Uber to focus on core rides and delivery business as it cuts jobs

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Uber Technologies will concentrate on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an Email to employees, announcing the company’s second round of job cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. 

KEY POINTS

  • Uber will concentrate on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery
  • The company will cut approximately 3,000 additional jobs, on top of the 3,700 jobs announced previously
  • CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also announces the closure of some 45 offices, including the office in Singapore

Uber will cut about 3,000 jobs, in addition to the 3,700 it had announced earlier this month, Khosrowshahi said, adding that the company plans to reduce investments in several “non-core projects.”

Shares in Uber rose 8% to $35.27 on the news.

In a separate regulatory filing, Uber on Monday said the lay-offs and restructuring measures are expected to generate $1 billion in annual cost savings compared to pre-pandemic estimates.

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Uber Technologies has been working on various other businesses, including the development of self-driving cars and a freight logistics network. Khosrowshahi did not directly mention these businesses in his Email and a spokesman declined to comment beyond the email.

Khosrowshahi said Uber must establish itself as a self-sustaining enterprise no longer in need of outside capital, calling the company’s food delivery business Uber Eats the “next enormous growth opportunity.”

Uber is currently in talks with GrubHub Inc to reinforce its food delivery business.

The ride-hailing business has suffered a near-total collapse as large parts of the North America and the rest of the world shut to combat the spread of the virus.

Nearly two-thirds of Uber’s revenue is generated in the US and Canada, where stay-at-home orders were issued in the middle of March. The company said that trip requests had plummeted 80% globally in April, but were slowly recovering.

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Khosrowshahi also said the company would wind down its office in Singapore over the next 12 months, and move to a new “hub” in the Asia-Pacific region.

Uber would also close down about 45 of its offices, including the one at Pier 70 in San Francisco.

Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru and Tina Bellon in New York. Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Marguerita Choy.

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