Uber to launch on-demand courier service in New York

April 8
8:17 AM 2014

Uber customers in Manhattan will soon be able to have items picked up and delivered using a smartphone app. Uber will launch its own on-demand courier service tomorrow, according to an exclusive report by VentureBeat.

Based on its job listing, Uber will hire on-demand bike couriers for an hourly fee of $20 to $30. They will also be issued their own iPhone 4S to obtain pickup requests from Uber users in a nearby area. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, able to ride a bike, and have an unlimited Metro card. They will also undergo a background check and interview, the report detailed.

Acording to Uber's official statement, the new service will be branded UberRUSH. The additional service comes at a time when the on-demand courier market in New York is very crowded. UberRUSH will only allow pickup and delivery of packages. Customers will not be able to make purchases through couriers, the report explained.

WunWun, eBay Now, and Postmates will be among Uber's tightest competitors in its new service, VentureBeat reported.

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