Turn Your Uber Into A Mini Convenience Store
Even if you’ve never taken advantage of the service, chances are you know about Uber. It’s the ride-sharing service that makes sure you get home safe from the bar, that takes you to the airport so you don’t have to pay for parking, and makes you feel like a celebrity being chauffeured everywhere you go. And one thing that’s important when it comes to Uber and the experience you have are the amenities a driver can provide. What sounds better - the ride where a driver offers you bottles of water or the drive where you just sit there?
Up until now, those types of extras would have to be provided by the driver themselves. It might not cost a lot to buy a box of granola bars, but that eats away at your profit after awhile! Thankfully, there’s a new startup looking to make life a little easier for Uber drivers. It’s called Cargo, and it essentially allows Uber drivers to install a mini convenience store right in their car.
Drivers install the Cargo Kit and are given a unique code that helps record what items are taken. Passengers then have to go to a web-based site to make their selection. From there, they can pay and even tip the driver – no app download needed. And, here’s the even better part. While some of the items passengers can choose from might cost some money (think mints, charging cables, earbuds), other items are free! Need a pick-me-up? Grab a Rice Krispie Treat. Spill something on your shirt? Grab the Emergency Stain Rescue.
And here’s the other exciting thing about Cargo – it’s completely free for drivers! It doesn’t cost anything to install the kit in your car, and the company will even ship you replenishments when you run out.
So why exactly would a driver want to install something like this in their car? Well, there are two pretty good reasons. First, having amenities like this are sure to boost your ratings as an Uber driver. Second, Cargo provides kickback to the drivers. You aren’t going to get rich from these in-car purchases – the average income is only about $100 – but when you consider that the kit is free, that’s pure profit. It’s really a win-win situation, as far as drivers are concerned.
Right now, the startup is only available for those using Uber – sorry Lyft drivers - and preferred access is given to drivers who use their Uber accounts to sign up. However, if you happen to double down and drive for both, then you luck out. The Kit is already in your car when you’re driving for Lyft!
(Story via Mashable)