cornerstoreuberNeed some deodorant? Run out of contact lens solution? Uber has you covered.

The transportation startup is testing out a new service called Corner Store that delivers drug store items with a push of a button. Starting today, Uber is launching the program to select users in Washington, DC, who will be able to pick from more than 100 items and have them delivered on the same day.

The service, which is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., is fairly simple. Users set a delivery location, Uber sends over a text message with an item list once a driver is available, and that driver then calls the customer to confirm the order. There is no delivery fee and tips are not required.

The prices seem reasonable, and actually beat Amazon.com in some cases. For example, a 10 oz. Opti-Free Replenish contact lens solution is $12 at the Corner Store; it’s $12.49 on Amazon. A 24-pack of Benadryl Allergy Liquigels is $6 at the Corner Store; it’s $7.88 on Amazon.

The new offering is similar to UberRUSH, a bike courier service Uber is testing out in New York City, but Corner Store is more focused on drug store items. Uber says it is testing Corner Store for a limited time but will continue offering it to users if the program proves popular.

If it indeed catches on, the new service could pose a threat to the likes of Amazon, Google, Instacart, and Postmates — all companies competing to deliver items to your door within hours. Earlier this month, Amazon expanded its same-day delivery service in Washington D.C. and six other cities.

Comments

  • At least AMZN has boxes

    Sure, why not let some random person pick up personal stuff for you and drive it to your house or work. It sounds completely safe and normal to me.

    Uber is just getting creepier and creepier. Just stick with moving people, alright?

  • marcia

    Some people are so sick a simple trip to the store is a big effort. I have worked with seriously ill people, even taking a few steps is hard on them and they depend on prescription meds. What is not clear to me in this article is whether the service is for non-prescription or prescription items. I think it would be very helpful to have a prescription delivery service, that could give relief to a lot of people who are seriously ill.

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