Uber Eats forms alliance with convenience store

Convenience store giant FamilyMart and Uber Eats launched a delivery partnership on Sept.1 in Taipei City and New Taipei City. (PHOTO: Courtesy of FamilyMart)
Convenience store giant FamilyMart and Uber Eats launched a delivery partnership on Sept.1 in Taipei City and New Taipei City. (PHOTO: Courtesy of FamilyMart)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Convenience store giant FamilyMart and Uber Eats launched a delivery partnership on Thursday that spans across Taipei and New Taipei.

FamilyMart kick-started its delivery service earlier this year, and after a few months, has decided to expand in partnership with the online food delivery platform Uber Eats.

Items available for delivery include munchies, fresh foods and even daily commodities.

FamilyMart pointed out that one in four people in Taiwan has got a meal delivered this year. Among all, food-delivery addicts who make use of the service at least once a week are mostly in northern Taiwan.

Against this backdrop, the Uber Eats-Family Mart partnership will deliver food to Taipei and New Taipei in the initial stage. FamilyMart said they could provide services to 90 percent of the areas.

FamilyMart, which boasts the highest outlet density is running 24/7. The company said clients can now place orders from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on the Uber Eats platform.

Uber Eats pointed out that customers initially ordered food delivery due to “inconvenience.” However, due to the trend of soaring use rate across different day time, Uber Eats said Taiwanese people demand more “convenience” and “fast” eating style, adding that the partnership with FamilyMart would be a win-win for the businesses as well as customers.

By Hsu Chia-chen (許家禎) and Carol Kan