Uber Lauches UberRUSH Courier Service In Chicago, San Francisco

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 9.21.59 AMAfter spending nearly a year-and-a-half testing a courier service that provides customers with on-demand orders from local businesses in New York, Uber has officially expanded UberRUSH to two additional cities. 

The service, which uses cars, bikes, and even pedestrians willing to simply carry things from place to place, went live in San Francisco and Chicago on Wednesday , the company announced. 

UberRUSH is a partnership of sorts between the ride-hailing company and e-commerce platforms like Shopify and Bigcommerce, which will now let local small businesses choose UberRUSH delivery as an option on orders.

Through the service, businesses plug-in a customer’s order into an online form. A courier is then dispatched to their shop to pick up and deliver the order.

Businesses will have the choice of passing on the $5 to $7 delivery charge per order to customers, or eating the cost themselves, the Wall Street Journal reports.

As Consumerist previously noted when tests of UberRUSH began in New York, Uber will take its standard 20% commission for each delivery in that city, while that fee will be 25% in Chicago and San Francisco.

“Businesses that tap into UberRUSH will make getting anything in your city faster, more reliable, and more affordable than picking it up yourself,” Jason Droege, Head of UberEVERYTHING, writes in a blog post. “It’s time to save business owners the headache, save you the trip, and save us all a bit more time.”

[via The Wall Street Journal]

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