UberEats, the online grocery service that competes with grocery giant Walmart, has partnered with Mexican food delivery service Mango Express to offer the popular service in the country.
The Mexican-owned grocery chain, which is backed by Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group, has been testing the UberEAT mobile app in Mexico and the company hopes to launch the service in 2018, Bloomberg reported.
The app will be available in several Mexican markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, according to Bloomberg.
The Mango-Express partnership with UberEATT, which also operates in China and Japan, is part of the company’s strategy to build a presence in emerging markets such as Mexico, Bloomberg said.
Mango Express, which sells groceries in its own stores in Los Angeles and New Jersey, is also planning to launch UberEatt in Mexico in 2018.
The Mexican-based grocer already offers delivery services in the US and has more than 40 stores in the United States.
UberEET has launched delivery services as a standalone service in China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.
Migo Express, based in Los Angles, is owned by the same parent company as Mango, which in 2016 acquired the online delivery service Grocery Express.
Mango also owns the popular delivery app Express.com.
Mago Express, founded in 2013, has more 20,000 employees in Mexico.
Migo Express currently offers delivery in 11 cities and in Mexico, the company said in a statement.
UberEATS, a popular service that offers free food delivery to UberX and Lyft vehicles, has grown to become the most popular delivery service in Mexico after it started offering free meals in Mexico for Uber drivers last year.
The UberE ATMs in Mexico have been in operation since December 2016.MGM Group has a stake in UberEBT, which it bought for $15 billion last year, and in Uber, which launched in 2019.
Uber EBT is a global payment service that is based on a mobile app, allowing drivers to earn cash on a daily basis.
Uber launched in the Philippines in September 2019 and has plans to expand to more countries in Asia.
Uber’s Mexican market, which has been growing, has a population of some 7 million people, including more than 50 million immigrants.