Uber considers cannabis, public transit pays, and Lyft drivers get fixed. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Looks like Uber is taking the high road on weed delivery. CNBC explains:
Uber could start delivering cannabis once federal regulation allows the company to do so, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC on Monday.
“When the road is clear for cannabis, when federal laws come into play, we’re absolutely going to take a look at it,” Khosrowshahi said in a “TechCheck” interview.
After driver numbers sank, some think its time Uber makes a sharp turn. Wall Street Journal explains.
That suggests consumer demand is…
Uber takes back control, Apple eyes cars, and Instacart introduces credit cards. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
After Uber allowed California drivers to set their own prices, they’ve decided to revoke that right. Business Insider explains:
Too many drivers took advantage of the control Uber gave them, picking the most profitable rides while declining others, which made it harder for customers to get rides and hurt Uber’s business, the company said. The Chronicle reported that one-third of drivers turned down 80% of rides.
Industry observers said the move is hardly surprising, but it undermines Uber’s claim that the changes were ever…
Britain busts Uber, Tinder gets a Lyft, and hackers hit delivery. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
After Britain ruled rivers were not contractors, many are asking “Why not here?” The New York Times reported:
There is no direct equivalent to Britain’s “worker” classification in the United States, and employers in Britain are spared direct funding of employee medical benefits thanks to the National Health Service. But Uber’s switch marks a significant test. If Uber can sustain its business while granting drivers improved guaranteed benefits and a financial safety net, then surely that model can be replicated elsewhere.
Uber tells all, riders are up and drivers get vaccines. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Uber and Lyft join forces to tell all. Smart Cities Dive explains:
Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft announced a partnership late last week on the Industry Sharing Safety Program, an effort by both companies to share information about drivers who have been deactivated for the most serious safety incidents including sexual assault and physical assaults resulting in a fatality.
The two companies will share information on drivers deactivated related to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual assault, which are contained within the National Sexual Violence…
Drivers demand more, data comes into play, and a passenger attacks a driver. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
After 6 months, the head of Uber Eats left the company. Restaurant Dive explains:
Stephane Ficaja, head of Uber Eats’ U.S. and Canada divisions, is departing the delivery platform after just six months, Uber confirmed in an email.
When Ficaja assumed his role late last summer, Uber Eats had just become Uber’s most lucrative business thanks to depressed rides bookings and the meteoric rise of its delivery sales, both caused by pandemic disruption.
Chicago hits the breaks, Uber drops its bots, and Instacart goes racing. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Want to throw away $35? Then drive 6 mph over the speed limit in Chicago. Block Club Chicago reported:
Drivers will be fined $35 if a speed camera catches them going 6–10 mph over the speed limit and $100 if they’re going even quicker, according to the Mayor’s Office. Tickets are sent in the mail.
Uber says goodbye to bots, sort of. Bloomberg explains:
Uber Technologies Inc. is spinning out Postmates’ delivery robot operation into a separate startup, marking another chapter in the…
Tips are down, surveys get real, and Lyft goes retro. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Turns out the pandemic wasn’t so hot for Uber’s business model. Forbes explains:
Since many of these businesses are at best barely profitable as a result of their strategy[…]let alone meet health insurance costs or provide sick or holiday pay […] No wonder that, as the Financial Times reports, they are fighting to change the law.
Uber pitches to Europe, Lyft looks towards the future, and UberCheats gets yanked. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Uber’s Prop-22 incentive has a new target: Europe. CNBC explains:
The U.S. ride-hailing giant shared a “white paper” with EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, jobs commissioner Nicolas Schmit and other officials. It urged policymakers to implement reforms that protect drivers and couriers operating through an app, without reclassifying them as employees.
Uber said the EU could alternatively set new principles through a “European model of social dialogue” between platform workers, policy makers and industry representatives.
Uber ushers people to Walgreens, we offer a $10,000 reward, and rideshare considers bitcoin. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Family Dollar gets some added value. Home Business World explains:
To shop for delivery, Family Dollar customers can visit www.instacart.com/family-dollar or download the Instacart app on their mobile device. Then, an Instacart shopper will pick and deliver the order within the customer’s chosen delivery time frame in as little as an hour. Shoppers also can set up deliveries in advance.
Looks like Uber and Walgreens are teaming up to get people vaccinated. CNET explains:
Uber drinks up Drizly, Amazon goes AI, and IDG demands better for drivers. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
In a slap in the face to drivers, Instacart’s “Ethical” competitor seems to have some flaws. Vice explains:
Dumpling is now in hot water with many of the gig workers on its platform, which it calls “business owners.” …