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How Gig Economy Consolidation Happens

Postmates is working with Instacart, a competitor, to deliver groceries in the Bay Area during peak-demand times. Here are two home delivery companies, who probably have overlapping workforces (many giggers use several marketplaces to keep work flowing) with largely unique customer bases (if standard brand thinking holds and consumers do gravitate to single-brand relationships for […]

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Gigging Gains Influence At Full Employment

Gig work is gaining credibility, according to Inc.com, and it is changing the expectations for regular full-time employees who see the flexibility of gig work as a benefit they would like to use, too. As I’ve written for Gig Economy Group, every company faces new demands from workers, ranging from workplace flexibility using excellent technical […]

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Autonomous Economy? Not So Much, Yet

Eager to replace people your business processes? Uber is reconsidering its approach to autonomous vehicles after racing ahead with the project in Pittsburgh, the Bay Area, and Arizona, where a fatal accident with an Uber car raised serious safety questions. The company is laying off 100 autonomous car operators after one of them was found […]

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The Gig Economy Is Bigger Than We Admit

Quartz@Work provides a solid analysis of why the United States cannot agree on how many gig workers it has, which I’ve covered elsewhere. The Bureau of Labor Statistics counts only people who dedicate themselves to gig work, not the millions who work a side gig along with a main job.  The Federal Reserve gets the […]

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Gallup Intros The Real Future of Work” Magazine

Gallup, the surveying organization, has launched an intriguing new publication, The Real Future of Work. A data-intensive publication, the first issue addresses European workers’ sense that they will be able to keep up with automation and how workplace assessment programs align with corporate and personal goals.  The publication is worth downloading for its clear charts […]

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Meta-Management: Getting Data for Machine Learning Right

You will not be able to anticipate everything you will want to learn from a large body of data at first. Starting with a well-documented, flexible metadata model for your content and other data assets will ensure that the learning systems can understand new information in context and, with less work than starting with completely […]

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Robots need not apply for salesclerk jobs | CMO Strategy – Ad Age

Machine Learning will augment people in a variety of sales settings. AdAge talks about the role of AI in retail in this article. An in-home sales or service provider will also be supported by computer intelligence. For example, a rep will be able to capture customer feedback and personalize recommendations. The article reports that robots […]

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“False” Self-Employment and the Gig Economy – Where are We Now? – Lexology

“Flexibility” is cited by gig promoters as the benefit that defines on-demand work as better than “traditional employment,” but it often comes at a price. Recent UK rulings suggest that workers must be able to replace themselves — in other words, to subcontract their work — in order to be treated as non-employees. Real independent […]

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Hybridizing Sales: In-Home, Retail, and E-Commerce Mixed by Humans

Local On-Demand Services need people representing brands and, importantly, customer experience. At Gig Economy Group, we are building tools to extend personal selling. We debuted at the Direct Selling Association Conference with LifeVantage, our first commercial customer. After speaking with Eazl‘s Davis Jones about this idea, he riffs smartly on it in this video. Here’s […]

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4 HR Changes to Prepare for the Gig Economy | Onrec

Word. The on-demand worker, who may transition to a full-time, still flexible, arrangement, must be onboarded and, more so, made familiar and confident when using your branded content and selling tools. You can’t afford to skip the onboarding step with gig workers, but many employers do it, anyway. They don’t run background checks, provide training, […]