‘Uber tech benefits transcend share-riding abilities’

The Country Manager, Uber Nigeria, Tope Akinwumi, says the benefits of Uber’s technology platform transcends the ride-sharing abilities of Uber.

He stated this at the unveiling of Uber Technologies’ new product, UberConnect, in Lagos State, Nigeria, to improve the mobility of goods.

In a statement to Financial Street, the company asserted that the new product leverages technology to provide an affordable means of peer-to-peer deliveries.

“This contactless delivery provides a cost-effective, on-demand, no-contact delivery solution for individuals and small businesses.

“With the growth of on-demand deliveries due to the integration of digital technology, we have adapted our platform to meet the evolving needs of the communities we serve, while providing new revenue streams and earning opportunities for drivers,” Akinwumi stated.

According to data platform, Statista, the e-commerce and last mile delivery sector in Nigeria is expected to grow by about 11 per cent in 2025, as it continues to attract strong investments.

“Leveraging its technology, Uber is providing an affordable same-day delivery service that provides a cost-effective, on-demand, no-contact delivery solution for family and friends, as well as small businesses,” the statement added.

UberConnect aims at demonstrating the ability to constantly reinvent its app as the needs of its communities change.

The new product will also take care of the traffic congestions peculiar to Lagos, as delivery will be made by motorcycles, according to the statement.

The launch comes after the company opened up its markets in other Sub-Saharan African countries like Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.  

To ensure safety, UberConnect follows all relevant hygiene and safety protocols, including the use of masks for all drivers, as well as the completion of a safety checklist, which reminds drivers to wash their hands and sanitise their relevant delivery bags.

Senders and recipients will also need to follow a checklist to ensure social distancing measures are followed.

Pelumi Bolawa
Pelumi Bolawa
Pelumi Bolawa is a content developer, writer, researcher and photographer. An intern at Financial Street, Pelumi is also a development administrator.

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