Sharing Economy News

Our latest news coverage of the sharing economy, from on-demand transportation and accommodation, through to personal services and peer-to-peer finance.


France’s Carrefour teams up with Uber Eats for lockdown deliveries

The French supermarket retailer Carrefour and Uber Eats have announced a new delivery service, aimed at helping Parisians buy essential goods and food during the nationwide lockdow...

BAIC Group

BAIC and Didi plan car leasing service amid new car sales slowdown

Chinese automaker BAIC Group and ride-hailing service provider Didi Chuxing plan to team up with other industry players to lease BAIC’s cars to customers amid concerns about ...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

China’s Didi Chuxing restarts evening Hitch service

Chinese ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing said on Friday it would restart its evening Hitch service in some cities, with improved safety features and more rigorous driver and passeng...


Airbnb says the US coronavirus stimulus bill could offer its hosts relief

Airbnb Inc hosts in the United States could get some relief from a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that is nearing a vote in Congress, the home-rental startup has said. 

Platform News: Sharing Economy COVID-19 pandemic

Continued coverage: COVID-19 exposes US Uber, Lyft drivers’ lack of safety net

As independent contractors, US ride-hail drivers for Uber and Lyft benefited from soaring trip demand and flexible work hours. 

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

Delivery drivers face pandemic without sick pay, insurance, sanitiser

On his delivery route through Orange County, California, Joseph Alvarado made 153 stops one day last week for, touching the inside and outside of his van, more than 225 ...

Uber CEO

Uber urges White House to include gig workers in coronavirus stimulus

Uber’s CEO has called on US President Donald Trump to include independent drivers and delivery workers in the country’s planned $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus package...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

Uber shares soar after Chief Executive says it has enough cash to ride out coronavirus crisis

Shares of Uber Technologies Inc surged as much as 44% on Thursday after Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said it had plenty of cash on hand to tide over the coronavirus cr...


Indonesia’s Gojek closed $1.2 billion funding last week – internal memo

Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek closed an additional $1.2 billion of funding last week, according to an internal memo reviewed by news agency Reuters. 


Pentagon seeks to reconsider parts of $10 billion cloud contract awarded to Microsoft

The US governments Department of Defence is seeking court permission to reconsider certain aspects of its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, cou...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

Uber may suspend accounts of riders, drivers who test positive for coronavirus

Uber has said it may temporarily suspend the accounts of both riders and drivers who have tested positive for the coronavirus, or been exposed to it at the direction of health auth...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

French court deals blow to Uber by giving driver ’employee’ status

France’s top court has recognised the right of an Uber driver to be considered an employee, a ruling that could upend the US firm’s business model and potentially requi...


Lyft resumes shared electric bike rentals in NYC

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lyft Inc will roll out a fleet of several hundred electric bikes for rent across New York City, the company said on Wednesday, 10 months after it pulled ...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

German court bans Uber’s ride-hailing services in Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German court on Thursday banned Uber ride-hailing services in Germany, arguing the U.S. company lacks a necessary licence to offer passenger transport...