FOOD DELIVERY MERGERS

THE SHRINKING GIG ECONOMY

August,27,2020

Yesterday was the last day I delivered for Caviar. The Doordash Caviar merger is now; finished. It has been a year in the making since Doodash acquired Caviar from Square(A company founded by Jack Dorsey co-founder, and CEO of Twitter) for 400 million dollars. Grubhub was purchased by a Dutch food delivery Company Just Eat Takeaway , for 7.3 billion.

I had been a courier for Caviar since early April 2018. I was able to join Caviar with the referral and assistance of a friend who figured it would be a great way to help me earn income. I had been homeless for several years, and getting a traditional job is not an option.

The gig economy has helped numerous homeless people earn income. But it will not help end homelessness for those partaking in the opportunity.

Caviar was one of the most popular delivery apps appreciated by customers and couriers. Caviar paid well per delivery and had great bonuses and handled customers professionally.

Doordash couriers have to schedule their time like a job. It is a shift oriented system that requires you to be assigned a set amount of hours per day to work.

For over a year, I have also been a courier for Postmates. I enjoy delivering with Postmates, and they are flexible. For instance, when I would, deliver with Postmates and Caviar simultaneously, I was able to maximize my daily earnings.

Postmates recently purchased by Uber for 2.65 billion is the latest Company acquired via merger. Postmates delivers more than food. Square made a deal with Postmates to allow Postmates couriers to be the deliverer of goods for merchants utilizing Square’s point of sale service system.

I recently signed up with Uber eats and made my first deliveries last night. I look forward to seeing how the two apps work simultaneously. I believe eventually Postmates will be fully intergrated into Uber and no longer exist as a seperate entity.

Michael Donley

Peoples Institute For Housing Justice

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