- Currys and Uber collaborate to help deliver small tech to Londoners fast
- Hundreds of products, including chargers, printer cartridges and other tech items, can be ordered through the Currys website and delivered by couriers who use the Uber app, in as little as 30 minutes
- The initial trial will be rolled out in 15 Currys stores across London, with a view to extending across the UK
- New service launches week of 15th November
4th November 2021: Today Currys, the UK’s home of tech, and Uber have announced a new trial which puts tech on the takeaway menu for Londoners, enabling them to order small tech items and get them delivered fast.
Launching the week of 15th November, the tech and delivery giants will come together to respond to growing consumer demand for speed and convenience with an offer that will help deliver tech purchases into the homes of Londoners in as little as 30 minutes, a service that is quicker than any electronics competitors.
The venture is Uber’s biggest UK retailer partnership to date and builds on Currys’ burgeoning online and delivery proposition, which includes the pioneering ShopLive 24/7 video shopping service and its one-hour Order & Collect service.
During the pilot, which will run for three months, shoppers using Currys’ website can choose from a range of 1,800 tech items, including headphones, printer cartridges, laptops and phone chargers, with the delivery powered by Uber’s technology and network of couriers who use the app.
The initial pilot phase will be rolled out across 15 London stores, giving the busiest city in the UK a tech lifeline when it needs it most, while ensuring the newly rebranded Currys lives up to its mission of enabling everyone to enjoy amazing tech. Those who also want their small tech fast, without having to leave the comfort of their own homes or face the tube, will find the service is made for them.
Deliveries will cover 12 London boroughs including the City of Westminster. Over the past year, demand for deliveries has grown exponentially and Uber has been working closely with retailers to help make sure that they can easily fulfill customer demand. Uber estimates that the delivery as a service industry has the potential to be a multi-million-dollar industry worldwide.
The pandemic highlighted just how important a role technology plays in people’s lives, connecting loved ones, teaching new skills and keeping everyone entertained. It also showed a growing demand for vital small tech and accessories; with computer mice, webcams and printer ink being amongst Currys’ top selling small tech products during the UK’s three lockdowns.
To order, customers simply need to visit the Currys website, www.currys.co.uk or Currys app and opt for same day delivery at the checkout. They will be able to order up until two hours before store closing time, with delivery in as little as 30 minutes. The delivery charge will be £5. The 1,800 products on offer via the service are all under 7kg and have to meet set dimensions in order to fit within the courier’s portable bag.
Eve Henrikson, Regional General Manager Delivery, EMEA, at Uber said:
“Our new partnership with Currys will bring electronics to doorsteps across London, fast. Whether you are looking for an emergency charger or a new laptop for an important meeting, our new partnership will have you covered. By using Uber’s technology and the network of couriers who use our app, orders made through the Currys website can be delivered in as little as 30 minutes, and we are looking forward to expanding the partnership further.”
Mark Allsop, Chief Operating Officer at Currys said:
“The world has shifted to a hybrid way of working and more customers are demanding greater convenience and speedier delivery to get their hands on tech. As the UK’s number one tech retailer, we want to make it easy to shop, for all of our customers. We want customers to get products in their hands and homes as soon as they want them – right now, with super-fast delivery! We already have a one-hour online Order & Collect service, and pioneered the 24/7 video shopping service, with our ShopLive offer. This new ‘from store to door’ delivery pilot with Uber is the next step in our exciting omnichannel journey.”
For more information, please contact the Currys press office:
Consumer: M&C Saatchi Talk - [email protected], 0203 617 6602
Corporate: [email protected]
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Stores in the London trial include:
Chingford, South Ruislip, Croydon, West Drayton, Colliers Wood, Enfield, Hayes Staples Corner, Brentford, Friern Barnet, Old Kent Road, Kensington, Brixton, Wembley Stadium and Oxford Street.
About Currys plc
Currys plc is a leading omnichannel retailer of technology products and services, operating online and through 829 stores in 7 countries. We Help Everyone Enjoy Amazing Technology, however they choose to shop with us.
In the UK&I we trade as Currys; in the Nordics under the Elkjøp brand and as Kotsovolos in Greece. In each of these markets we are the market leader, employing 35,000 capable and committed colleagues. Our full range of services and support makes it easy for our customers to discover, choose, afford and enjoy the right technology for them, throughout their lives. The Group’s operations are supported by a sourcing office in Hong Kong, state-of-the-art repair facilities and an extensive distribution network, enabling fast and efficient delivery to stores and homes.
Our vision, we help everyone enjoy amazing technology, has a powerful social purpose at its heart. We believe in the power of technology to improve lives, help people stay connected, productive, healthy, and entertained. We’re here to help everyone enjoy those benefits and with our scale and expertise, we are uniquely placed to do so.
We’re a leader in giving technology a longer life through repair, recycling and reuse. We’re reducing our impact on the environment in our operations and our wider value chain and we will achieve net zero emissions by 2040. We offer customers products that help them save energy, reduce waste and save water, and we partner with charitable organisations to bring the benefits of amazing technology to those who might otherwise be excluded.
About Uber Eats
Uber Eats is an on-demand app and website that helps bring millions of people around the world the things they want, at the tap of a button. We partner with over 700,000 restaurants and merchants in more than 6,000 cities across six continents. From specialty local favourites to national brand names, groceries to household essentials and more, Uber Eats has what you want when you want it—with an average global delivery time of 30 minutes.