Uber and Carrefour increase partnership to expedite deliveries in Paris


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(Reuters) – US-based Uber Technologies (NYSE :), owner of a ride-hailing app and Europe's largest retailer Carrefour (PA 🙂 will introduce a new express delivery service for groceries in Paris, thereby extending their 18-month partnership, the two companies announced on Tuesday.

Carrefour Sprint will offer Parisians a 15-minute grocery delivery service exclusively through the Uber Eats mobile app from nine “dark stores” – stores that are closed to customers and where workers prepare orders for delivery – operated by Carrefour's partner Cajoo.

At the beginning of the year, the French retailer agreed to take a minority stake in the newly founded start-up Cajoo, which operates “dark stores” across the country.

Established retailers and grocery suppliers are facing intense competition from a number of newer, well-funded startups that operate networks of "dark stores" that can deliver groceries ordered through a smartphone app to your door in minutes .

"Over the past 18 months, people have increasingly been expecting fast, reliable delivery … in Europe alone we've seen a triple-digit increase in demand for grocery deliveries," said Eve Henrikson, Regional General Manager, Uber Delivery EMEA. in a statement.

Uber and Carrefour are already offering 30-minute deliveries in France from the nearly 2,000 Carrefour stores available through the Uber app under an agreement signed last year.

Both companies also have separate agreements to expedite delivery with other market players such as UK Deliveroo and French supermarket chain Casino.

Uber and Carrefour plan to expand the 15-minute service to other major French cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lille and Montpellier in the coming weeks.

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