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Uber Eats team opens up about the future of the service in Canada

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TORONTO — When Uber chose Toronto for the global debut of its Eats service in December 2015, Faye Pang recalls the tech giant had just 10 employees taking up a small space in the ride-hailing company’s office. As the delivery service progressed from its initial offering of a handful of local lunch specials to a vast array of dishes around the globe, the growing headcount forced it to hold meetings in movie theatres and eventually move out of Uber’s headquarters into its own office in Scotiabank Plaza in the city’s financial district. According to Ipsos Foodservice Monitor research, delivery and take-out accounted for eight per cent of sales for quick service restaurants and six per cent of full-service restaurants sales in Canada for the first quarter of 2018. Hostile city councils, fee-averse mom-and-pop restaurants, far-flung suburban markets and fierce competition from rivals including Foodora and SkipTheDishes present formidable obstacles, even for a high-profile brand such as Uber. And Uber Eats has still yet to push into potentially lucrative food offerings beyond restaurants, such as meal kits, restaurant supplies, catering and groceries. He admitted his team has looked at the potential for subscription services for customers repeatedly making Uber Eats orders, but wouldn’t share more around the possibility of such an offering coming to the platform. For now, Park, Pang and Uber Eats Canada sales manager Kristy Bates are content with focusing on how to get more restaurants and customers on the platform and to get existing partners to use it even more.

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Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week

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Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week. Yeah, WIRED Transportation loves new car tech. But this week, we were all about alternatives to driving around on four wheels. We wondered what might happen to the nation’s aviation system now that the federal government is open again—and came away depressed. And we took a close look at Amazon’s delivery robots. The airport, which is consistently ranked among the worst in the country and was famously likened by former Vice President Joe Biden to a “third world country”, may have played an instrumental role in the conclusion of the nation’s longer federal shutdown.

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Uber now comes with meditation app to help you relax on your trip

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Sunday 27 Jan 2019 1:56 pm. If you’ve ordered an Uber then chances are you’re in a bit of a rush, you’re drunk, or you’re a baller. The move comes after Uber’s research into health and wellbeing found that almost half of Brits say their lifestyle is making them feel stressed and unhealthy. So, anyone who takes a trip with Uber in the UK can access the sessions which hopes to help passengers relax and improve focus while they’re in the vehicle. Four relaxing exercises are available, lasting either three minutes, five minutes and 30 seconds, 12 mins 20 seconds or 30 minutes – the most common lengths for Uber trips – so passengers can choose one that’s appropriate for their journey, whether it’s a brief drive across town or a trip to the airport. Share this with Share this article via emailCreated with Sketch.Share this article via messengerShare this article via smsShare this article via flipboard More trending stories »More videos »More videos ».

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Edinburgh is home to 'most stressed people in UK' according to study

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According to a poll of 2,000 Brits by Uber, those living in Scotland’s capital city are the most stressed, with work, fitness and over-indulging in booze and food among the top ‘stresses’. EDINBURGH is home to the ‘most stressed’ people in the UK, a study has found. A total of 46 per cent said they often worried about their lifestyle, with 49 per cent saying they felt ‘unhealthy’ and wanted to cut down on booze and unhealthy foods. In a bid to combat stress, Uber has teamed up with wellness app Calm to offer four guided meditation exercises on its app, each timed to the length of average Uber journeys.

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Small outfits look to Uber model

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Small outfits look to Uber modelSome using independent contractors, not hiring employees Today at 2:06 a.m. 0comments. Todd Miller transformed his small business a year ago, shifting Classic Metal Roofing Systems of Kentuckiana from a company with employees to one using independent contractors. They don't have costs like employment taxes and insurance, nor do they face the administrative and management tasks that go along with having employees. But the government has rules about the use of independent contractors, contending that some owners misclassify employees and call them independents to avoid the costs associated with employees -- starting with Social Security and Medicare taxes that combined cost owners 7.65 percent of employees' compensation. Although companies have used independent contractors for generations, many small businesses began using them for the first time during the latest recession and its aftermath. Owners can also land in legal trouble when there is a dispute with a worker classified as an independent contractor. When the worker complains to the government or files a lawsuit, the employment arrangement can come under scrutiny. But owners may not have ulterior motives in using independent contractors rather than employees, said Kyle Lawrence, owner of Berkshire Payroll Tax, a Sandisfield, Mass., company that helps businesses comply with employment tax laws.

