Saudi Arabia: ecommerce developments

Date : 09 September 2019

As Souq.com launches a same day delivery service in Saudi Arabia and Uber Eats appoints a new general manager for the country, we round up news from the country.

Souq.com adds same day delivery offer

Amazon-owned Souq.com has launched the Fulfilled by Souq service, which will enable shoppers in Riyadh and Jeddah who purchase goods before midday to receive their orders on the same day. The company said it was the first ecommerce firm to offer the service, which costs SAR24 (about US$6.40), in the country. To benefit from the service Souq said there was no minimum order requirement.

Commenting on the service’s launch, Souq.com’s general manager for Saudi Arabia, Saleem Hammad, said: “We believe that deploying innovation that allows for same day delivery is a significant step forward for the region, allowing customers to choose from a large assortment of products and categories at the quickest turnaround.

Uber Eats appoints new general manager

Uber has appointed Assad Numan as its general manager for Uber Eats in Saudi Arabia. The company said that following the launch of the service in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, ‘Numan will lead the next phase of expansion across the kingdom’. He will also focus on growing the number of restaurants, from the more than 2,500 that use it as of September 2019, for their deliveries.

Discussing Uber Eats’ operations in Saudi Arabia, Numan said: “Uber Eats is thriving in one of the most competitive markets in the region for food delivery… Saudi Arabia is a primary market for us, with a thriving food culture, and we are committed to expanding our footprint by providing a reliable service that brings food lovers their favourite meals all across the Kingdom.