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Uber Eats features black-owned restaurants on U.S., Canadian delivery platform

Stock MarketsJun 04, 2020 07:45PM ET
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© Reuters. An Uber Eats bicyclist makes a delivery during the coronavirus outbreak, in the U.S. Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington

By Tina Bellon

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies (NYSE:UBER) Inc on Thursday launched a feature on its food delivery app Uber Eats that lets customers in the United States and Canada order from restaurants owned by black people and pay no delivery fees for those orders through 2020.

The feature comes in response to U.S.-wide protests over the death of a black man, George Floyd, while in police custody in Minneapolis, which has become the latest flashpoint for rage over police brutality against African Americans and prompted calls to support black communities and businesses in solidarity.

Customers who open the Uber Eats app in major U.S. and Canadian cities will see a banner reading: "Support Black-owned restaurants," and are provided with a list of nearby restaurants.

Delivery fees for those orders are being waived until the end of the year, Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said in a Thursday email to U.S. customers.

The CEO also said that Uber in coming weeks would offer discounted ride-hailing trips to black-owned small businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Khosrowshahi also committed to making the company more diverse internally. In 2019, some 45% of Uber's U.S. employees were white, 33% Asian, 9% black and 8% Hispanic, a company report showed.

Uber's new food delivery feature is a response to requests from customers, the company said, adding that various Uber employees had compiled the restaurants based on publicly available sources and with input from local organizations and business associations.

Uber said it did not ask restaurants for information on race when including them on its platform. Restaurants were informed about the initiative ahead of time and can opt out of the program, as well as refer other black-owned restaurants not yet included.

Uber Eats features black-owned restaurants on U.S., Canadian delivery platform
 

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rob finch
rob finch Jun 04, 2020 11:36PM ET
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Why would Uber think this would be a good time to do something racist?
James Marshall
James Marshall Jun 04, 2020 10:52PM ET
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the most racist and disgusting part is how these leftist corporations use the blacks as marketing tokens. where was all this support prior
rob finch
rob finch Jun 04, 2020 10:23PM ET
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they also committed to making uber more diverse. Does that mean they are getting rid of some asians as they are the only group that is over represented? Is that really necessary?
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Options Trader Jun 04, 2020 10:10PM ET
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Please explain how this helps anyone in business-- Independent of color? Based on how I read, you can be a minority owned with crappy food but get special treatment? Tell me again how this creates inclusion?
rob finch
rob finch Jun 04, 2020 10:04PM ET
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I'll continue to choose restaurants based on merit and the racists at Uber won't be delivering it.
Jorge Badilla
Jorge Badilla Jun 04, 2020 9:54PM ET
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Sell uber ?
Jorge Badilla
Jorge Badilla Jun 04, 2020 9:53PM ET
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Selling time
rob finch
rob finch Jun 04, 2020 9:49PM ET
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If anything George was profiled for being Male. I almost never see cops using excessive force against females. Now imagine the banner is. "Support Male-owned businesses."
rob finch
rob finch Jun 04, 2020 9:44PM ET
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I wonder what would happen if the banner said "Support White-owned businesses." And how would that be any different in a society that claims to share a dream of being colorblind?
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Tabby Cat Jun 04, 2020 9:18PM ET
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No mention of the driver app. Drivers should be able know and support black-owned restaurants too ;)
Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell Jun 04, 2020 9:18PM ET
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Actually they did mention the drivers app in the article. It will be gaining a similar feature to be able to support black owned businesses. It's towards the middle of the article.
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Big Guy Jun 04, 2020 7:11PM ET
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so we know were not to go.
maga king
maga king Jun 04, 2020 7:11PM ET
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this!
Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell Jun 04, 2020 7:11PM ET
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It's always funny when people don't know how to spell or they have typos and grammatical errors when leaving a negative comment. And here we even have 3 people who gave it the thumbs up. How pitiful.
Anthony Badalamenti
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Yes Brian, you and yours are pitiful. No looting tonight, *****
 
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