Amazon Teams Up With Lyft
UNITED STATES - Amazon is consistently at the forefront of innovation, and its latest partnership is no exception for the U.S. market. This week, The Motley Fool reported that the e-tailer is teaming up with ride-share service provider Lyft as a way of keeping up with the surge in demand for online grocery deliveries—a strategy that appears to be catching on with other ride share and grocery and food delivery companies.
As part of the partnership, Lyft drivers have the option to “earn additional income” by working for Amazon as a grocery shopper, delivery person, or even a warehouse worker, the news source stated. Amazon’s latest effort builds upon its plan to hire 100,000 new employees in order to keep consumers and its supply chain well-stocked with the grocery goods they need during the development of COVID-19.
East Coast-based grocer ShopRite is also teaming up with Lyft in order to service its shoppers more effectively. In a press release, Lyft revealed it will be offering free ride credits to local senior citizens so that they can safely get to ShopRite stores.
“Through LyftUp, we remain committed to providing support to the communities we serve, especially in times when they need it most,” said Josh Huber, Lyft’s General Manager of Pennsylvania, in the press release. “Now more than ever, our senior citizens need access to basic life necessities, such as food and other household supplies. It is our hope that we can remove transportation barriers so elderly residents in Philadelphia and New Jersey can take advantage of the special senior citizen-designated shopping hours at their local ShopRite or The Fresh Grocer supermarket."
Across the pond, Lyft competitor Uber Eats announced it is partnering with France’s Carrefour, Spain’s Galp, and pharmacies and convenience stores in Brazil, according to a report by Tech Crunch. The move not only helps major grocery players deliver critical goods to consumers but also is a significant way for the food delivery provider to bolster its grocery delivery options, which it has been testing for months.
On the c-store front, 7-Eleven, Wawa, and other convenience chains are partnering with DoorDash. Crain’s New York Business asserted that as of right now, the San Francisco-based food delivery app has more than 1,800 convenience stores available to consumers as a way of selling grocery goods like paper towels, packaged goods, and more.
What other big grocery names will team up with the likes of Lyft, Uber Eats, DoorDash, and other ride share/grocery delivery companies? AndNowUKnow will continue to keep an eye on the market.