What Is Uber Flash? New Uber Project Launches, But Not In US Yet.
What is Uber flash? Until yesterday, I’d never heard of it. Imagine the surprise of finding a new Uber service in your app that you’ve never heard of. Then, imagine asking around, and no one else has heard of it, either. Let’s look at this new service that’s available in several countries but not yet in the US.
What Is Uber Flash?
It’s a package delivery service that costs the same as UberX. The description of the service in the app is:
Send packages without leaving the house.
This tells me you don’t need to ride with the package, but a driver will come to pick it up. The driver will take it from you to the destination. Uber says the idea came from seeking solutions to people being stuck at home, away from friends & family, during quarantine related to COVID-19.
THIS version of Uber Flash is not to be confused with Hong Kong’s Uber Flash, which hails a normal taxi with a meter. It’s also different from Uber Freight, which is a freight-based service and not for sending small items in one-off scenarios.
Where Is Uber Flash Available?
At present, Uber Flash is available in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica & Brazil. It is not nationwide in these countries yet, rolling out in major cities and test markets. Uber seeks to expand the service based on acquiring a similar, grocery-focused delivery company called Cornershop. However, Cornershop operates in Toronto, Miami & Dallas, so these cities could see the start of Uber Flash, as well.
This is is an interesting idea. People are stuck at home, they want to send needed items or a gift to friends & family, and now they can use their Uber app. Given that this is not in the U.S. yet, it can’t be offset with your monthly Uber credits from the Amex Platinum Card. It has limited in-roads to North American markets at present, but Uber is always looking to expand.
My personal feeling is that it’s interesting and nice to know that it exists, but I’m not sure if/when I’d use it. Do you think this is a good product? Would you use it if it came to your area?