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What is it like delivering for Uber Eats?

I’m starting a new series, asking what is it like to deliver for the delivery apps, starting this week with Uber Eats. Last fall, we dedicated some episodes to whether each of the four major options are good ones, including Episode 45 where we asked, “Is Uber Eats a good delivery option for independent contractors?” …

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It’s Official: Uber is Buying Postmates. Five Takeaways and Six Questions

News broke last week that Uber and Postmates were negotiating a take over. This morning, Uber and Postmates announced that a deal had been reached. Uber will buy Postmates for 2.65 billion dollars worth of stock. Postmates will fall under current Uber Eats management. Bloomberg reports that Bastian Lehmann and his team will stay on …

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How Would a Possible Uber Eats Take Over of Postmates Impact Independent Contractors?

Uber is back in the food delivery mergers and acquisitions rumor mill. This time they are negotiating a take over of Postmates. Several weeks ago, Uber and Grubhub were in talks about a possible takeover. I had the feeling that a deal would be done, but wasn’t sure that it could pass regulatory approval. It …

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Grubhub Offered Me $4 Per Delivery Extra to Accept Every Offer. Was it Worth it?

So I got this special offer from Grubhub this weekend. Accept every offer and get a $4 bonus for every completed delivery during the dinner rush. I’ve learned that high acceptance rate = low profit and lots of miles, especially with Grubhub. But four bucks a delivery extra? At two deliveries per hour, that’s an …

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Who is the Best Delivery App to Start With? Grubhub, Postmates, Doordash or Uber Eats?

Say you’re ready to dip your toe into being a delivery driver. You want to make some extra money. Maybe you’re in the middle of a job hunt and you need to make some money on the side. A good number of you reading this have already started delivering. How does this help you? If …

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Grubhub is SOLD! Who is Just Eats Takeaway and how will this change things for Grubhub contractors?

Almost a month after news broke that Uber Eats and Grubhub had been negotiating a takeover deal, a deal has been reached. Grubhub will now be owned by Uber Eats, ummm, Just Eat Takeaway. Wait, what? Who is that? What will this mean for Grubhub contractors? How will things change? What do we know about …

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Doordash Deactivations, Completion Rates, Late or Incomplete Deliveries

Doordash has a problem. And they’re cracking down. I just wonder if their solution to their problem ends up creating a bigger problem for them in the long run. Related: A more recent wave of deactivations and more changes in deactivation policies prompted this more recent article on Contract Violations and Fraudulent Activity (how in …

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Uber Eats Offers to Take Over Grubhub. What Would That Mean for Contractors?

News broke within the past hour that Uber Eats is negotiating a take over of Grubhub. (As I write this it’s about 10 AM MST). There aren’t many details right now. I’m not sure there are any details, to be honest. Sources have confirmed to several news outlets that talks are taking place, and that …

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Grubhub says they are “improving how you get orders.” Is it real or just another form of manipulation?

Is Grubhub improving how you get orders? They sent out an email to their drivers promising that they are. If you’ve been delivering for Grubhub long enough this may remind you of another email where they promised “we’re improving how you…” Early last year, they promised to improve how we are paid and ended up …

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Accepting and Rejecting Offers on Uber Eats: The Reverse Cherry Pick Approach

Uber Eats has made a lot of improvements that help us with accepting and rejecting offers, but we still don’t know the total amount that we will earn. How do you know whether an order is worth taking or not? Uber Eats is different than Grubhub and Doordash. With Grubhub, you know what you will …

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New York’s Highest Court Rules that Postmates Couriers are Employees. What Does that Mean for Us?

New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has ruled that Postmates couriers are employees. The Court of Appeals in New York is the equivalent to what most states refer to as their state supreme court, meaning there is no more room to appeal this decision. It’s final. What does this mean to delivery contractors …

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Tony Xu at Doordash Lied to Me as a Customer about their Corona virus/COVID-19 Response

I occaisionally order food from Doordash and all the other delivery apps, just to keep a feel for what the customer side of the experience is. As a customer, I received an email from Tony Xu reassuring me of the measures they are taking to keep everyone safe in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. …

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Day 4 of the Great(er) Uber Eats Challenge: Uncharted Territory and Decision Time

If you’ve been reading along, I’ve been trying something out. How well could I do if I focused primarily on Uber Eats for a whole week, full time? I’ve tried a couple of shorter term tests but never for the whole week. Yesterday (Friday the 13th) was my fourth delivery day, having taken Tuesday off. …

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