Weekly Round-Up: Domino’s Strikes Delivery App Deal With Uber Eats

In this edition of our weekly round-up, Domino’s has been avoiding the delivery app world until now, but they recently announced a partnership with Uber Eats.

Solo continues to rise in the rideshare and delivery world, offering a great solution for deciding which app to work for and when.

Domino’s Shares Soar After Striking A Surprise Deal


Domino’s Pizza has long been a holdout of using third-party delivery apps in the United States. But now, the pizza chain has struck a deal with one of the world’s largest food delivery services.

Customers can soon order Domino’s full menu on Uber Eats and Postmates, with a partnership announced Monday that is scheduled to roll out nationwide by the end of the year.

It’s a major change for the world’s biggest pizza company, which had previously required customers to order directly from them — and was so anti-delivery-app that the chain even ran a PR stunt highlighting the apps’ delivery fees….

My Take

How did I not know Domino’s hasn’t been on any delivery apps before now? I guess I don’t really order Domino’s often. And when it comes to pizza, I tend to use the delivery app of the pizza place itself, not a delivery app such as Uber Eats or DoorDash.

From a business standpoint, it makes sense for Domino’s to have this kind of partnership. It’s actually a bit strange that they waited this long. It’s interesting that Domino’s drivers will still be doing the actual deliveries, though.

I’ll be interested to see if this works out for the best or not.

Domino's menu
scrolling the Domino's menu

This App Shows California Gig Workers When They Can Make The Most Money — And Guarantees Their Income


Should you drive Uber or Lyft? DoorDash or Grubhub? Instacart or Amazon Flex?

This app will tell you which job to work and when — and guarantees your hourly earnings.

Solo, a Seattle-based startup that aims to empower gig workers with financial management services, rolled out its smart schedule and pay guarantee program in major metropolitan areas in California and New York City on Wednesday.

“This is a bigger mission for us to really empower a completely new way of working [that] people are embracing, and it’s about flexibility while bringing in more stability,” said Bryce Bennett, who founded Solo in 2020 with Keith Ng. Both of them are ex-employees of Uber and Convoy, an on-demand trucking company.

My Take

We’ve covered Solo in the past. Harry and all of us at RSG see real potential in Solo. Read up on Harry’s review of Solo here. We’re all about embracing flexibility, and Solo is all about that.

It’s great to have an app that gathers information about how much you earn hourly from one app to another, day to day, week to week. It takes all the work out of work for you as the driver. Data is power, and Solo puts the power right in your phone, predicting your earnings for you.

Diversify your rideshare options, so you know when to drive to earn the most.

500+ Rideshare Drivers To Caravan Across Boston To Push For Union Rights


Over 500 rideshare drivers are set to caravan to the Massachusetts State House Tuesday morning to pressure lawmakers to pass a bill allowing drivers who work for companies like Uber and Lyft to unionize.

“Rideshare drivers are among the only workers in the state denied the freedom to unionize,” 32BJ SEIU, a union helping the drivers organize, said in a press release.

“Now, after years of enduring decreases in their earning that can leave them making less than the state’s minimum wage…drivers are demanding that state officials pass the groundbreaking Rideshare Drivers Justice Bill.”

Rideshare drivers advocate for a union
Rideshare drivers advocate for a union

My Take

In a state with abundant unions, it only makes sense that rideshare and delivery drivers are ready to stand and demand the same. Drivers across the country, not just in Massachusetts, feel they are paid unfair wages and don’t have certain protections that other positions (even similar positions) hold.

Massachusetts has a recent history of trying to make things better for rideshare drivers. It mostly hasn’t gone the way of drivers so far, but Uber proposed a Prop-22-like ballot measure last year, and the courts blocked it.

Drivers aren’t ready to give up on their rights yet. Good for them. I hope they end up getting something good out of it. Drivers everywhere deserve better.

Uber, DoorDash Sue New York City Over Minimum Wage Law


Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N), DoorDash Inc (DASH.N), and other app-based food delivery companies filed lawsuits on Thursday seeking to strike down New York City’s novel law setting a minimum wage for delivery workers.

The companies filed separate complaints in New York State court claiming the law, which takes effect July 12, is based on a misunderstanding of how the food delivery industry works. Grubhub Inc joined DoorDash in its lawsuit.

My Take

Meanwhile, in NYC… drivers’ rights are being countered by Uber, DoorDash, and others. It was a long, hard fight for the drivers and the city to enact a minimum wage for drivers. And now, surprise, surprise, the platforms don’t want to pay it, so they decided to sue.

However, in cities like Seattle, it’s somehow working out to have a minimum wage. Plus, Seattle has enacted driver’s rights similar to what Massachusetts is fighting for.

If it’s working in Seattle, why can’t it work in other cities?

Uber CFO to Step Down in Most Senior Executive Exit Since IPO


Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Financial Officer Nelson Chai is planning to leave the ride-hailing company, according to people familiar with the matter, marking the most significant executive departure since the company went public in 2019.

Chai informed Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi of his intentions to move on. However, the people said a decision on timing hadn’t been made, asking not to be named discussing non-public information.

“Over the past five years, Nelson has been essential to putting Uber on secure financial footing, steering the company from billions of dollars in losses,” to improved earnings, strong free cash flow, and heading toward an operating profit, an Uber spokesman said in a statement. “We are not going to comment on any executive’s potential career decisions during a quiet period.”…

Uber CFO, Nelson Chai, is planning to leave the company
Uber CFO, Nelson Chai, is planning to leave the company

My Take

I’m no financial person, but what does this mean for Uber? Are they just desperately trying to turn a profit by cleaning house? Is there something fishy going on that he wanted to get out ahead of?

We all know Uber has to show profitability to keep the majority market share and investors happy. Is this just part of that? What are your theories? Share in the comments!

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