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Didi's 99 ride-hailing app to launch delivery service in Brazil

Similar to Uber Flash, 99 launches a new feature to send packages as well as a more affordable category for rides

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  • Owned by the Chinese mobility company Didi Chuxing, 99 app is launching two new categories within its platform: one for delivering packages up to 10 kg; and another for cheaper rides;
  • 99’s delivery service seems to be a response to Uber Flash, launched in Brazil as a new platform to send packages.

The ride-hailing app 99 is seeking alternatives for drivers to continue running through the period of social isolation in Brazil. The company, owned by China’s Didi Chuxing, launched on Monday two new categories for delivery services and more affordable rides, as reported by the Brazilian newspaper Estadão.

Called 99 Entrega, the delivery service kicks off in the city of Goiânia, but will soon reach major cities such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Belo Horizonte. The company’s delivery service is already in operation in other Latin American countries, like Chile and Colombia.

99 Poupa, on the other hand, is the new service to target more affordable rides. According to the company, the service will cost around 15% less than 99 Pop current category. For now, the launch will be available only in the city of Duque de Caxias, but is set to reach the rest of the State of Rio de Janeiro in the coming weeks.

China’s biggest ride-hailing company, Didi Chuxing saw its ride-sharing orders in its homeland this month recover to levels seen over the same period a year earlier, its founder and CEO Cheng Wei said in a statement.