Uber Technologies has completed the acquisition of delivery robot startup Postmates in an all-stock transaction.
The two companies have begun the process of integrating US operations.
The transaction brings together Uber’s global Mobility and Delivery platform with Postmates’ business in the US to strengthen the delivery of food, groceries, essentials, and other goods.
The consumer-facing Postmates and Uber Eats apps will continue to run separately, supported by a “more efficient”, combined merchant and delivery network.
In connection with the closing, Uber has signaled its commitment to the success of the restaurants and merchants who use its technology to reach customers and delivery people by launching a “national listening tour”.
These efforts are designed to better understand merchants’ needs, and to continue to develop products, services, and policies that protect their interests.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, says: “Uber and Postmates have long been committed to powering delivery services that support local commerce and communities, all the more important during crises like the one we face today. We’re thrilled to bring these two teams together to continue to innovate, bringing ever-better products and services for merchants, delivery people, and consumers across the country.”
Bastian Lehmann, co-founder and CEO of Postmates, says: “We built Postmates to empower local commerce and bring the best of your city to your home, especially in cities like Los Angeles and across the southwest.
“I’m confident that alongside Uber Eats we will create even more opportunities for our customers, continue to drive growth for our merchants, and deliver unique earning opportunities for our Postmates.”