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DoorDash subsidizes driver wages with tips

It’s true that DoorDash offsets the amount it pays its drivers with customer tip, according to an FAQ page on its own site. “For each delivery, you will always receive at least $1 from DoorDash plus 100% of the customer tip,” DoorDash states on a Dasher FAQ page. “Where that sum is less than the guaranteed amount, DoorDash will provide a pay boost to make sure you receive the guaranteed amount. Where that sum is more than the guaranteed amount, you pocket the extra amount.” To be clear, drive...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Tech, Diversity, Reddit, Fast Company, Instacart, Los Angeles Times, Doordash, Instacart Depending, Bloomberg DoorDash, Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta


Daily Crunch: SoftBank bets big on autonomous delivery

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. SoftBank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro Nuro has raised $940 million in financing from the SoftBank Vision Fund, a whopping amount that will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. The autonomous ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Tech, Getty Images, Netflix, Automotive, Va, Health Records, Jeff Bezos, Sunday Times, Equity, Instacart, Mobile World Congress


DoorDash and Amazon Won't Change Tipping Policy After Instacart Controversy

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The tipping controversy that prompted Instacart to reverse a compensation plan to its contract workers isn't likely to go away: Rivals DoorDash and Amazon Flex are continuing to adjust driver pay based on how much they get tipped, saying doing so ensures a minimum payout. The practice, which has its roots in the way brick-and-mortar restaurants pay waitstaff, has been adapted to suit the needs of app-based delivery companies. The difference is tha...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Instacart, Doordash, Forbes, Amazon Flex


Startups Weekly: Spotify gets acquisitive and Instacart screws up

Did anyone else listen to season one of StartUp, Alex Blumberg’s OG Gimlet podcast? I did, and I felt like a proud mom this week reading stories of the major, first-of-its-kind Spotify acquisition of his podcast production company, Gimlet. Spotify also bought Anchor, a podcast monetization platform, signaling a new era for the podcasting industry. On top of that, Himalaya, a free podcast app I’d never heard of until this week, raised a whopping $100 million in venture capital funding to “esta...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Y Combinator, Spotify, Web Summit, Funding, Tech, CMO, Palo Alto, Venture Capital, Tencent, Reddit, Bird, Silicon Valley


Social media fury over Instacart pay scale raises industry-wide concerns

Instacart and other apps are competing for consistent customers, while worker pay is inconsistent.
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Mixtape podcast: Instacart’s apologetic week

It’s that time of the week again when Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about the good and could-be-better tech companies. This week, we talked about Instacart  href="https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/05/instacart-faces-class-action-lawsuit-regarding-wages-and-tips/">getting caught shorting its shoppers out of dough they rightfully deserved. Of course the company apologized for its “misguided” approach. Which at least sounds better than apologizing for getting caught — and getting caught, the company d...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Uber, Scooters, Instacart, Jump, Megan Rose Dickey, Tyra Banks, Santa Monica California, San Francisco The City, TechCrunch Mixtape, Modelland


Daily Crunch: Instacart CEO apologizes

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Instacart CEO apologizes for tipping debacle On the heels of a recently filed class-action lawsuit over wages and tips, as well as drivers and shoppers speaking out about Instacart’s alleged practices of subsidizing wages with tips, Instacart is taking steps to ensure tips are counted separately from ...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, Uber, Spotify, Microsoft, Germany, Tech, Skype, Instacart, Match Group, Sequoia, Gustav Söderström, Aurora Aurora, Google Tesla, Apoorva Mehta, Daily Crunch


After Facing Class-Action Lawsuit, Instacart CEO Says It's Taking Steps To Ensure Tips Are Counted Separately From Wages

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: On the heels of a recently-filed class action lawsuit over wages and tips, as well as drivers and shoppers speaking out about Instacart's alleged practices of subsidizing wages with tips, Instacart is taking steps to ensure tips are counted separately from what Instacart pays shoppers. In a blog post today, Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta said all shoppers will now have a guaranteed higher base compensation, paid by Instacart. Depending on the reg...
Tags: Tech, Instacart, Mehta, Apoorva Mehta, Instacart Depending


