Uber Starts Running Errands And Changes The Lives Of Parents

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Uber starts running errandsIn a move that will make even the most hardened and independent of us get a case of the vapors, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has announced that his car-on-demand company is looking to broaden its scope of services into a few different areas, one of which would be running errands for customers. Uber could go to the pharmacy, for example, or the corner store. Consider my panties dropped.

For the past year or so, Uber, which has made itself extremely popular for its app that allows users to get a taxi or limousine within minutes, has been experimenting with delivery services. Remember last year, when they delivered kittens on National Cat Day (AKA the Day of Yes)? Well, it turns out they have also been delivering food (in Los Angeles), flowers on Valentine’s Day, and ice cream for any time at my house. Apparently those experiments have gone so well that Kalanick says in an article on CNN Money:

 “…Imagine all the things you get at a corner store…FedEx isn’t going to your nearest pharmacy and delivering something to you in five minutes.”

No, they are not, but Uber might be in the not too distant future.

Can you even begin to imagine all of the possibilities, here? Picture it: you’re nine months pregnant, and the only thing in the world that you want is a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. Instead of having to haul your huge ass out the door or ask your partner who is way over your b.s. at this point to do it for you, you can ask Uber. Because Uber won’t say no. Uber won’t roll their eyes and say they’re tired and they just got back from the store. Uber won’t act like a martyr or ask if you really think Doritos are good for the baby. No, Uber will just do it and be happy you asked.

Or for those of us with older kids, what about telling Uber to go get snacks? “What kind of snacks? Any kind. If it’s a snack food that will fit inside a child’s mouth then get it.” That’s time that you could spend cleaning the house or playing Farmville…you know, whatever floats your boat. You’re snack mom at school today? No problem. The Uber guy will be there soon with your nut-free snack options. The kids have been a nightmare and you just can’t deal with the supermarket today? Get yourself a big ol’ dose of Uber.

Or, how about after the baby arrives, and you realize during a late-night feeding that you are unexpectedly low on diapers? Just lay down on the floor and rest your eyes for a few minutes till the Uber fairy appears at your door.

I’m no genius, but I have the feeling Uber is going to be delivering a whole lot of diapers, tampons, and condoms.

(photo: PathDoc / Shutterstock)


  1. Jamie

    September 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I don’t drive due to a medical condition and I live six miles out of town in a very cold, northern state. I would LOVE to be able to use a service like this! Too bad stuff like this is only available in urban areas!

  2. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    September 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    If they could go to the liquor store that would be amazing.

    • Allthingsblue

      September 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      LA has an alcohol delivery service. There’s an app for that!

    • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

      September 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      I am jealous. We can’t even get beer at convenience stores or supermarkets here. 🙁

    • LanaCCohen

      September 15, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      my Aunty Sarah just got a nearly new cream Ford Fiesta by working parttime online. why not try here

  3. Shelly Lloyd

    September 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I considered driving for Uber, but I think they wanted drivers who’s cars are 2005 or newer. My hubby’s car is a Lexus, but it is 1999 model–but it is in amazing shape. He babies it like mad. And my car is a 2001 model. I wonder if they would be so picky about car years if it is just running errands. Seems like a good way of making some extra money on my day off.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      September 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      That might change with this service. Uber is for transportation might still care, but delivery I doubt.

    • PAJane

      September 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      If you do this, be super duper careful about your insurance. If you’re carrying passengers for a fee, your personal auto insurance policy doesn’t apply, so if you get into an accident on the clock you have no coverage.

    • alexesq33

      September 16, 2014 at 7:25 am

      I think that’s why the Livery commissions are all up in arms – and Uber will have to pay insurance for (I think?) hired non-owned auto and insurance for its drivers, property and liability. Unless they’ve found a way to get around that, the laws will catch up to them (eventually….)

    • joanne

      September 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      I would do Uber if I were just a delivery driver. That’d be a nice way to get a little extra cash. But I don’t want to drive people anywhere.

    • Emily A.

      September 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Yeah, I don’t even really like to be in the car with other people that I know.

    • Allthingsblue

      September 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      It also depends on your gas mileage. It has to be pretty good to make it worth your while.

    • GPMeg

      September 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Right? Mine is a POS, but if I can run errands and it doesn’t matter…

  4. guest

    September 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Come to the suburbs!! I would love this. Only recently have they started moving out the services that will go pick up food from places that don’t deliver (Re: Chipotle) and bring it to you. Between that and this and Amazon Prime and grocery delivery I may never have to leave me house agggggaaiiiinnnnn.

  5. Emily A.

    September 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Uber is a Personal Assistant… on demand!

  6. alexesq33

    September 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

    “Uber won’t roll their eyes and say they’re tired and they just got back from the store.”

  7. alexesq33

    September 16, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I find it interesting that these types of services are available in cities – where things are generally 1-3 blocks away from anywhere you are. Whereas where I REALLY need help, when my local convenience store is 3 miles from my house – no Uber! 🙁

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