“[A] much-replicated business model. Bicycles, phone chargers, umbrellas and even basketballs can all be rented by the hour. Even purveyors of music have got in on the act: telephone-box-style karaoke booths outside malls and supermarkets in some of the biggest cities allow crooners to dart in for a swift lunchtime song or two, and even record it. Jiedian, a spin-off from electronics accessory maker Anker, plans to place more than 1m of its AnkerBox phone-charging units in Chinese bars and cafes this year.
Lyft Lux and Lyft SUV debut Thursday in five markets — San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago — with 20 other cities coming on line in mid-June. Expect the services to cost up to double that of a Lyft Premier ride, and up to five times a basic Lyft fare, says the company’s chief business officer David Baga.
Nearly a quarter of U.S. adults have sold or traded in a vehicle in the last 12 months, with 9% of that group turning to ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft as their main way to get around, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
“No question, I’m sad that the Sprig model did not work out — but the food delivery space on the whole is growing,” wrote its CEO and cofounder Gagan Biyani. “The demand for Sprig’s convenient, high-quality food was always incredibly high, but the complexity of owning meal production through delivery at scale was a challenge.”
This type of scheduling will allow drivers to develop loyal riders and differentiate service by price (plus tip). An important move toward empowering drivers to profit.
Lyft is introducing a new way for drivers to book rides that will change how the nascent industry has worked until now.Now when riders schedule rides in advance, drivers can choose to accept them days or hours beforehand, with full knowledge of where the passenger is going and how long it may take them.
Due to the rise of part-time staff, is it no longer acceptable to put emphasis on those who work full time. Managers need to understand the needs of everyone who work in the company, to ensure they feel included and valued. This extends to out-sourced workers or temporary, seasonal staff, who several years ago, would have slipped through the nets.
For context, there are currently more gig workers than people employed in the entire information sector (which includes publishing, telecommunication and data processing jobs) and IT services combined, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The British luxury brand says that the service will enable existing customers to “avoid the inconvenience and disruption of traditional rental car services” and instead give them the option of a Bentley model.
While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an estimated 50 percent of the workforce won’t even have basic benefits by 2020 — and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to do something about that.
This is a reflection of the same issue reported as “the meritocracy is becoming hereditary” earlier today, but from the health perspective on life outcomes.
Attention is turning to the health and wellbeing of this fast-growing workforce, which numbers about 1.3m in the UK. One academic is even calling for a “Gighall” study — akin to the landmark Whitehall studies into the health of civil servants.
Source: Why ‘gig health’ matters