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Small businesses need to empower one another in ecommerce: Direct Global / Direct Co-ops CEO

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Direct Global has plans to launch an app to help mom-and-pop shops compete against Amazon and other online retailers. The company’s CEO, Ahmed Attia, joined BNN Bloomberg to share his thoughts on Direct Global’s future within ecommerce. Watch now: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/video/small-businesses-need-to-empower-one-another-in-ecommerce-direct-global-ceo~1862938

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Uber’s free-wheeling era of growth is coming to an end

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(Source: https://qz.com/1759492/uber-faces-tighter-regulations-in-its-most-important-cities/?fbclid=IwAR0Ma8wutxAXlmkfXL-1umezqV99AdgokwkiBtwCTU8cTeZYIGwZvSXUOkQ ) November was a bad month for Uber. London declined to renew its license. Seattle approved new fees on rides and a to-be-determined minimum wage for drivers. Chicago passed a congestion tax on ride-hail services that adds as much as $3 to private rides during peak hours. New Jersey hit the company with a $640 million bill for misclassifying drivers […]

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Maybe We’re Not All Going to Be Gig Economy Workers After All

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(Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/upshot/gig-economy-limits-labor-market-uber-california.html?fbclid=IwAR2-j0Uv4ji5WWOH7UglfVXeaWKNBDNagMvWeLDzL5WFrEfhejyDmusn6pU) Companies like Uber are hitting the turbulence of government regulation, worker resistance and labor market reality. Not too long ago, the “gig economy” looked as if it just might be the future of work in America. The rapid rise of digital platforms that let people earn money by driving passengers, delivering groceries, walking dogs or […]

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We’re All Killing Uber Just By Using It

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(Source: https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/zmjew8/were-all-killing-uber-just-by-using-it) Uber lost another $5.2 billion this quarter and continues to lose money. For now, we’re just getting subsidized rides from Silicon Valley investors. Uber just reported that in the past three months, it lost $5.2 billion (BILLION!!). As the business press spills black ink explaining away Uber’s red ink, this is a good […]

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Australia’s Transport Workers’ Union Demands Uber Ends Unfair Terms for Workers After ACCC Investigation on Restaurants

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July 17, 2019 (Source: https://www.twu.com.au/press/twu-demands-uber-ends-unfair-terms-for-workers-after-accc-investigation-on-restaurants/?fbclid=IwAR00iY-1s6HPC7sHExn4DYHMXNYTZv8trYLk8UhEVSDERys7lTv0jUn8iTY) The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for regulation on how Uber treats its workers, including how it makes food delivery riders responsible when customers complain, after the ACCC found a “significant imbalance” in its contracts with restaurants. The ACCC investigation has forced UberEats to stop making restaurants pay for customer refunds […]

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Police Still Investigating Last Year’s Uber Autonomous Vehicle Crash

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July 15th, 2019 by Jennifer Sensiba (Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/07/15/police-still-investigating-last-years-uber-autonomous-vehicle-crash/?fbclid=IwAR1jpokSTrtQgYRqPVKZ8BYkjKOJwWOOhKOG5jCyNPmue2jxMDjkJngMc4Y) The Washington Post reports that Tempe, Arizona’s police department is still investigating last year’s fatal accident in which an Uber autonomous test vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian pushing a bike. The investigation comes at the request of Maricopa County’s prosecutors, who want to know more about whether the accident was avoidable. Visualization of Uber test […]

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Uber will (finally) come to B.C. But the province took a wrong turn on several important issues

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EREZ ALONICONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAILPUBLISHED JULY 12, 2019 (Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-uber-will-finally-come-to-bc-but-the-province-took-a-wrong-turn-on/?fbclid=IwAR0lzvIYL-r_OC4gs2flpfrz8tv3cIyniaa00-f7pNkVl6g-21j82Sf2CiU) Erez Aloni is an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, the University of British Columbia. British Columbians have long wished for a taxi alternative, and at long last, ride sharing will arrive in the province later this year. But, as […]