Uber Now Lets New Yorkers Hail Bikers To Deliver Packages - Here's How RUSH Works
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Now, Uber is launching a package delivery service called RUSH in New York City. It appears to be a long-term extension of its offering, not a one-day experiment. RUSH uses bike and on-foot messengers to get your belongings from Point A to Point B.Other Uber competitors are already working on courier services. Gett, a service that's a lot like Uber, recently partnered with delivery startup WunWun to deliver packages as well as rides to its users.
Here's how RUSH works:
- How To Hail: Request a messenger at your location. The delivery person will arrive to collect your delivery instructions either on bike or foot, then whisk your package away to its destination. Both the sender and the recipient can track the location of the package on Uber's app.
- The Catch: Uber's messengers won't conduct transactions on your behalf. So if you want an item purchased at a store and delivered to you, or if you need a package returned to a store and signed for you, Uber's service won't work. But if you borrow a friend's sweater and don't want to trek up town to return it, then hail an Uber bike. Also, large packages will be a struggle for Uber's messengers.
- Pricing: RUSH pricing is different than Uber's car pricing and it's based on zones. If a package is delivered within the same zone of Manhattan (Upper West, Upper East, Midtown, Downtown or Lower Manhattan), then your delivery will cost a flat $15. If the package needs to go through another zone, it's $15 plus $5 for each additional zone the biker travels through.
For more information on the service, head over to Uber's blog.
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