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Uber launches medicines delivery service in South Africa

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Uber Eats' South African unit on Thursday expanded delivery offerings, launching an app-based over-the-counter medicines service as it seeks to claw market share in the fast-growing online shopping sector in Africa's most industrialized economy.

(CNN)Uber Eats' South African unit on Thursday expanded delivery offerings, launching an app-based over-the-counter medicines service as it seeks to claw market share in the fast-growing online shopping sector in Africa's most industrialized economy.

Uber Eats, a unit of U. S. ride-hailing service Uber Technologies already has a lion's share of South Africa's $600 million food dispatching market.

The equally lucrative medicines delivery market is controlled by pharmacy chains Clicks and Dis-Chem, which offered delivery services long before Covid-19 spurred a shift to online shopping.

But Uber Eats is banking on a "marketplace" strategy -- combining ride-hailing and grocery deliveries and other services on a single mobile phone app that already has over 2 million users in the country, it said in a statement.

In its latest Digital Market Outlook, information portal Statista predicted South Africa's e-commerce market would see annual compound growth of 11% up to 2024, with the number of online shoppers growing to nearly 37 million from around 25 million currently.

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