Uber on June 16 announced the launch of a new package delivery service ‘Uber Connect’ that will allow Dhaka’s residents to send and receive parcels from each other and also order items from shops within city limits while staying within the safety of their homes.
Uber Connect allows users to send much-needed packages to family and friends. It’s an affordable same-day, a contactless delivery solution that keeps people feeling connected and focused on moving products rather than people.
Uber has made some basic guidelines to ensure the smooth operation of Uber Connect — all packages should be transportable on a two-wheeler vehicle, be under 5 kilograms in weight, securely sealed and not include prohibited items such as alcohol, recreational drugs, or dangerous and illegal items.
Ratul Ghosh, Head of Bangladesh and East India, Uber, said, “We are excited to be launching Uber Connect which will help users send and receive essential items to their friends and family or order items from shops during this crisis, without having to step out of their homes.
Uber Connect is a prime example of how we are adapting our platform to meet the needs of our communities, which still need to practice social distancing in these challenging times. This is also an extension of our ongoing efforts to provide driver-partners with new earning opportunities.”
The new delivery service can only be used for transporting goods and not ferrying passengers. Similar to on-demand trips, customers will be able to continue monitoring the trip’s progress prior to pick up, en route to delivery, and at the dropoff point — customers can also share the delivery status with the recipient of the package, reports the Daily Star.
The new feature is hosted on the basic Uber app available on PlayStore and iTunes — Uber Connect will appear in the Uber app as a new option in the vehicle selection scroller.
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