- Uber For Business platform includes the new Commutes service to support companies with gradually re-opening their workplaces
- Demand from corporate clients for Uber for Business increased by 120% across Europe
As lockdowns are slowly being lifted across Romania, businesses are cautiously re-opening workplaces with strict social distancing measures in place. To meet the evolving needs of Romania’s businesses and cities in the ‘new normal’, Uber is expanding its “Uber 4 Business” platform to offer new solutions to help them transport employees safely.
As commuting and weekday trips will be essential to the recovery of cities and local economies, Uber has accelerated the expansion of its Uber for Business Commute service, to create safe commuting solutions for small, medium and large employers. With the new Uber for Business Commute service, businesses can create dedicated commute programs to cover the costs of getting employees to and from the office, using Uber’s suite of products.
“Uber is committed to building innovative and safe solutions that meet the needs of businesses in the ‘new normal’. We have seen our platform and technologies deliver great value for small, medium and large enterprises, and we are working hard to support corporate clients and their employees with the safest and most cost-efficient solutions during the time of economic recovery“, says Nicoleta Diaconu, General Manager Uber Romania.
With these solutions, corporate clients can choose what pick up and drop off locations employees can request rides to or from, including offices and transit stations for first and last mile solutions. They can also set up the time and days to provide employees with rides, whether that’s traditional rush hours or part of new office shift schedules. Similarly, companies can also allow employees to commute when it’s convenient for them, such as late at night or early in the morning, thereby giving them an easy, affordable, and safe alternative to using private vehicles or corporate car fleets, without requiring any parking facilities.
Through a newly facilitated online process, businesses of all sizes can now sign up for free and create an account for their employees in a matter of hours. With just one Uber for Business account, companies can access all of Uber’s services (UberX, Comfort etc), without any upfront costs, subscriptions or minimum spends, and only pay for the rides they use. The platform also includes an easy-to-use dashboard to manage employee rides and meals, with simple invoicing and payment options.
As more and more companies are preparing for their employees to return to the workplace, the number of businesses requesting Uber 4 Business products has increased by 120% across Europe over the past few months. The significance of this positive trend was also highlighted by Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi who stated that the recent rebound of Uber’s business was largely led by weekday 9 to 5 trips, including commute use cases. And while these new services are helping businesses and cities get back to work, they are also unlocking new earning opportunities for drivers.
While Uber is supporting business and cities during their economic recovery, safety continues to be a top priority. Over the last weeks, the company rolled out a broad range of new features and policies to help protect the health and safety of riders and drivers.
Drivers and riders are asked to wear masks and must agree to adhering with certain safety measures before taking a ride. In most countries, drivers are also required to verify they are wearing a mask or face covering by taking a selfie before they can go online. Drivers and riders must also confirm they have washed their hands, sanitized the car and keep windows open when possible.
Uber also ensured that all users remain accountable for safety, by implementing a revised feedback system, allowing riders and drivers to report hygiene and safety issues directly through the app.