Uber buys 270,000 packs of Clorox wipes for drivers amid pandemic

Uber has dedicated to purchasing 270,000 packages of Clorox disinfecting wipes for its New York Metropolis drivers because it seeks to reassure clients that it’s secure to get again on the street, the corporate stated.

Uber will probably be sending out 90,000 packages a month for the following three months. Most drivers could have the wipes delivered instantly, whereas others will decide it up from one in all Uber’s Greenlight Hubs.

Uber clients who name a automotive will obtain an in-app notification that there will probably be Clorox wipes out there to them when their trip arrives in the event that they wish to disinfect the world round the place they’re sitting, the corporate stated.

The marketing campaign comes as Uber has seen its ridership plummet greater than 80 p.c as a result of coronavirus pandemic. The corporate confirmed to The Publish that rides have since elevated from their March and April lows, however nonetheless stay under its pre-pandemic numbers.

“We wish to assist drivers be secure whereas they assist the world transfer once more and provides riders confidence that they’re stepping right into a clear and sanitized automotive,” Chad Dobbs, Uber’s basic supervisor for New York Metropolis, stated in an announcement.

Chicago and Atlanta-area drivers — two areas that had been additionally hit arduous by the pandemic — can even obtain a mixed 330,000 packages of Clorox wipes.

The corporate has additionally coached drivers on the right way to greatest disinfect their vehicles, figuring out the surfaces riders are more than likely to work together with with the intention to goal them for wipe-downs between journeys, corresponding to arm rests, door handles and window buttons, it stated.

Uber in April dedicated to delivery “tens of hundreds of thousands” of face masks to its drivers with the intention to assist gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.

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