,” he added.

Uber said it will not charge any commission on these transactions and drivers, who typically have to let go as much as 25% of their earnings to the ride-hailing firm, will keep 100% of the billed amounts.

Last week, Uber announced it had partnered with grocery firms and stores in Spain, France, and Brazil to deliver grocery products.

BigBasket will use Uber’s service to serve customers in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Noida, it said late last week.

The move will help both Flipkart and BigBasket that have more than half a million inventories stuck at their warehouses because of shortage of delivery workers.

Uber and Ola, suspended their operations in India last month ahead of the lockdown enforced by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.