Rideshare-Commerce Platform Cargo Debuts Collaborations With Snapchat and SnackNation For Its Los Angeles Launch


LOS ANGELES — June 13, 2018 — Cargo, the leading in-car commerce platform for the rideshare economy, today announces collaborations with Los Angeles-based Snapchat andSnackNation. This marks Cargo’s L.A. launch, and the company’s first expansion to the WestCoast. Now passengers in Cargo-equipped rideshare cars can order complimentary and retail products like Red Bull, RXBAR protein bars, Matcha Lip Balm by Winky Lux, SmartyPants Vitamins, and snacks curated by SnackNation, directly through the Snapchat app by scanning the Snapcode printed on every Cargo box.

“As we enter each new city, our mission is to tailor the Cargo experience and product selection to our riders’ preferences,” says Cargo CEO Jeff Cripe. “Snap is the ultimate L.A. success story. We’re thrilled to offer an even more seamless way to order products using Snapchat,and to provide them with the highest quality, trending snacks by partnering with SnackNation.”

By opening the Snapchat app and scanning the Snapcode printed on the Cargo box, L.A. riders have a familiar way to more easily browse and select products available during their ride.While browsing Cargo’s menu, riders can also unlock Snapchat Lenses from Cargo brands.

By partnering with SnackNation, the award-winning snack delivery service becomes Cargo’s lead national distributor for healthy, premium and emerging products. For Cargo’s L.A. launch, SnackNation’s selection includes Halfpops Simply Sea Salt Curiously Crunchy Popcorn, Nothing But The Fruit’s Raspberry Chia Real Fruit Bites, and Yomms Coco Twist Deli Nuts. As Cargo scales across the U.S., SnackNation will provide data and guidance to help Cargo predict and source products that fit into a regional and seasonal merchandising strategy tailored to a diverse national rider base.

"SnackNation is thrilled to be partnered with Cargo in their quest to elevate the ride-sharing experience for people across America," says SnackNation CEO Sean Kelly. "Cargo's in-car commerce platform provides an additional opportunity for our innovative brand partners to connect with key consumers at their most engaged moments. SnackNation brands, Cargo consumers and ride-sharing drivers all win thanks to this collaboration."

To celebrate Cargo’s L.A. launch, Red Bull will offer passengers complimentary energy drinks and RXBAR will offer complimentary all natural protein bars, delighting passengers during an otherwise idle ride. Other items available through Cargo include buzzworthy hangover cures, trendy beauty products, all-natural premium snacks, and travel electronics. For brands, Cargo is the only scalable, data-driven in-car solution for reaching Millennial and Generation Z audiences who avidly use Uber and other rideshare services.

After successful introductions in New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C.,Baltimore, Atlanta and Dallas, the L.A. launch is the next step in Cargo’s nationwide expansionplan for 2018. Cargo’s debut will allow local drivers to earn up to $300 more per month in commissions, referrals, and performance bonuses.

Cargo recently raised $5.5 million in venture funding to scale operations more rapidly across the U.S. The startup will reach more than 25 million passengers across 20,000 vehicles in 2018.

“Our mission is to help drivers earn more by providing the best ride experience possible. Fordrivers, it’s an easy decision: Cargo costs nothing, we pre-pack each Cargo kit, ship replenishments to your home, deposit money directly into your bank account, and improve your ratings. For passengers, you never have to worry about your phone dying, riding hungover, or suffering through that snack-less midnight ride from the airport. Everything youneed is a tap away on your phone,” said Cargo CEO and Founder Jeffrey Cripe.

Media Contact: Paolo Ramos | Max Borges Agency | paoloramos@maxborgesagency.com