uberESSENTIALS Delivery Service Now Open to All DC Riders


From Uber:

“Back when we launched  uberESSENTIALS this summer, it was available to a limited number of riders throughout DC. Today, we’re excited to share that we’ve opened up UberESSENTIALS to all DC riders.

It’s never been easier to get the everyday items you need in 10 minutes or less. Our curated selection can help you restock the medicine cabinet, snack drawer, cleaning supply closet, and so much more.

We’ve also improved the ESSENTIALS experience for users. Now users can shop right in the app and get the same fast, quality service expected of Uber.(Note: the improved uberESSENTIALS is up and running on iOS, and will be ready for Android in a few days. )

To celebrate, we’ve partnered with our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts, and this week only, users get a FREE 8 oz package of Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee with every order. Plus, if users enter the promo code DUNKIN in the app, their first uberESSENTIALS order will be FREE up to $20.”

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  • So, a company that has admitted to using personal data of users for purposes other than providing the required services now wants to deliver essential goods to users. http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/25/technology/uber-prostitutes/

    Imagine what the company’s one night stand analysis would look like based on home delivery of condoms. or whipped cream.

    • You realize that a massive industry has been built upon targeted advertisement using analytics on personal data, right? It’s not just an uber thing, it’s basically every large successful company that has your information. I’m not saying your concerns are invalid, but you would need to live in a technology-free cave to avoid it, not just exclude uber.

  • I’m not sure I’m seeing a huge benefit here. The blog post states, “Upon arrival, meet your driver outside & place your order.” So I have to leave my place twice to meet the driver at the curb, place an order face to face, then go back out when the driver comes back? This doesn’t seem all that more convenient than just schlepping to a 7-Eleven or a 24hr CVS. Not being able to order actual items through the app, plus having to meet the driver twice seems not all that amazing.

    • I’ve used this before so I can explain, although I am not sure if what was announced today changes the process. Basically, I requested the Uber using my phone. Then the app told me when he was outside. I went outside, told the driver the things I wanted off of his full menu and he handed the items to me at that moment. His car was already stocked. I only stood outside for about 2 minutes, all at one time.

      • D’oh! Thanks, that makes lot more sense. It wasn’t at all clear from the original blog post that the items are ***already in the car***.
        Also, it looks like they’ve already completely revised the blog post in the last half hour. The pull quote I used is gone. It also now reflect that you can put items in your cart right from the app.

  • What’s up with this “curated selection”? Is “curated” the new buzzword??

    • It’s classier than saying “whatever we think you might want that fits in the car”. Uber has been all about hype and poorly examined business practices from day one. People who confuse the typical overpriced high concept restaurant with small plates and mediocre food with a “good restaurant”.

      • Cheaper and more convenient than a DC taxi is all I need for Uber to be a success to me. They can keep the extra BS they’re pushing every other week.

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