In an email to users, Uber announced that it’s going to shut down the operation of UberRUSH, its on-demand delivery service for merchants. As TechCrunch reports, the company will close its Rush operation on June 30th this year.
“At Uber, we believe in making big bold bets, and while ending UberRUSH comes with some sadness, we will continue our mission of building reliable technology that serves people and cities all over the world,” UberRUSH’s New York team wrote to customers.
Launched in Manhattan in 2014 before expanding to San Francisco and Chicago, UberRUSH allowed users to hire someone to pick up a package no more than 30 pounds in size and deliver it to another location. you could deliver anything from groceries to laundry to flower except animals, alcohol and illegal drugs, as well as guns and explosives. Last April, UberRUSH announced that restaurants would no longer be able to use the service, encouraging them to switch to UberEATS, the company’s food delivery service. While confirming its closing down to TechCrunch, the company says it’s applying the lessons it learned to UberEATS.
Unlike RUSH, UberEATS is available pretty much everywhere in the U.S., expanding its service outside of the U.S. to multiple different countries. The wind-down follows the demise of Shyp, another on-demand shipping company that announced its last day of operations on Tuesday.