WHY GIG WORKERS ARE CHOOSING TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE INSTEAD OF PIZZA

People who drive for a living want flexible schedules and help paying for gas, which is why many are choosing to transport people instead of food.  That’s according to a new study from financial services firm BTIG, which surveyed 300 Uber and Lyft drivers in an effort to understand what might be causing the shortage …

Seattle becomes first US city to set minimum wage for app-based delivery drivers

The “Pay Up” bill will set the minimum wage for delivery drivers at $17.27 an hour. Food delivery drivers for the likes of UberEats and Grubhub are paid per ride, plus tips.Delivery drivers face challenging situations, from safety concerns to working long hours. Seattle has become the first US city to set a minimum wage for app-based …

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 …

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 …

Record Gas Prices Hit Delivery Drivers in the Wallet

Gas prices have always been a leading indicator of economic conditions. In the age of third-party delivery, record prices put a new strain on contract delivery drivers. According to AAA, prices per gallon reached $4.17, the highest price on record, eclipsing the prior record of $4.11 set in 2008. Gas prices have surged since Russia …