CALIF.’S PROP 22 RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN BLOW TO DOORDASH, UBER

A California law that defines app-based drivers as independent contractors is unconstitutional, a judge ruled on Friday. It is a blow to delivery and ride-hailing companies including DoorDash and Uber that contributed more than $200 million in support of Proposition 22, making it the most expensive ballot measure in state history. California voters approved the measure in November. The law shielded the …

Uber Eats other food delivery firms under the spotlight in Spain as new laws come into force

MADRID (AP) — A new law requiring food delivery companies in Spain to hire delivery riders and drivers as employees rather than freelance contractors took effect Thursday with labor unions urging close monitoring and inspections to enforce it. Spain’s Trade Union Confederation said the so-called Riders Law would “put an end to the labor fraud …

Deliveroo eyes leaving Spain as riders become staff

MADRID: Deliveroo’s trademark green rucksacks may soon disappear from Spanish streets after food delivery firm said it was considering leaving that market where its riders will soon be recognized as staff. “Deliveroo is intending to consult with its employees over ending its operations in Spain,” the app-driven food delivery firm said in a statement just two …

With Delivery Workers, Who’s Really in Charge?

Third-party delivery apps depend on an entire gig workforce of drivers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists — the people on the go, handing you your food at your doorstep. More than one-third of U.S. workers are a part of the gig economy. The major delivery apps often describe that workforce, their drivers and delivery workers, as partners. …

Uber Eats Has a Crap Business Model, Part One

There has been a lot written lately about the difficulty third-party delivery companies such as Uber Eats and DoorDash have had making a profit. Any number of analysts have pointed out that profits were elusive (1, 2) for these companies even during the pandemic-driven surge in business, and will presumably be even harder to achieve now that …

Flat-fee dining delivery service enters Oak Park market

While restaurants are opening-up and dine in business is on the rise, the pandemic has made ordering dinner a habit for many people and delivery demand remains high in the food industry. And that change in customer behavior is likely to keep restaurants searching for affordable delivery options in the face of DoorDash and Grubhub’s …

Uber Eats launches new features and some leave the ‘riders’ behind

Uber is a company of contrasts. As the passenger transport division closed 2020 with $ 6.768 billion in losses, Uber Eats’ worldwide sales soared 224%. The confinements and limitations to mobility were taking away its main business, at the same time that the delivery division became the support of the technology company. Now, Uber is …

Menulog starts trial but gig economy workers’ security remains precarious

A federal Select Committee on Job Security looking into how rife insecure work is across the country is currently taking submissions from insecure workers in New South Wales. Chaired by Labor Senator Tony Sheldon, it was set up last year after five food delivery drivers were killed at work. It is expected to report by November. See …

Menulog announces pivot towards ‘employment model’ for all couriers within coming years

Menulog says it is moving away from the controversial independent contractor model favoured by its gig economy rivals and wants to have all its couriers employed by the company within a “few years’ time”. In a move designed to differentiate itself from rivals such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo, Menulog’s managing director, Morten Belling, said on …

Italy Just Forced Uber Eats, Three Other Companies, To Hire 60,000 Workers

Could it be deja vu all over again? The same ride sharing services that are constantly doing battle in the U.S. about whether or not they should be hiring their workers – a move that would cripple their cost structure and any hopes of future profitability for their respective businesses – are now fighting the same …