Sharing Economy

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

South Korea food delivery giants rev up rider race amid COVID-19 boom

In South Korea, a number of the world’s biggest food delivery firms are scrambling to browse an estimated $4 billion wave of fresh orders, contracting tens of thousands of ne...

Platform News: US ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber

Judge blocks Uber and Lyft from classifying drivers as contractors

A California judge has granted the state’s petition for a preliminary injunction blocking Uber Technologies and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors...

Platform News: Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies

Uber rides take pandemic hit but food-delivery business soars

Homebound clients of Uber Technologies more than doubled their orders from the company’s food-delivery service in the next quarter but need for ride-hailing trips only margin...

Platform News: Lyft ride-hailing app is part of the sharing economy

Lyft to provide drivers with partition shields as COVID-19 protection

Lyft said it would distribute some 60,000 vehicle partition shields to its most-active drivers as a protection against the coronavirus and begin selling the custom-made protective ...

Platform Industry: CEO of the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies

Uber scoops up Postmates for $2.65 billion in diversification move

Uber Technologies has said it would acquire Postmates for $2.65 billion to expand its food delivery market share and significantly increase the business of supplying everyday goods...

Platform News: Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies

Uber widens taxi app to Japan’s Tokyo but ride-sharing still barred

Uber Technologies launched a ride-hailing smartphone application in Tokyo on Friday in partnership with three domestic taxi firms, even as strict regulations block its popular ride...

Uber CEO

How Uber Technologies hailed a deal with Grubhub only to let it slip

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has spent much of his career deftly negotiating acquisitions. Yet his $6.5 billion all-stock bid for Grubhub Inc ended with the food delivery com...

Online Groceries

Instacart valued at nearly $14 billion in latest funding amid online sales boom

Instacart has announced that it has raised some $225 million in a new funding round, valuing the company at $13.7 billion, as the grocery delivery company cashes in on a surge in o...


UK watchdog extends deadline for final ruling on Amazon’s Deliveroo deal

The UK’s competition regulator has given itself two more months to make a final ruling on Amazon’s purchase of a minority stake in online delivery group Deliveroo so it...

Taxonomy of the Platform industry

Platform economy: Defining a meaningful taxonomy

In this article we will attempt to do what few (if any) have successfully achieved. That is to define and map the entirety of the platform economy in a meaningful and logical way.

Platform News: Sharing Economy COVID-19 pandemic

Uber to start shipping car disinfectants to drivers

Uber Technologies will begin shipping disinfecting car spray to selected drivers in areas most affected by the coronavirus outbreak, an executive said on Thursday. 


Brazil delivery app iFood sees job applications multiply after coronavirus

The Brazilian delivery app iFood has seen job applications more than double in the past month, an executive told told news agency Reuters, as the fast-spreading coronavirus outbrea...

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 ...


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.