Uber Riders in Select Cities Can Now Buy Snacks, Electronics, and More Following Partnership With 'Cargo'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Uber this week announced a partnership with startup "Cargo," which aims to increase the wages of rideshare drivers by providing them with small containers filled with goods that riders can buy during their trips (via TechCrunch). Despite the new partnership with Uber, Cargo will still support drivers of other ridesharing apps.


    Cargo works by providing drivers with a free Cargo box filled with free products and free shipping on all product replenishments, as long as the driver has at least a 4.7 rating. When the rider gets in the car, they can browse which items are in their driver's Cargo box by opening the Cargo mobile site, add the products to their cart, and checkout on their smartphone.

    Payment methods supported include all major credit cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Venmo, and Paypal.
    When complete, drivers earn $1 per order and average $100 earnings per month, according to the company. Since its launch last summer, about 7,000 rideshare drivers have made more than $1 million with Cargo. On an annual basis, drivers earn an average of $1,200/year, and the top 10 percent of drivers make $3,600/year in income.

    Items in Cargo boxes include energy bars, gum, mints, various snacks, beauty items, beverages, electronics like earbuds and small phone chargers, and free samples of many of these products. Riders will still have to leave the Uber app to pay for Cargo items by visiting the mobile site (which they can do by scanning the QR code on their driver's Cargo box), but Uber says it "envisions" integrating Cargo into its own app down the road.


    The partnership with Uber is beginning first in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where Uber drivers can pick up a Cargo box at one of Uber's driver support locations. Following the initial rollout, Uber says it hopes to continue expanding support for Cargo in more cities.

    Article Link: Uber Riders in Select Cities Can Now Buy Snacks, Electronics, and More Following Partnership With 'Cargo'
  2. acegreen macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2015
    Cargo: Where every Uber ride can feel like a bazaar

    Now if only they can offer toilets onboard /s
  3. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    I‘m happy when a driver is focused on providing a safe ride. Already too much multitasking happening while driving these days.
  4. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Exactly my thinking. Get me home safely where there are plenty of food and drink waiting.
  5. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I'm cool with this as long as the driver doesn't push the rider to buy something so they can make some extra money. I'm already paying for the ride and tipping them. I don't want to get into a car and be pressured to buy something. It's nice to know that this will be available if I need mints or a snack on the way, though.
  6. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    They've been around in the Twin Cities for at least 6 months. Never felt the need to get some snacks that have been sitting in the sun all day, while on a 5 minute ride.

    Lots of drivers provide free bottles of water and a few have had snack setups like this that they put together for free, plus stuff to freshen up like baby wipes, body spray, etc. All they can do to get that 5-star rating.
  7. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm fine with respectful people paying to ride in the back of my Tesla. I'll be quite pissed if they start eating and making a mess back there. Cleaning crumbs up afterwards is not worth making $1.
  8. Krayzkat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2011
    Can i suggest having ice cream vans drive people about in hot weather, so we can have access to fresh cold 99's?

    hmm.... How about a hot dog stand crossed with a rickshaw?
  9. alexgowers macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2012
    I wonder if Uber drivers are locked to Cargo alone. Seems like an anti-competitive move linking the two and a lawsuit incoming. Hopefully they’ve not been that stupid.
  10. Relentless Power, Jul 20, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2018

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    So essentially, it’s like when you’re on an airplane, and the airline tries to sell you additional snacks for an added fee. (Aside from the refreshments already provided.) I like the idea of this, but its something I would only take advantage of it was a longer car ride and I really was *that* hungry. Otherwise, I’m perfectly fine without any snacks during my commute.
  11. Krayzkat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2011
  12. ralpa macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2015
  13. BrentD macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    So it's like snack consignment. Driver gets them for free so they can sell them for Cargo and then get a kickback.

    Side note... Why are 5 star ratings so important to drivers? I've used Uber maybe 10 times (and Lyft, too), and when I input my location it's the driver that chooses whether or not to accept my trip. Not like I can pick which driver I want, so why is the driver rating that big of a deal?
  14. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    They have to maintain at least a four or they are kicked out by Uber. A single one rating then takes three fives to then offset and maintain the required four.
  15. BrentD macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Nice. Wasn't aware of that.
  16. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    Buy all the products offered, and take a dump in the now empty cargo bag.
  17. jybrick macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    Yea, just like that - if the pilot comes out and does the sale instead of flying the plane.
  18. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    I mean, you could just hire them as actual employees and then simply literally increase their wages, if you actually did want to increase the wages.

    Oh sure. Make their wages contingent on how a customer feels. That’s not problematic at all or anything.
  19. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    But but self regulating free market
  20. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2005
    Works amazing well and provides for the most important innovation to lift humans out of poverty after millions of years in the dirt but of course it’s totally a joke and broken. Rolls eyes.

    You bet your dang modern life style self regulating market. Thank goodness for it.
  21. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    My modern lifestyle is based on a mostly self regulating market with a central authority to oversee that it largely works in society’s best interest. Thank goodness for that.

    Explain to me how tipping isn’t broken.
  22. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    Depends on the metrics of "works well". Plenty of countries have found that it works even better with some regulation. (In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to find a country that doesn't have market regulation — such as antitrust — at all…)
  23. laz232 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2016
    At a café near you
    I've never used Uber - dunno if it's available in my country - I'm lucky to be able to walk / cycle where I need to.

    The more I read about this "sharing" economy the more it sounds like a TEDx doublespeak scam embodying the worst aspects of exploitative capitalism. Superficially, the means of production (the car) is in the hands of the worker (driver), but in practice the means of production is the app - which is in the hands of venture capitalists and the drivers are their tools, taking on all the risks for very little monetary gain (according to most reports)

    PS am pro capitalism lite - as practiced in most Northern European countries.
  24. LiveInMoment macrumors newbie


    Jul 21, 2018
    Denver, CO
    This will catch on, just like AirPods, just like Bird & Lime scooters. Uber is never going to hire drivers, they will replace them with self-driving cars. This is the future, better to just get used to it. As soon as Uber goes public, I'm investing. Happy teching fellow geeks.

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