On Thursday, ride-hailing giant Uber and vending service startup Cargo began introducing a new option for drivers to make additional money through selling goods to passengers during the ride. According to the terms of the partnership, Uber will acquire an undisclosed equity stake in the startup.
Uber drivers will be allowed to carry Cargo boxes in their cars free of charge, and sell merchandise, such as gum, snacks, phone chargers or beauty products that they come with. Free samples would also be included in the boxes, and drivers would be able to make at least $1 per transaction or 25% commission of all sales. Annually, it’s possible to make up to $3,000 from selling the merchandise.
Since 2017, Cargo boxes have been available to around 7,000 active drivers. From today, Uber drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco are the first ones who get to pick up the boxes at Uber’s driver support locations.