Delivery service Uber, through its food delivery unit, has launched medicine delivery in South Africa.
This move comes after online deliveries in the country hit an all-time high fueled by the Coronavirus pandemic and government-enforced lockdowns. Uber’s new service will include the delivery of over-the-counter medicine following in the footsteps of pharmacy chains such as Clicks and Dis-Chem.
With the addition of medicine delivery, Uber is one step closer to building a super marketplace that combines ride-hailing and food delivery with other services on a single app. “Our focus has been towards on-boarding various other merchants onto the app, aside from just restaurants,” said Uber Eats South Africa GM Shane Austin.
Uner medicine delivery is in partnership with local health group Medicare, a leading local supplier of medical equipment and clinical supplies. Medicare operates more than 50 clinics and pharmacies around South Africa. “The nationwide lockdown and restriction in movement created an immediate need to accelerate our business in increasing the accessibility to daily essentials,” added Shane Austin.