Uber and Lyft spent the last four years cornering the millennial market. Now they’re going after a new demographic: senior citizens. Both ride-hailing companies recently announced partnerships with service providers that allow older customers to book rides through a phone operator, bypassing smartphone apps entirely.
Snagajob charges employers for the number of clicks, applicants, interviews and hires it lines up. It also sells annual subscriptions for use of its hiring software. Harrison, 53, declines to specify revenue but says Snagajob is breaking even. In February, the startup raised $100 million to develop new features and fund acquisitions.
But just because the gig economy “makes sense” doesn’t mean it works. Shady pricing has placed an entire subset of on-demand apps like Postmates and DoorDash, which rely on couriers, under scrutiny for making offerings seem more affordable than they really are. On-demand startups are predicated on the idea of becoming a habit, not a luxury.
As I mentioned in last week’s wrap-up posting, it was an important week in the shift from on-demand-and-on-your-own commodity services to personal and community-supporting engagement through on-demand services. Amazon is trying the first steps to flex work in distributed technical and logistics organization.
The Washington Post reports that Amazon is launching technical teams whose workers will only clock in for 30 hours a week. While plenty of employees at Amazon are part-time, the novelty here is that the teams are entirely made up of workers on a reduced schedule, including managers. The teams’ members will receive the same benefits as full-time employees, and 75% of a 40-hour workers’ pay.
Source: Amazon Tests 30-Hour Work Week
Bognet added that PlateJoy chose to partner with Instacart over other grocery services like Shipt and Amazon Prime because of Instacart’s national reach. The company delivers to roughly 25 regions across the country, and PlateJoy plans to extend its partnership to all of Instacart’s service areas by the end of 2016.
The company said its operations in nearby Dubai continued as normal.
The National newspaper said the suspension came after the arrest of some 50 drivers.