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Corner Store Is Literally the Uber of Home Delivery Services

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Uber wants to deliver more than just people. Image via <a href="http://blog.uber.com/BeirutLaunch">Uber</a>
Uber wants to deliver more than just people. Image via Uber

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Every new app wants to be an Uber. Stylebee aims to be the Uber of home beauty services. Haberdash is trying to be the Uber of tailors. Manservants will obviously become the Uber of hot dudes. It's only fair that Uber try to become the Uber of something, and that something appears to be home delivery services.

Uber is test-driving the concept with Corner Store, which will let you "request allergy medicine, diapers, toothpaste and over 100 other items through the Uber app." It's a limited-time-only experiment that will run for a few weeks, but the company suggests that it's more likely to last if people use and love it. There's just one, tiny problem with the program: It's not available in San Francisco.

Though Uber was born and bred in the Bay Area, the Corner Store pilot is only available in DC. It's as if the company was scared to compete with Google Shopping Express, Six Doors, Deliv, Instacart, eBay Now… Okay, maybe San Francisco's same-day delivery market is a little saturated, but we expect a Corner Store option if Uber decides to make home delivery a permanent feature.
· Corner Store [Uber Blog]
· Will Deliv Dominate the Same-Day Luxury Market? [Racked]