San Francisco-based online staffing firm TaskRabbit Inc. named former UberEats and Airbnb exec Ania Smith as its next CEO, effective Aug. 24. She replaces Stacy Brown-Philpot, who plans to leave the company Aug. 31. TaskRabbit is included in SIA’s The Gig Economy and Human Cloud Landscape: 2019 Update report. Smith most recently was head of courier operations at UberEats, […]

What Happens When Third-Party Apps Become the Competitor?

DoorDash’s recent move should raise a few eyebrows. Although the company partnered with leading convenience retailers in early April, DoorDash deployed its own competing offer in six major cities. Each of the more than 2,000 items available from a brand called “The Convenience Store” are actually delivered from their own “dark stores.” For those unfamiliar, dark stores […]

Instacart is suing Uber’s grocery delivery service Cornershop

(CNN Business)Instacart is now waging a legal battle with Uber’s Cornershop grocery service at a time when both companies are looking to capitalize on growing demand for food deliveries during the pandemic.On Thursday, Instacart filed a lawsuit against Cornershop, a new grocery delivery competitor in the US, over allegedly stealing thousands of its copyrighted and […]

Uber Eats + Postmates = Amazon-sized opportunity

Consolidation in food delivery is the most obvious rationale for the deal. But the chance to compete with e-commerce giants may pay even bigger dividends. Uber Technologies Inc.’s deal to acquire Postmates Inc. isn’t just about the need for consolidation in the food-delivery industry. The company also has its eyes on a bigger prize: nabbing business from Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart […]

Delivery Services See Continued Growth

Since the start of the pandemic, delivery developments have continued to make headlines in foodservice and retail with a renewed interest in investments. Foodservice DoorDash Inc. is close to securing new funding that would value it at more than $15 billion before the infusion, reported The Wall Street Journal (June 11). The company plans to sell hundreds of millions […]

Uber launches new delivery services as demand for ride-hailing plummets

Uber is launching a pair of new services called Uber Connect and Uber Direct as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic minimizes demand for its traditional ride-hailing business. They are focused on moving items rather than people. Uber Direct will offer deliveries from shops like pharmacies and pet stores, while Uber Connect is a same-day courier service to let […]

Lyft finally wades into delivery to help drivers earn cash during the pandemic

Lyft is launching a new delivery service aimed at helping drivers earn money during the novel coronavirus pandemic. As demand for ride-hailing collapses, Lyft’s new pilot program will tap drivers to deliver “essential” items like groceries, medical supplies, and home goods. For years, Lyft has lagged behind its rival, Uber, in delivery, but with the […]

For disabled residents, delivery is essential and harder to come by

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Grocers are hiring new employees to meet the increasing delivery demand due to COVID-19. Raley’s hired roughly 1,000 new shoppers this week and will begin training this weekend. FoodJets—which delivers the groceries for Raley’s—is quickly hiring new drivers. Amazon is adding 800 new positions to its delivery network in the Sacramento area […]

Uber Eats turns to grocery deliveries to fill pandemic-shaped hole in its business

Uber Eats is launching a series of partnerships with supermarkets, convenience stores, and other businesses to offer home deliveries of essential items, Reuters reports. In France, the company is partnering with supermarket chain Carrefour to offer deliveries from 15 of its Paris stores. The Financial Times reports that it’s also working with Galp in Spain to deliver items from 25 […]

Waitr’s reclassification of drivers turns alcohol-delivery law essentially moot

After Waitr executives pushed for the Louisiana Legislature to open the door for alcohol delivery in the state last year, the company’s decision to reclassify its workers as independent contractors essentially makes the law moot.  Waitr’s WARN notice was posted with the Louisiana Workforce Commission yesterday afternoon, announcing the company was laying off its entire […]