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Currys and Uber partner to deliver tech items to Londoners

Technology firm Currys and ride-hailing company Uber have announced a new trial which enables Londoners to order small tech items and get them delivered quickly.

Launching in mid-November, the tech and delivery companies will come together to meet growing consumer demand for speed and convenience with an offer that will help deliver tech purchases into the homes of Londoners in as little as 30 minutes.

The venture is seen as Uber’s biggest UK retailer partnership to date and builds on Currys’ burgeoning online and delivery proposition, which includes the pioneering ShopLive 24/7 video shopping service and its one-hour Order & Collect service.

During the pilot, which will run for three months, shoppers using Currys’ website can choose from a range of 1,800 tech items, including headphones, printer cartridges, laptops and phone chargers, with the delivery powered by Uber’s technology and network of couriers who use the app.

The initial pilot phase will be rolled out across 15 London stores. Deliveries will cover 12 London boroughs including the City of Westminster. Over the past year, demand for deliveries has grown exponentially. Uber estimates that the delivery as a service industry has the potential to be a multi-million-dollar industry worldwide.

Eve Henrikson, Regional General Manager Delivery, EMEA, at Uber said: “Our new partnership with Currys will bring electronics to doorsteps across London, fast. Whether you are looking for an emergency charger or a new laptop for an important meeting, our new partnership will have you covered. By using Uber’s technology and the network of couriers who use our app, orders made through the Currys website can be delivered in as little as 30 minutes, and we are looking forward to expanding the partnership further.”

Mark Allsop, Chief Operating Officer at Currys, said: “The world has shifted to a hybrid way of working and more customers are demanding greater convenience and speedier delivery to get their hands on tech. As the UK’s number one tech retailer, we want to make it easy to shop, for all of our customers. We want customers to get products in their hands and homes as soon as they want them – right now, with super-fast delivery! We already have a one-hour online Order & Collect service, and pioneered the 24/7 video shopping service, with our ShopLive offer. This new ‘from store to door’ delivery pilot with Uber is the next step in our exciting omnichannel journey.”


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