The Shift: After Uproar, Instacart Backs Off Controversial Tipping Policy

The delivery app’s practice of counting tips toward guaranteed minimum payments for its contract workers drew accusations of wage theft.
Tags: Freelancing, News, Minimum Wage, Instacart, Shopping and Retail, Wages and Salaries, Labor and Jobs, Mobile Commerce and Payments, Delivery Services, Self-Employment and Independent Contracting, Workplace Hazards and Violations, Tips and Tipping, DoorDash (Mobile App


Instacart is reversing a controversial payment policy that workers say drastically cut their wages

Instacart is reversing a controversial payment policy that workers say drastically cut their wages. In a blog post published on Wednesday, Instacart's CEO Apoorva Mehta said that the company had "fallen short" in delivering its promises to shoppers. The  company will be increasing its minimum payment fee to between $7 and $10 and keeping customer tips separate from its own contribution. Some workers are still dubious as to whether Instacart will deliver on its promises.  Instacart shop...
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Instacart Shamed Into Treating Workers With Modicum of Decency 

Instacart has repeatedly come under fire for the working conditions its contractors labor under. Today it finally agreed to stop engaging in what critics called tip theft, and all it took was a public shaming.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Instacart, Gig Economy, Shame Works


Instacart Shamed Into Treating Workers With Bare Minimum of Decency 

Instacart has repeatedly come under fire for the working conditions its contractors labor under. Today it finally agreed to stop engaging in what critics called tip theft, and all it took was a public shaming.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Instacart, Gig Economy, Shame Works


Instacart adjusts worker pay after uproar over tipping policy

Instacart is changing a controversial policy on how it pays workers who pick and deliver grocery orders, after protests over a pay system instituted last fall. The San Francisco-based startup said it would give workers the full tips from customers and stop docking parts of gratuity from fees Instacart pays them. It will also offer back pay. The retreat illustrates a delicate balance gig-economy startups struggle to maintain between keeping prices low for customers and paying their workers fairly...
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Instacart changes tip policy after worker backlash

After mounting criticism from workers over its payment practices, Instacart has agreed to make some changes.
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Instacart Reverses Tipping Policy After an Uproar Among Workers

The delivery start-up will retroactively pay shoppers whose tips were included in guaranteed minimum amounts.
Tags: News, Minimum Wage, Instacart, Start-ups, Wages and Salaries, Mobile Applications, Delivery Services, Tips and Tipping, DoorDash (Mobile App


Instacart CEO apologizes for tipping debacle

On the heels of a recently-filed class action lawsuit over wages and tips, as well as drivers and shoppers speaking out about Instacart’s alleged practices of subsidizing wages with tips, Instacart is taking steps to ensure tips are counted separately from what Instacart pays shoppers. In a blog post today, Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta said all shoppers will now have a guaranteed higher base compensation, paid by Instacart. Depending on the region, Instacart says it will pay shoppers between $...
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Daily Crunch: Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor in podcast push, earmarks $500M for more deals Spotify is going after podcasts in a major way in 2019. The music streaming service confirmed that it has snapped up two podcast networks — Gimlet and Anchor — in undisclosed deals. But that’s not all: Spotify also said i...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Media, Cdc, Youtube, Tech, Snapchat, Tencent, Reddit, Instacart, Anchor, Angela Ahrendts, Gimlet Media, Apple Ahrendts, Daily Crunch


The Shift: Instacart and DoorDash’s Tip Policies Are Delivering Outrage

The delivery companies are under fire from critics who say the companies are taking advantage of their workers with deceptive tipping policies.
Tags: Freelancing, News, Minimum Wage, Instacart, Shopping and Retail, Wages and Salaries, Labor and Jobs, Mobile Commerce and Payments, Delivery Services, Self-Employment and Independent Contracting, Workplace Hazards and Violations, Tips and Tipping, DoorDash (Mobile App


