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Uber Eats to test delivery of convenience store items in Japan

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Uber Technologies Inc said Tuesday it will start delivering food and daily items of major convenience store operator Lawson Inc on a trial basis from this week.

In the U.S. ride-hailing giant's first delivery tie-up with a Japanese convenience store operator, Uber Eats will take orders for around 100 items at Lawson including cooked meals, lunchboxes and salads as well as daily necessities such as tissue paper.

While Uber hopes to expand its services by meeting the demand of customers who want to order food and other items together, Lawson expects delivery demand, especially on rainy and hot days, to help make up for falls in sales due to fewer store visitors on such days, the companies said.

Lawson will initially offer the service at four of its stores in Tokyo and at 13 stores by the end of September. The trial will run from Thursday through Nov 30.

The Uber Eats service, in which meals from participating restaurants are delivered by couriers using bicycles and motorcycles, is the ride-hailing firm's fast-growing segment, with its revenue jumping 72 percent from a year earlier to $595 million in the April to June quarter.

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Many people are accustomed to ordering delivery food, and just about all the major supermarkets already have "shopping and delivery" services so why not Uber, they aren't going to make it as a taxi service here,

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Great for people with disabilities but also gives those lazy ones more reasons to stay home and learn to be antisocial. I think too many things are done for people here in turn causing people to not know anything about how to live a life and be part of society.

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I'm neither lazy nor disabled but uber eats was super helpful this past month when the heat index was over 40C and all close family were out of town. Not about to take my child out for a 30 minute walk to get groceries in smoldering heat everyday. Delivery services get a lot of use in our house during August. No shame.

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Interesting, but is it profitable? I reckon Uber will take too big of a cut and convenience stores will end up doing it themselves.

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The thing thing about convenience stores is there's one on every corner - which is why they're convenient. I guess it could be useful for the inaka, though.

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Because convenience stores just aren't convenient enough?

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I’m neither lazy nor anti-social and I consider myself quite able in the kitchen, but some days I’d rather have someone else do it for me, particularly if that something else requires ingredients I don’t happen to have at the moment.

No shame at all in ordering something delicious when I’d rather be doing something else.

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How much do the delivery persons get paid ?

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I might use Uber Eats if its app actually worked. It refuses to recognize my Docomo phone number, and thus doesn't register me. LOL.

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