nuTonomy and Grab launch partnership to expand public trial of on-demand self-driving car service

Beginning today, select [Singapore-based] Grab customers can use the Grab app to book a ride in a nuTonomy SDV through a special “robo-car” fleet icon. All rides are free-of-charge and customers may travel within the one-north business district as well as to adjacent neighbourhoods.

Source: nuTonomy and Grab launch partnership to expand public trial of on-demand self-driving car service

Will on-demand beauty services connect with Macy’s customers? – RetailWire

Yesterday, Macy’s and beGlammed, an on-demand beauty service, announced a partnership that will let the department store’s customers schedule in-home visits from more than 1,200 stylists in 22 markets around the U.S.

Shawn Outler, senior vice president, leased businesses at Macy’s, called beauty “a core signature business” for the retailer and “a platform for profitable growth” in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Source: Will on-demand beauty services connect with Macy’s customers? – RetailWire

Apped to be Screwed | The Indypendent

A comprehensive critique of LODE. It assumes, however, that the 30 percent cut for marketplaces, which we’ve argued is unsustainable, is a permanent feature of the economy going forward. Instead, marketplaces will take a utility role in the long run, more like VISA and at similar rates. Or, they will add value, in the form of health care coverage, savings programs, group buying and other services that make marketplace shares more attractive. And, yet, they can and will fall to lower shares of the total economy from today’s 30 percent while doing those things. Today, marketplaces optimize for price and ignore the price paid by labor for flexibility. Eventually, the marketplace will be serving the workers as much as the “customer” the worker delivers services to for a fee.

Most of the cheery people are pitching their services — whether it’s doing laundry or, as Taskrabbit advertised ahead of Fashion Week this month, being your Instagram husband — in the $20 to $30 range. But the company, which describes itself as “revolutionizing everyday work,” takes a 30 percent cut.

Not all revolutions are for the better.

Source: Apped to be Screwed | The Indypendent

SAP and UPS Open Up On-Demand 3D Printing Services to Additional Companies Through Expanded Early Adopters Program | 3DPrint.com

Now UPS and SAP are opening up the project to multiple companies who will act as co-innovators in the early stages. These initial customers will act as beta testers of a sort, helping SAP to test, validate and improve the new system as necessary – while being the first to benefit from the reduced inventories, shorter, more cost-effective prototype and production runs, fast delivery, and 3D printing capabilities the program offers.

Source: SAP and UPS Open Up On-Demand 3D Printing Services to Additional Companies Through Expanded Early Adopters Program | 3DPrint.com

Why U.S. companies pay headhunters $15,000 to fill manufacturing jobs – MarketWatch

When Kevin Nading needed to hire nine skilled craftsmen with at least five years of experience for Caterpillar Inc.’s factory here in the Midwest, it took him six months to find them. He has paid recruiters finder’s fees of as much as $15,000 for experienced workers with the right mix of skills. He’s even had to pay relocation costs.

Source: Why U.S. companies pay headhunters $15,000 to fill manufacturing jobs – MarketWatch

Doctor On Demand Announces New Chief Marketing Officer | Business Wire

Doctor On Demand, the leading on-demand video medicine provider, today announced that Jennifer Nuckles has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer. Formerly Chief Marketing Officer at Zynga, Nuckles has 20 years of extensive experience driving customer growth and engagement with products — from consumer goods, to enterprise channels, to social games, to eCommerce platforms.

Source: Doctor On Demand Announces New Chief Marketing Officer | Business Wire

In Support Of The (Best) On-Demand Marketplace | PYMNTS.com

In the latest discussion of just what makes a great online marketplace, Michael Ting, Hyperwallet’s senior vice president of digital markets, weighed in on the need for services in a well-constructed marketplace. Specifically, Ting highlighted the need for what he and Karen Webster agreed remains a “critical component” of a marketplace: integrated support. Support mechanisms that can assist contract workers (or gig workers, as they may be colloquially known) when they encounter problems with technology or have trouble getting paid in a timely manner are among those platform components that often don’t get the attention they deserve. Typically, it’s not until a marketplace desperately needs a support mechanism that it realizes its absence.

Source: In Support Of The (Best) On-Demand Marketplace | PYMNTS.com

Employee Tenure Summary: Retention headed downward

The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer
was 4.2 years in January 2016, down from 4.6 years in January 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today.

Source: Employee Tenure Summary

beGlammed Announces Exclusive Nationwide Beauty Service Partnership with Macy’s | Business Wire

beGlammed, the leading on-demand beauty service that delivers hair and makeup to the customer’s front door, today announced a new partnership with Macy’s.

Source: beGlammed Announces Exclusive Nationwide Beauty Service Partnership with Macy’s | Business Wire

GotU goes national with new app targeting breakdowns by drivers under-40 | afr.com

A new “on demand” roadside assistance app targets “cynical” drivers who think traditional memberships don’t offer value for money.

Source: GotU goes national with new app targeting breakdowns by drivers under-40 | afr.com