Instacart has teamed with the kitchenware store Sur La Table allowing customers to have access to ingredients, as well as, the tools to cook. This new program is launching in three markets ( San Francisco, Portland and Chicago) with the goal of going national.
Men account for 95 per cent of Uber drivers and 94 per cent of Deliveroo couriers, the most visible gig workers in Britain. But the gender imbalance appears to extend beyond these traditionally male-dominated sectors to other parts of the gig economy too.
In an effort to help workers who drive to work regain some of the time they lose shopping for gas, several companies are offering on-demand fuel services to spare motorists the trip to the pump. One of those companies, Booster Fuels, is currently offering its on-demand fueling services as an employee perk for companies in the California and Texas markets. PYMNTS recently spoke with Booster Fuels CEO Frank Mycroft about how the company’s service is helping office workers travel from home to work without having to stop to refill their tanks.
On-demand delivery company, Scootsy incubated by Mumbai-based Ant Farm has raised $3.6 million (about Rs. 23 crore) in a bridge round from Agnus Capital. The company, set up in 2015, counts premium restaurants across Mumbai as partners in its curated food delivery service.Food delivery currently constitutes 60% of its business while it also delivers gifts, flowers and services. Recently it tied up with on-demand food delivery app Areo by Google.
According to a document seen by the Financial Times, the European Commission will on Wednesday start a consultation with trade unions and employers on how to “ensure access to social protection for people in all forms of employment”, saying there is a need to adapt to a world where self-employment and “non-standard” work contracts are proliferating, especially among the young.
According to Manta’s survey, two-thirds of small business owners do not currently employ any contractors or freelancers, and 85 percent have no plans on hiring those types of workers within the next year. Further, 73 percent said they do not utilize online labor marketplaces, such as Upwork, to find and hire freelancers.
On-demand black cab app Gett is partnering with social care startup Cera to deliver over the counter medicines and other essential items to elderly patients.
That brings us to the on-demand economy. This economy is driven by technology that allows businesses to fulfill customer demands immediately. The Harvard Business Review reports the on-demand economy has over 22.4 million customers annually and $57.6 billion in spending.
In particular, [autonomous vehicle] technology could make long-haul shipping cheaper and faster because, unlike human drivers, machines do not command a salary or require down time. That would be important to Amazon, whose shipping costs continue to climb as the company sells more products and ships them faster, according to its annual report. Amazon even invested in its own fleet of trucks in December 2015 to give the company greater control over distribution.