CHICAGO -- Back in April, when futurist Oliver Schlake told NACS State of the Industry Summit attendees in Chicago about his vision of the future, in which ride-sharing passengers visit convenience stores in the middle of their trip, I was skeptical.
Uber or Lyft passengers want to reach their destination as fast as possible, right? I for one would not want to stop anywhere until the trip was complete.
Not only was I wrong, but fate proved me wrong at breakneck speed. Lyft announced a partnership with Taco Bell on July 25, not even four months after the SOI Summit. The feature is dubbed Taco Mode, in which late-night bar goers can “ride-thru” a Taco Bell on their way home.
Meanwhile, Uber has partnered with startup Cargo to bring the c-store inside the car, albeit in a minimalist way. Cargo sends ride-share drivers in-car vending machines that the driver can use to sell passengers snacks and other items.
Both of these moves from America’s largest ride-sharing companies are bringing convenience inside the vehicle. Click through for more details on these industry-expanding moves from Uber and Lyft, and what they might mean for the convenience industry moving forward …