Takeaway tech: Currys partners with Uber

Currys and Uber have announced a new trial which puts tech on the takeaway menu for Londoners, enabling them to order small gadgets and get them delivered fast.

Launching this month, the tech and delivery giants will come together to deliver tech to London homes in as little as 30 minutes.

The venture is Uber’s biggest UK retailer partnership to date and Currys said this builds on its growing online and delivery proposition, which already includes the ShopLive 24/7 video service and its one-hour Order & Collect service.

The pilot scheme – which will be rolled out across 15 London stores – will run for three months, where Currys shoppers can choose from a range of 1,800 items, including headphones, printer cartridges, laptops and phone chargers, with the delivery powered by Uber’s technology and network of couriers.

Deliveries will cover 12 London boroughs. The retail giant said that over the past year demand for deliveries has grown exponentially, while Uber estimates that the delivery as a service industry has the potential to be a multi-million-dollar industry worldwide.

To order, customers will visit the Currys website or app and opt for ‘same day delivery’ at the checkout (ordering up until two hours before store closing time). The delivery charge will be £5.

Mark Allsop, Chief Operating Officer at Currys, said the world has shifted to a hybrid way of working and more customers are demanding greater convenience and speedier delivery.

“We want to make it easy to shop for all of our customers. We want customers to get products in their hands and homes as soon as they want them – right now, with super-fast delivery. This new ‘from store to door’ delivery pilot with Uber is the next step in our exciting omnichannel journey.”