Grocery deliveries see a boost across Latin America because of coronavirus outbreak

Wednesday 18 March 2020 10:38 CET | News

The number of grocery deliveries by web-based apps across Latin American countries have been rising amid coronavirus outbreak.

Rappi, a Columbia-based startup, backed by Japan’s SoftBank, with 200,000 delivery people in nine Latin American countries, has seen a 30% increase in deliveries in the first two months of 2020 compared with the last two months of 2019, Reuters cited the figures from the company’s statement.

Considering only pharmacy orders, the startup has reported a 28% rise in deliveries in Colombia, its home-market, since mid-February 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic started, Rappi said, adding that numbers in Brazil, its largest market in the region, are similar.

However, Brazilian app iFood, which specialises in delivering ready-to-eat meals in large cities, said it is too early to measure the impact of the coronavirus spread on its operations. Furthermore, Uber EATS, the food delivery division of ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, also declined to provide figures on the pace of orders in Brazil.

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Keywords: Rappi, Brazil, Columbia, iFood, grocery apps, coronavirus, Softbank, Uber Eats, food delivery
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Countries: Latin America
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