BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia’s commerce regulator said on Friday it will probe Mother’s Day complaints that mobile applications Rappi, Uber Eats (UBER.N), iFood and Domicilios.com failed to deliver on time or at all and were slow in making refunds.
Colombians have been stuck at home under a nationwide coronavirus lockdown since late March, leaving them more reliant on apps for food and gift deliveries for the celebration on Sunday.
The Superintendency of Industry and Commerce has asked the app companies how many orders they had expected, how they prepared and how they estimate delivery times, it said in a statement posted on its website.
The regulator also asked how they modify promised delivery times and their refund procedures.
“If any conduct is found that violates consumer rights, like misleading or insufficient information, lack of quality or suitability of goods and services, ignorance of the right to retraction or reversal of payment or another infraction of the terms of the Consumer Statue, it could lead to fines of up to 2,000 minimum monthly salaries,” the statement said.
That fine is equivalent to about $445,000.
Rappi said in a statement it understood the inconvenience that server failures on Sunday might have caused and was trying to address them.
“We are working to respond to this request with all of the available information and to collaborate, as we always have done, with the relevant authorities,” the company said.
Uber said in a statement it had received a request for information from the regulator and was examining it.
iFood said in a statement it had not been officially informed of the probe but was willing to cooperate with the regulator. Every consumer complaint received through the app is responded to, iFood said, while reimbursements vary based on when complaints were made and the customer’s payment method.
Domicilios.com did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta, additional reporting by Nelson Bocanegra in Bogota and Gabriela Mello in Sao Paulo; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Dan Grebler, Richard Chang, Steve Orlofsky and Cynthia Osterman