Egypt: Uber Launches New Product “Uber Connect”


Aug. 17, 2020, 4:47 p.m.

Uber has announced the launch of its new delivery service dubbed “Uber Connect” in Egypt. This was released in a statement on Sunday.

Uber Connect is an on-demand delivery tech solution that enables users to send packages and request deliveries through the Uber app.

The launching of the new product in Egypt comes on the back of its successful introduction in more than 25 cities in Australia, Mexico, Canada and the United States of America.

Uber Connect offers two services: the first one enables customers to send and receive packages to and from family and friends while the second allows them to request couriers to either pick up or purchase items from nearby stores.

According to the statement the latter option is aimed at facilitating users’ day-to-day activities, keeping users connected, while encouraging social distancing.

It also says deliveries facilitated via Uber Connect are carried out on the same day by Uber Scooter drivers. Scooter drivers who choose to opt-in will now be able to receive delivery requests as well as usual rider commute requests.

Items requested to be purchased by the courier should not exceed EGP 500 ($31). Also, the total value of packages being sent to friends and family, should not be more than EGP 1,000 ($63).

Delivery orders have a maximum of 10 items per order, with the total weight of orders being less than 10 kgs per the requirement.

Senders can also request couriers to deliver groceries, pick up laundry or other small items on their behalf via Uber Connect.

Commenting on the launch of Connect, Ahmed Khalil, the General Manager of Uber Egypt, said that, “This is a proud moment for us as we add a new service to our app in Egypt, and is another first in the MENA region. Uber Connect has been designed to ease senders’ daily errands while empowering drivers with new earning opportunities.”

“By launching Uber Connect, we are taking a step forward to accelerate our efforts to keep our community safe, which has been our goal since the start of Covid-19. Our role as a technology company won’t stop here; we will continue to evolve to effectively and sustainably define the new normal during this unprecedented time,” he added.

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