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Uber and GoPuff partner to boost delivery of essentials

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc has partnered with GoPuff, a SoftBank-backed shipping startup, to expand delivery of essentials to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, the companies said Tuesday.

The pandemic affected Uber’s ride-sharing services as it restricted movements outdoors, prompting the company to focus on its delivery business.

GoPuff, which recently acquired the BevMo! Liquor store chain, delivers items such as food, alcohol and medicine to more than 650 US cities.

Uber has also entered the liquor delivery market with the acquisition of on-demand alcoholic beverage platform Drizly in February.

In March, Philadelphia-based GoPuff raised $ 1.15 billion in a new round of funding from investors like SoftBank Group Corp, raising its valuation to $ 8.9 billion.

Uber, which plans to report first-quarter results on Wednesday, said it expects the new collaboration on the app to launch in more than 95 US cities in June.

(Report by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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