Uber has already disrupted taxi service in metropolitan areas like San Francisco, New York and Chicago with its affordable and convenient ride-sharing service, and now the multibillion dollar startup could be planning to use its massive fleet of vehicles and drivers to take on delivery services like Amazon Prime, Google Express, FedEx and UPS.
The Wall Street Journal and Re/code report that Uber has hired away Google’s head of its same-day delivery business Tom Fallows, an e-commerce veteran that has led Google Express since creating the online shopping service in late 2012. A spokeswoman for Uber confirmed the Fallows hiring, but declined to provide comment about his specific role.
“It’s been awesome to help this team build Google Express from just a concept to a national service with paying members and dozens of merchant partners,” Fallows said in a statement provided by Google. “Even though the next stage of my career takes me outside Google, I’m really excited to watch Google Express continue to thrive and expand.”
Google Express provides same-day or overnight delivery from local stores and popular retailers in select cities across the United States. The service, similar to Amazon Prime, allows users to order items online and have them delivered by courier during a specified delivery window. A three-month trial is available to new customers through next March.
Google confirmed that it has not yet found a replacement for Fallows, who worked for the search company since 2010.