NEW YORK — Cargo, the company putting small vending machines inside ride-hailing vehicles, has expanded its partnership with Uber in New York City. The partnership allows drivers to provide passengers with products and services while on the trip, some of which can be found in convenience stores.
Drivers can now register and pick up their free Cargo Box at Uber’s Queens Greenlight Hub in Long Island City to provide passengers with snacks, electronics, digital perks and more through Cargo’s mobile platform. To mark this expansion, Cargo will offer complimentary Red Bull Energy Drink and Red Bull Sugar Free to passengers citywide for a limited time.
More than 20,000 ride-hailing drivers using Cargo now distribute products from CPG brands such as Kellogg’s, Mars Wrigley Confectionery and Coca-Cola to passengers. Passengers may buy or receive complimentary products and can access digital products, such as discounted SeatGeek tickets, through Cargo. Cargo’s New York City expansion is the first in a series of domestic and international launches planned with Uber for 2019.
“In the seven months since launching our exclusive partnership with Uber, Cargo has signed up tens of thousands of drivers, reached over 12 million passengers and distributed millions of products to happy riders. We can’t wait to bring Cargo to many more U.S. and international markets,” said Jeff Cripe, Cargo founder and CEO.
Uber drivers may sign up and receive a Cargo box at no cost. New York City Uber drivers can now use an expedited Cargo sign-up process and access to ongoing in-person help on Thursdays and Fridays at Uber’s Queens Greenlight Hub in Long Island City.
New York-based Cargo operates in a number of U.S. markets, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Atlanta. Cargo has raised $30 million in venture funding to grow its business. Since its launch in July 2017, Cargo has put more than 20,000 of its in-car vending machines in ride-hailing vehicles around the country.