Pizza has a delivery problem

Pizza places have always been experts when it comes to delivery, flexing with remote drop-offs and robot delivery cars. But now they’re facing a problem: not enough drivers. In early March, Domino’s then-CEO Ritch Allison warned that a driver shortage would be a drag on business. “Delivery driver staffing may remain a significant challenge in the near term,” he …

Amazon’s surprising new delivery partners: Rural mom-and-pop shops

Since at least last summer, Amazon has quietly been recruiting mom-and-pop shops in rural America to join an experimental delivery program. The company is paying participating small businesses a per-package fee to deliver Amazon orders within a 10-mile radius to their neighbors’ homes in states like Nebraska, Mississippi, and Alabama. The local businesses Amazon is …

Alabama, Georgia lawmakers make Uber, Grubhub drivers impartial contractors

Alabama and Georgia are poised to join those states’ ranks in clarifying that drivers for Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, and other delivery and ridesharing apps should be considered independent contractors, not employees with workers’ compensation and other benefits. The Georgia Senate on Monday unanimously approved House Bill 389 and sent it to the governor. The bill …

“Warning Signs” Show Great Resignation Not Slowing Down: Randstad Survey

The phenomenon of record numbers of workers quitting their positions may persist among employees who remain unsatisfied with their jobs, according to a survey (pdf) by Randstad NV, a global provider of employment services. Dubbed the “great resignation” by experts, the trend has seen job openings outnumber individuals searching for employment opportunities, leaving employers scrambling to …

Waitr adjusts driver pay, adds new GasCard program

Dive Brief: Waitr has debuted a GasCard program that gives drivers 5% off on gas from all major gas stations and is adjusting driver pay to offset historically high gas prices, according to a press release emailed to Restaurant Dive. The release did not disclose how driver compensation would change.  Waitr joins DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber …

DoorDash, Grubhub offer drivers relief for gas costs

Dive Brief: DoorDash is launching a Gas Rewards program to help drivers cover expensive gas costs. The offering includes 10% cashback on fuel via DasherDirect and a weekly gas bonus for frequent delivery workers based on mileage. Grubhub began increasing per-mile driver pay nationwide on March 9, Bloomberg reports, although the company did not disclose how large the boost …

Customers paying about $.50 more per order to support drivers during gas spike

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (KWWL) – The price of gas had dipped slightly in Iowa in recent days, but it is still up 50 cents over the last month. “Usually my tank is like 40 dollars, so the jump was like straight up to 50,” Jonathan Jackson said, a driver for CHOMP delivery service in Johnson …

DoorDash Counters Uber and Lyft Surcharges With Friendlier Offer

Rising gasoline prices as a result of the Russia invasion of Ukraine have hit ride-sharing and food delivery service drivers in the pocketbook, forcing their employers to take steps to defray the added costs. The national average price of a gasoline on Wednesday was $4.30 a gallon or 11% higher than the week before, according to …

DoorDash unveils ‘Gas Rewards’ program for drivers

SAN FRANCISCO — Food-delivery service DoorDash on Tuesday unveiled its “Gas Rewards” program to help its drivers offset surging fuel prices without passing the cost along to consumers. “Over the last few weeks, prices at the pump have increased all across the world, and for Dashers who deliver by car, this economic reality presents unique …

Uber Eats customers must pay fuel surcharges starting tomorrow

Dive Brief: Uber will begin charging consumers fuel surcharges of $0.45 or $0.55 on Uber rides and $0.35 to $0.45 on Uber Eats orders starting Wednesday in response to rising gas prices. These surcharges will go directly to drivers and couriers, Liza Winship, Uber’s head of driver operations in the U.S. and Canada, said in an emailed …