• Kyodo, JIJI


Uber Technologies Inc. said Tuesday it will start delivering Lawson Inc. convenience store items on a trial basis starting this week.

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

It will be the first time that a convenience store chain in Japan has tied up with Uber Eats for delivery.

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 hot or rainy days, to help make up for decreased sales due to fewer visitors on such days, the companies said.

“We expect it to supplement store sales even in times of bad weather, such as rain,” a Lawson representative said.

The test will begin Thursday at four directly operated Lawson stores in Tokyo and will be conducted at a total of 13 shops in the capital through the end of November.

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-June quarter.

Users within a 3-kilometer radius of a participating store can place orders via a smartphone app. Delivery fees will be paid for by the users.

Uber Eats began business in Japan in September 2016.

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