Amazon asks drivers with free time to deliver its parcels – FT.com

Under a scheme Amazon began testing in its home town of Seattle last year, the US ecommerce group will offer British car owners cash to ferry parcels between a local distribution centre and customers’ homes.

The company expects UK deliveries to begin this month in Birmingham, where it has been advertising on online jobs websites such as Gumtree and Craigslist since June.

It will initially use freelance drivers to make same-day deliveries, including under its “Prime Now” service, which offers a range of 15,000 products for delivery within one hour.

Source: Amazon asks drivers with free time to deliver its parcels – FT.com

Easypose Launches On-Demand Yoga Service that Takes the Stress Out of Fitness

Easypose, today announced the expansion of its on-­demand yoga instruction service that allows people to book a certified yoga teacher to their home, office or hotel via the Easypose web­-site and mobile app. The company is now offering the service to all major areas of Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, and New York metropolitan area. Since its debut in late 2015, Easypose is primed to exploit the gaps in the $27 billion yoga market.

Source: Easypose Launches On-Demand Yoga Service that Takes the Stress Out of Fitness

DriversKart join hands with QuikrServices for on-demand driver service in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai | Motoroids

The Driver on Demand category on QuikrServices is aimed at bridging the gap between the offline local driver services ecosystem, and online demand for the same. It will further strengthen its presence in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai as it gets access to Quikr’s consumers across each of these cities.

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Driverskart is already servicing 10,000 rides a month and is present in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. It has been one of the driver provider for self-drive car rental company zoomcar, justride, etc, and has a strong presence in both B2B and B2C segment.

Source: DriversKart join hands with QuikrServices for on-demand driver service in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai | Motoroids

How Service On-Demand Startup Connects Property Managers And Service Pros – Forbes

Servus is a service on-demand app that combines the best of three high-caliber apps: Uber, Zendesk, and Slack. Servus CEO Jamie Wollsigle saw an underserved market — property management — and thought of a creative way to serve that market. Specifically, property management represents a “$400 million, relationship-based services market where transactions are ad hoc.”

Source: How Service On-Demand Startup Connects Property Managers And Service Pros – Forbes

“Next Gen Gig Economy provider” ShiftPixy files for Reg-A IPO

The press release says ShiftPixy, a “Next Gen Gig Economy provider” and disruptive, too, is launching an IPO under the year-old Regulation A system. We’re already to the next generation of on-demand and gig work. Like Web 2.0 all over again?

The company, ShiftPixy, does not appear to have raised any funding to date and its news archive suggests it is less than a month old. The site is outwardly well executed but I see little evidence of activity by the company. Proceed with extreme caution in all Regulation A, or any, investing. These issues, in particular, carry reduced reporting and fiduciary liability by the officers than a traditional IPO. And this company appears to be less than a month old.

That said, the model of using local engagements with companies is potentially interesting. It’s a middle-man play wrapped in some cutting edge jargon — the site makes reference to itself as an example of the Distributed Autonomous Organization. However, its success lies entirely on the adoption of an untested labor category. And $5 million, the maximum that can be raised under Regulation A, is not a lot of money to drive a new standard, especially one that will be subject to Internal Revenue Service scrutiny.

Caution. Vision from the press release ahead:

ShiftPixy, Inc. (“ShiftPixy® or the “Company”)a disruptive Next Gen GIG Economy provider of unique insurance products, regulatory compliance services, proprietary human administration tools and variable labor force provider, that plans to enable unemployed, under-employed or part-time and/or full-time individuals to apply for variable shift work from businesses in their local market, today announced that, it has created a new hybrid type worker classification status, designed to avoid the pitfalls inherent in trying to classify shift workers as independent contractors in the traditional GIG Economy model… pitfalls which can lead to crippling litigation.

Source: Regulators Focus on Enhancing Guidelines for Booming Multi-Billion Dollar GIG Economy

Arcade City owner hasn’t been cited, but Austin’s not giving up | www.mystatesman.com

City officials said Monday they are still trying to reach the man in charge of Arcade City, a Facebook group that has been helping drivers and riders find each other since Uber and Lyft left town.

Last month the city started issuing fines and seizing cars of drivers with Arcade City, and on Friday the department attempted to ticket Arcade City founder Christopher David for operating a ride-hailing service without obtaining a city license.

Source: Arcade City owner hasn’t been cited, but Austin’s not giving up | www.mystatesman.com

Jamie Campolongo talks zTrip and the transportation service of the future – NEXTpittsburgh

Late last month, Yellow Cab of Pittsburgh hosted a press conference to publicly announce its transformation into the innovative app-based transportation service zTrip Taxi.

The announcement finalized the company’s aggressive $5 million rebranding campaign, which was initiated in order to compete with the ride-share startups Uber and Lyft. Among the new offerings are a crop of new drivers, an upscale black car service and a fleet of new and existing vehicles emblazoned with the zTrip logo.zTrip president Jamie Campolongo reflects on the decision to retire Yellow Cab and the next steps the company will soon take.

Source: Jamie Campolongo talks zTrip and the transportation service of the future – NEXTpittsburgh

Showdown over Seattle’s Uber union law: City asks court to toss U.S. Chamber’s lawsuit – GeekWire

See our Seattle Labor Panel video, from Seattle NOW, for a complete discussion of the issues and the legal options for Uber, Lyft and drivers in Washington State.

The city of Seattle will ask a federal judge this week to throw out a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over legislation that would allow Uber, Lyft and other “for hire” drivers to unionize.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed the lawsuit in March against the city of Seattle, arguing the legislation violates several federal laws and would “burden innovation, increase prices, and reduce quality and services for consumers.” Oral arguments in the case are set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday before Judge Robert S. Lasnik of U.S. District Court of Western Washington.

Source: Showdown over Seattle’s Uber union law: City asks court to toss U.S. Chamber’s lawsuit – GeekWire

Final Prop 1 tab for Uber, Lyft tops $10 million | www.mystatesman.com

The final tab for the failed attempt by Uber and Lyft to change Austin’s ride-hailing law: $10.3 million.

Ridesharing Works for Austin, the political action committee wholly funded by the two ride-hailing giants in their effort to pass a substitute city ordinance May 7, raised another $3.2 million between April 28 and July 15, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday. That included about $2.5 million in cash from Uber and just over $650,000 of in-kind donations by both companies.

Source: Final Prop 1 tab for Uber, Lyft tops $10 million | www.mystatesman.com

Postmates aqui-hires team behind controversial Famous game | TechCrunch

The Hey team are taking on their new roles effective immediately. Postmates, continuing its focus on delivery services rather than branching out into gaming, decided to not take on any of the IP.

“We will continue to operate Famous, but we’re looking for a good home for it as we speak,” says Chen, eager to not let the company’s creation die an untimely death. “We are talking to a number of interested parties.”

Source: Postmates aqui-hires team behind controversial Famous game | TechCrunch