Report: Uber Testing a Delivery Service

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Uber testing delivery service

Need a diamond ring or stylish handbag right now? Just hail an Uber.

That could be an option in the near future if a report Wednesday from TechCrunch proves true.

The folks behind the popular ride-hailing app are quietly testing a massive delivery service that would let users get same-day delivery of items from participating retailers, the tech blog reported.

Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Cohen’s Fashion Optical and Hugo Boss are among more than 400 retailers either in talks or already testing the service with Uber, according to the report, which cites multiple unnamed sources.

TechCrunch said it has obtained training documents for drivers who are involved in the pilot program.

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The company already has a program called UberRUSH, which lets users in select areas send deliveries via the car service. Similar test programs feature deliveries of fresh produce and restaurant meals. But the system in the works would be far more expansive and work more directly with retailers, the blog said.

“Experimenting and finding new, creative ways for the Uber app to provide even greater value to our riders and driver partners is a way of life at Uber,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We have been piloting UberRUSH with multiple retailers for the last year.”

Drivers testing the program currently are using a separate app for deliveries from what appear to be primarily high-end retailers. But, ultimately, they’ll be able to take orders and pick up riders using the same Uber app.

Doug Gross is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @doug_gross and on Google+.


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