Uber to provide medicine-delivery service

South African unit of Uber Eats recently expanded its delivery offerings to offer over-the-counter medicines services via an app, as it seeks to leverage on the market share of the fast-growing online shopping sector in Africa.

Currently, Uber Eats has a US$600 mil (RM2.4 bil) market share in South Africa’s food dispatching market.

With this latest foray, Uber Eats entered into a local health group, Medicare, which operates more than 50 clinics and pharmacies around the country, allowing app users to purchase over-the-counter medication.

“The nationwide lockdown and restriction in movement created an immediate need to accelerate our business in increasing the accessibility to daily essentials, which is part of the reason our focus has been towards on-boarding various other merchants onto the app, aside from just restaurants,” Uber Eats South Africa general manager Shane Austin told Reuters. – Oct 15, 2020

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