As if the U.S. Postal Service didn’t have enough problems. As their black car service continues to expands across the country, popular start-up Uber has announced plans to launch an on-demand courier service in Manhattan this week. Using a smartphone app, users will be able to request item pickup and delivery, according to a story in Venture Beat.
Bike couriers, who will be given a free iPhone 4s to receive customer requests, are expected to be paid between $20 and $30 per hour for on-demand deliveries. The company, which offered Christmas tree delivery in New York before the holidays, has been hinting about the service on social media outlets such as Twitter for the last few days.
All couriers interested in a gig with Uber must be 21 years of age and older and must be able to travel by bike and/or an unlimited Metro card. Couriers will also be asked to complete a background check and orientation session. Couriers will not be able to make purchases.
Uber’s new service is expected to compete with Postmates, ebay Now, and car service company Gett, which recently announced a partnership with delivery start-up WunWun.
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