The unrevealed story for Uber now is the extent to which its initial regulatory and lobbying efforts will be unwound due to the company’s immaturity. Every large company goes through this transition from undisciplined, Wild West business development style. They usually do it before they reach a $60 Billion valuation.
Uber has hired law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP to review its Asia operations. It previously hired the firm to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014, Reuters reported in June.
Source: Uber reviews Asia business amid US bribery probe: Source
Automakers, who ultimately provide the rolling stock for on-demand mobility services, are getting into the subscription car buisness. Audi’s On Demand+, which includes insurance and maintenance, will compete with Cadillac and others’ concierge services.
Audi On Demand does not include unlimited mileage, and rates per mile vary by car. On Demand+ includes unlimited miles and insurance coverage, and a concierge service drops off and picks up the user’s chosen vehicle. Audi’s regular On Demand service isn’t that flashy, and users must wait for curbside concierge deliveries or park the car in designated drop-off areas to be picked up. Audi On Demand also charges by the day, while On Demand+ rental periods start at 4 hours and extend as long as 30 days.
Source: Audi launches car sharing for high-end customers
The headline is gigging is getting “cliquey.” This is just specialization of labor.
As the ranks of the gig economy swell, marketplaces are popping up to sift out top talent from a river of portfolios. Reedsy, a platform for connecting book writers with editors, designers, and publicists, allows only the publishing world’s elite to list their services on its site.
Source: You Can’t Gig With Us: Why The Freelance Economy Is Getting More Cliquey
The problem of day labor recruiting is older than on-demand (see On The Waterfront or your local Home Depot parking lot). Most companies will have a procurement team that plans for demand, rather than reacting to demand in real-time. Contractors, while temporary, often require some kind of brand awareness. ShiftGig could be a big player in local day labor, at home and in SMBs, but it’s hard to imagine a large brand, except in construction and warehousing, hiring this way. That’s still a big market.
While traditional staffing agencies still mostly focus on staffing up for a period of time with advance warning, hybrid technology and staffing companies like Shiftgig use an app to offer clients the ability to grab workers to fill last-minute shifts, which the workers can browse and claim on their smartphones anytime.
Source: Shiftgig, With New CEO, Positions Itself As The Job Board Of The Blue-Collar Gig Economy
Subscription local meals is a smart idea. One of the essential elements of on-demand services that we have not seen enough is “set and forget” choices for the customer. A subscription requires a different kind of customer care, based on check-ins to confirm satisfaction. Most on-demand services are still wrestling the problem of reaching the customer. Subscriptions keep customers.
Now, in one of the latest variations, a startup called MealPal has built a platform and service to let users “subscribe” to a list of restaurant take-out lunches and dinners, and today it’s announcing a healthy $20 million in funding to fuel its growth in markets where it is active today — the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia — and to expand to new ones like France.
Source: MealPal gobbles $20M for its restaurant meal subscription service | TechCrunch
Now boarding in the meta-on-demand category, food delivery for people waiting for planes. I’ll be at Heathrow next week, so will give Grab a try, perhaps. If I have to wait in line for my flight.
In response, a new batch of pick-up and delivery services has arrived on the scene to offer time-poor passengers an alternative to holding out for on-board plane food. In the US, two recently launched services, AirportSherpa and AtYourGate, deliver food and other retail items directly to passengers at their gate. Another similar offering, Grab, is slightly more established, operating at airports across the US and at London’s Heathrow. The service lets passengers order food in advance and collect it on the go from restaurants as they pass.
Source: How food delivery services are moving into airports – JLL Real Views
Private on-demand air travel remains fundable.
Leading private jet charter business Victor secures $20m in Series B investment round led by BP Ventures – the investment arm of global energy company BP.
Source: Victor, Leading On-Demand Jet Charter Marketplace, Closes $20m Series B Investment
Not a good way to create loyal drivers.
Uber is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit that says it secretly over charges riders and under pays drivers. In its defense, the ride-hailing service claims that nobody is being defrauded in its “upfront” rider fare pricing model. The fares charged to riders don’t have to match up with the fares paid to drivers, Uber said, because that’s what a driver’s “agreement” allows.
Source: Uber: We don’t have to pay drivers based on rider fares | Ars Technica
Lyft’s codesign the city of the future represent a model for civic engagement by companies. It is an effort to become a part of the community.
With the help of architecture firm Perkins+Will and transportation consultants Nelson/Nygaard, the ride-sharing company has reimagined a street for the future. The teams reenvisioned a concept for Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, a notoriously car-centric city. The average L.A. driver wastes over 100 hours a year sitting in traffic.
Source: Lyft’s redesigned street concept could fix L.A. traffic – Sep. 18, 2017
Delivering liquor and beer is difficult regulatory territory. But Amazon has the scale to attack the business which, until now, has been dominated by early-stage startups.
“[I]f anybody can apply pressure and creativity to the problem,” it’s Amazon, people in the industry tell CNBC. Back in August, the company very quietly added a handful more cities where Prime members can pay $8 for one-hour beer, wine, and spirits delivery (or get it for free, if they’ll wait two hours). This service is now available in a total of 12 cities: Cincinnati, Chicago, Columbus, L.A., Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. Another 20 are supposed to be added soon. Alexa also does alcohol voice-orders in some areas, and earlier this year, MillerCoors created an Amazon Dash button specifically for beer.
Source: Amazon Is Quietly Seizing Control of Booze Delivery Now, Too