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Uber, Lyft fees to soar at Anchorage airport - Must Read Alaska

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Independent ride-sharing drivers may have to charge their riders $2.50 more to be picked up and dropped off at the Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports. The $5 roundtrip fee the State seeks to charge riders who ride in an Uber or Lyft to the airport, rather than a cab, is the subject of a comment period that ends on Jan. 31 at 4:30 pm. They were only approved to operate in Alaska in 2017 after passage of a bill sponsored by Sen. Mia Costello and Rep. Adam Wool. But cab companies pay $75 per year in Anchorage and $150 a year in Fairbanks, per cab. A $2.50 fee for those drivers would mean $467 a year in fees, meaning that Uber and Lyft users would pay more than four times the fees that cabs are paying — and passing along to their customers.

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Comment: How Uber is steadily draining your money - NZ Herald

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E-scooters send more people to hospital than bicycles - study27 Jan, 2019 8:56am 5 minutes to read. Davos billionaires: higher taxes will not solve inequality27 Jan, 2019 10:46am 7 minutes to read. I logged into my Uber account last week, curious to know what I had actually spent using this app. At a guess, I'd say more than half of the trips taken were taken for work. However, I was still stunned that I splashed this much cash ferrying myself from A to B. I challenge you to do so the same.

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E-scooters send more people to hospital than bicycles - study - NZ Herald

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Over a one-year period in two Los Angeles emergency departments, more people were injured while riding standing electric scooters than by riding bicycles or travelling on foot, according to the results of a groundbreaking new study. Documenting injury statistics from September 2017 to August 2018, the study published this week in the medical journal JAMA Network Open found that many of those injuries were serious in nature, if not severe. The study added, "Although California law required helmet use while operating electric scooters during the entire study period, only 4.4 per cent of injured scooter riders were documented to be wearing a helmet." As electric scooters companies like Bird and Lime began dumping tens of thousands of the scooters in dozens of cities around the country this past summer, injured riders began pouring into emergency rooms, according to trauma doctors. Ever since, those doctors - many of them shocked by the severity of their patients' injuries - have been documenting the injuries to get a better sense of how e-scooters have affected cities. Some health professionals have referred to the wave of injuries as a "public health crisis."

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Uber wins big in SuperShuttle ruling made by Trump-appointed NLRB — Quartz

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On Jan. 25, the Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in a 3-1, party-line vote that shuttle van drivers for SuperShuttle are independent contractors, not employees. That year SuperShuttle switched to a “franchise” model that cast drivers as independent business owners. As franchisees, drivers pay the company an initial franchise fee (for drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth, $500), a flat weekly fee to use the SuperShuttle brand and its dispatch system ($575), and a decal fee ($250). Here is the labor board’s main argument for why, in spite of all that, these drivers are “independent business people”: “Franchisees set their own work schedules and select their own assignments; SuperShuttle does not set schedules or routes, not does it require franchisees to be active during certain days or hours. Driver pay is already Uber’s biggest expense, and having drivers deemed employees would almost certainly make that labor more costly. While a nationwide class-action lawsuit failed to get Uber drivers classified as employees, a handful of state-level decisions have recognized certain drivers as eligible for employee benefits. And in the UK, an employment tribunal found them to be somewhere between employees and contractors, and entitled to certain benefits (Uber has repeatedly appealed that decision and lost).

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Uber alerts customers that the government’s bill would limit vehicle supply and double waiting times – Q Costa Rica

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This week, the government of Carlos Alvarado presented a legislative bill to formalize Uber in the market. For this, the company alters its clients that bill, as presented, would limit the supply of vehicles, double the waiting times and even cause no cars available, depending on the time and place. The Proyecto de Reforma al Sistema de Transporte Remunerado de Personas y Regulación de las Empresas de Plataformas Tecnológicas de Transportes – a mouthful – would include Uber to add the Value Added Tax (VAT) or , like the collection of the 13% tax on the added value (IVA) – Impuesto sobre el Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish – among other taxes. In addition, the plan states that Uber would have to pay ¢8.3 billion colones (about US$13.5 million dollars) to register with the State for having operated before the service was regulated in the country. Warning: explode() expects parameter 3 to be integer, string given in /home3/waekv40acu7i/public_html/wp-content/themes/Newspaper/includes/wp_booster/td_util.php on line 561.

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