Investors Load $500 Mn Into Uber’s Trucking Business

Uber on Friday said an investment group led by Greenbriar Equity is pumping $500 million into its trucking unit.

The preferred stock financing values Uber Freight at $3.3 billion, and comes as the San Francisco-based company’s core ride-sharing service is stalled due to the pandemic.

Uber Freight matches truckers to shippers in much the way the ride service connects passengers with drivers in the so-called on-demand economy.

While Uber’s ride service has suffered due to people hunkering down or being reluctant to get into cars with strangers due to Covid-19 risk, the freight unit, which launched in 2017, has grown.

“We have led the industry with technology, transforming dated and analog processes to ensure that both shippers and carriers are equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing industry,” said Uber Freight chief Lior Ron.

Uber said it will retain a majority stake in Freight, using the money to expand the

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Uber’s push to expand its food delivery empire just hit another roadblock as the DOJ scrutinizes its plan to buy Postmates



a person holding a sign: Uber has become increasingly reliant on food delivery during the pandemic. Reuters


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Uber has become increasingly reliant on food delivery during the pandemic. Reuters

  • The DOJ is taking a closer look at Uber’s plans to buy Postmates, Uber disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday.
  • The “second request,” as it’s called, puts the deal on hold indefinitely until both companies “substantially comply” with the government’s request for more details and it gives the deal a green light.
  • But the DOJ’s request signals it’s “concerned about the deal,” Sam Weinstein, a former DOJ antitrust lawyer, told Business Insider.
  • Uber pivoted to buy Postmates after merger talks with Grubhub reportedly fell through over similar  antitrust concerns as the platform faces increased scrutiny from lawmakers.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Uber’s plans to expand its food delivery business by acquiring Postmates have hit a roadblock.

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In a regulatory filing Friday, Uber disclosed that the US Department of Justice has issued

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Uber’s Future in London Rests on Two Key Rulings on Monday

(Bloomberg) — Uber Technologies Inc. faces a two-pronged test to regain its London license when a judge issues his ruling Monday.



a hand holding a cellphone: A commuter uses the Uber Technologies Inc. app on a smartphone in view of 30 St Mary Axe also known as 'the Gherkin' in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Uber lost its license in London for the second time in less than three years, putting one of its biggest markets outside of the U.S. at risk after the transport regulator said it failed to address safety concerns.


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A commuter uses the Uber Technologies Inc. app on a smartphone in view of 30 St Mary Axe also known as ‘the Gherkin’ in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Uber lost its license in London for the second time in less than three years, putting one of its biggest markets outside of the U.S. at risk after the transport regulator said it failed to address safety concerns.

The ride-hailing app’s future in its biggest European market hinges on whether Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram finds it “fit and proper” to operate in the capital. If he does, Transport for London and Uber will negotiate a license, and the judge will have to approve the length. If it loses, Uber can continue

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