Uber Eats, the online food ordering and delivery platform, has joined forces with Adoozy Power, a mobile rental network, to introduce a power bank delivery service to address South Africa’s persistent power problems. The partnership utilises Uber Direct, the last-mile white-label delivery solution of Uber Eats, enabling consumers to rent power banks and have them delivered to their doorsteps.
By using the “Adoozy Collect” in-app feature, individuals in need of a power source to charge their smartphones and other devices can place an order through the app. Within 30-40 minutes, an Uber Direct driver will deliver a power bank. The user can subsequently request the return of the power bank within 24 hours, and a driver will collect it.
This collaboration comes as load shedding continues to disrupt the lives of South African citizens, impacting their ability to stay connected and use essential devices. Kegan Peffer, CEO of Adoozy Power, emphasised the partnership’s potential to provide on-demand convenience to modern consumers while addressing the ongoing power challenges.
Adoozy Power, an award-winning rental network service, has offered power banks for rent at strategic locations across South African cities since 2020 to keep people ‘on the go’ powered up.
With a focus on convenience, Adoozy Power recognised the demand for a ‘bring-it-to-me’ level of service among its users, which led to the development of the Adoozy Collect service. This service offers greater convenience and value as users can deliver power banks to their location, saving them the hassle of returning them.
Uber Direct SA’s Lead, Zonke Mthethwa, highlighted the partnership’s role in addressing a real day-to-day need for South Africans and emphasised the solution’s quick and efficient nature.
For South Africans, having a charged phone is essential for safety.
Frequent power cuts have heightened concerns about battery anxiety. A survey conducted by Adoozy found that nearly 60% of young South Africans reported feeling anxious, unsafe, and vulnerable when without their phones. The service aims to harness technology to help solve real issues, keeping people connected and safe.
To use the service, users must download the Adoozy Power app from the App Store or Google Play, register with their bank card and contact details, and choose various rental options. Delivery fees apply, and the service is initially piloted in Johannesburg, with plans for national expansion.
The areas covered include Sandton, Rosebank, Houghton, Randburg, Greenside, Melrose, and Bedfordview. For further details, visit www.adoozypower.co.za.
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