Woolworths and Uber Eats have announced a partnership that will offer customers delivery of a curated range of products from select Metro stores inside 60 minutes.

From next week a dozen Woolworths Metro locations across Sydney and Melbourne will become visible on the Uber Eats app. They will offer a curated range of around 1,200 products including fresh fruit and vegetables as well as household staples.

The launch stores are Balaclava, Hadfield and Hawthorn in Melbourne, and Bondi, Maroubra Beach, Padstow, Park Sydney (Erskineville), Pyrmont, Randwick, Redfern, Rose Bay and Rozelle in Sydney.

Woolworths Metro General Manager, Justin Nolan, said the partnership will give shoppers a fast and reliable option for quick top up shops and will complement Woolworths’ existing e-commerce offer.

“Importantly, it will also help us meet the needs of customers seeking to limit their community outings during the pandemic,” he said.

The partnership will begin in Sydney and Melbourne from 30 August, before expanding across the eastern seaboard in the coming weeks. A network of Woolworths locations will be available nationally on Uber Eats under the Metro brand by early next year.

This month Uber will also begin partnering with Woolworths to provide more delivery options for customers ordering online.

This will see Uber provide last mile delivery solutions to Woolworths’ existing online retail operation commencing in Brisbane and Toowoomba before rolling out to further locations to help Woolworths meet customer demand.

Uber Eats Regional General Manager Retail, ANZ, Lucas Groeneveld, said that demand for home delivery has grown through the pandemic, and that demand is set to continue.

“By linking up with Woolworths, Uber Eats is well positioned to usher in a new era of ease for Australian households – strengthening our platform’s appeal as the place to head to go anywhere or get anything.”

Each delivery placed on Uber Eats from a virtual Woolworths storefront will be packed by Woolworths personal shoppers, before being passed on to Uber Eats delivery people to fulfil the delivery.

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