Uber announced a new partnership with Smart & Final Stores, a California-based grocery warehouse store for household and business customers, to expand its on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery to customers on the West Coast.
Through the new deal, 173 Smart & Final stores across Arizona, California and Nevada are available to shop through Uber and Uber Eats, with plans to onboard all of Smart & Final’s 254 locations. Smart & Final is the first major grocery U.S. partner to offer alcohol to customers through Uber Eats. Alcohol is now available for delivery in California with plans to expand the offering to Arizona and Nevada later this year.
“Grocery continues to be a rapid area of growth for us this year with millions of consumers ordering groceries and other essentials through Uber each month,” said Oskar Hjertonsson, head of grocery at Uber.
Since launching in July 2020, Uber has seen consistent growth in the U.S. for its grocery category. In the U.S. and around the world, Uber says it is poised to meet consumers’ growing desire to get the things they need from grocery stores and other merchants in an on-demand fashion within hours—if not minutes—rather than days.
“Consumers are increasingly looking for easy and convenient ways to shop, and this new partnership with Uber allows Smart & Final to bring our more than 3,000 club store items, farm-fresh produce, organic products and even alcohol to new and existing shoppers via a convenient on-demand experience,” said Joe VanDette, group vice president—marketing & digital. “Smart & Final is committed to providing our customers, whether they be in-store or at home, the opportunity to save time and money without a membership fee.”