The good news about food delivery

I’ve written about the downsides of companies that bring groceries or prepared food to our doors, like Instacart and Uber Eats. App-based fresh food deliveries take a toll on our neighborhoods and impose punishing demands on workers. But today I want to focus on a positive aspect of delivery apps. Newly published research from the Brookings Institution …

Sky-high delivery app fees are killing my restaurant, owner says months after pandemic cap lifted

When Robert Magiet opened TaKorea Cocina in Ukrainian Village in 2019, he couldn’t foresee the upcoming global pandemic that threatened the very existence of his restaurant, although he was able to get through it. Now, a service that became widely popular during the pandemic continues to threaten TaKorea Cocina’s existence: third-party apps used to take …

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 …

Uber bought Drizly for $1 billion, but who will deliver the alcohol?

When Uber completed its billion-dollaracquisition of Boston-based Drizly nearly six months ago, it played up the notion that the companies go together like pizza and beer. In fact, ask anyone why they think Uber bought Drizly, and you’ll likely get the same answer: Uber can use its fleet of drivers to deliver White Claws and …

Legislation aims to regulate third-party delivery drivers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – People who order food on third-party delivery apps might soon see some changes in the people delivering their food. A bill in the House and one in the Senate add regulations to drivers. It was a change Kurt Bean, owner of Bops Pizza on Blairs Ferry Rd, said needed to …

Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash form coalition in Washington state to ‘protect driver independence’

Five evenings a week, sometimes more, Carmen Figueroa gets into her car, signs into her GrubHub account and sets out for a night of deliveries. She averages three-to-four deliveries an hour and five or six hours of work each night. She made about $570 a week in January, which was a jump from the $530-a-week …

Chicago Raises New Allegations in Lawsuit Against Grubhub

In late 2021, nearly six months after officials first filed a lawsuit against third-party delivery giant Grubhub, the city of Chicago filed an amended complaint that includes new allegations that the locally based company “used deceptive marketing and pricing practices designed to mislead consumers and unfairly harm the same local restaurants Grubhub claims to support,” officials …

Texas law bars delivery apps from adding restaurants without their consent

Dive Brief: Texas Senate Bill 911 became law on Jan. 1, banning third-party delivery aggregators from using restaurant branding and trademarks to suggest restaurants endorse a service in a misleading fashion. The legislation also grants restaurants a path to legal and injunctive relief if aggregators violate the law. Under Texas SB 911, delivery firms are prohibited from charging …

DoorDash $100 Million Driver Settlement Tentatively Approved

Proposed settlement covers California, Massachusetts drivers California agency to receive over $9 million in agreement DoorDash Inc. won tentative approval on Wednesday for a proposed $100 million agreement, which would settle claims that it misclassified delivery drivers in both Massachusetts and California as independent contractors. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue tentatively agreed to …

Grubhub sues NYC over restaurant data-sharing law

Dive Brief: Grubhub filed a lawsuit against New York City on Dec. 10, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit seeks a permanent injunction to keep the city from enforcing two ordinances (NYC Int. 2311-A  and NYC Int. 1897-A2) that require third-party delivery companies to share customers’ personal information with restaurants monthly if a …