Instacart faces class-action lawsuit regarding wages and tips

Instacart is facing another class-action lawsuit pertaining to the way it pays its independent contractors, NBC News reports. Instacart guarantees its workers at least $10 per job, but workers are alleging Instacart offsets wages with tips from customers. The suit alleges Instacart “intentionally and maliciously misappropriated gratuities in order to pay plaintiff’s wages even though Instacart maintained that 100 percent of customer tips went directly to shoppers. Based on this representation, I...
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Instacart says it will roll out a $3 batch minimum fee for drivers over the coming days after Instacart inadvertently paid a driver 80 cents for a delivery run (Sean Captain/Fast Company) (techmeme)

Sean Captain / Fast Company: Instacart says it will roll out a $3 batch minimum fee for drivers over the coming days after Instacart inadvertently paid a driver 80 cents for a delivery run  —  In the algorithm-driven gig economy, it's sometimes hard for workers to know how much they're actually getting paid.
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Instacart workers are fighting back against a policy change they say drastically cut their wages

Instacart shoppers are rallying against a new payment policy structure that they say has resulted in cuts to their earnings. These shoppers are urging customers to leave the minimum tip on an order and then tip in cash once the order has been delivered. They say that this ensures that they receive the full value of the tip, rather than it being absorbed into what Instacart pays them.  Instacart shoppers are rallying against a new payment policy change.  A new petition put forth by over 150 s...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Instacart, Business Insider, Hahn, Telles, David Hahn, Apoorva Mehta, Matthew Telles


How Will the Government Shutdown Affect Your Wallet?

All aboard! We’re navigating you through uncharted water. Here’s how the longest government shutdown in American history may impact your wallet and what you can do about it. Table of Contents Impact on Tax Returns Tips for Government Employees Affected Tips for Government Retirees General Tips to Budget for Emergency Scenarios Bottom Line A s of this weekend, we’ve now reached the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The last government shutdown of this magnitude was in the m...
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Big Deals, Life Sciences Push U.S. VC in 2018 to Dot-Com Boom Levels

Venture capital investments rose in 2018 to levels not seen since the heady days of 2000, the last year U.S. startups collectively took in more than $100 billion.That’s according to PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association’s Venture Monitor report, released this week, which tallied nearly 9,000 deals made last year, through which venture investors sunk $130.9 billion into companies. That was about 500 fewer deals than in the year prior, but the total amount invested increased by $...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Lyft, Uber, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Vc, Software, Pwc, Venture Capital, Angel, National, WeWork, Magic Leap, Biotech


Amazon Is Reportedly Planning to Expand Whole Foods Because of Course It Is

Amazon is reportedly looking to expand Whole Foods stores across the country, including in suburban areas, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. News of the rumored expansion comes after Amazon acquired the grocer last year.Read more...
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The 10 largest US venture rounds of 2018

Three U.S. companies raised more than $1 billion in just one funding round in 2018, a year in which total deal value for U.S. startups is expected to surpass $100 billion for the first time. For the most part, it was the usual suspects, and yes, SoftBank was an accessory in many of these rounds. Here’s a look at the 10 largest venture rounds of 2018. Epic Games: $1.25 billion The video game Fortnite Battle Royale was the star of the year 2018; more than 200 million players worldwide are regis...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Lyft, Uber, New York, India, Softbank, Funding, US, San Francisco, Tech, Netflix, Canada, Atlantic, Middle East, Venture Capital


Betterment is partnering with a company backed by Shaq to help gig economy workers manage their finances

Workers in the gig economy account for more than one third of US workers. These include workers at companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart. Robo-advisor Betterment is partnering with Steady, an upstart income-building platform, to offer gig workers free financial advisory and money management services for one year.  The emergence of companies like Uber, Lyft, and Instacart has brought about the rise of the gig economy — short term workers who do everything from drive taxis to shop for you...
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Instacart, Amazon's Whole Foods relationship to end next year

Instacart said on Thursday it will stop delivering groceries for Whole Foods next year, ending a partnership that has been under stress since Amazon.com Inc bought the upmarket grocer last year.
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Instacart to close Whole Foods delivery operation next year

Instacart said on Thursday it will stop delivering groceries for Whole Foods next year, ending a partnership that has been under stress since Amazon.com Inc acquired the upmarket grocer last year.
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Instacart's delivery partnership with Whole Foods is over

Whole Foods' groceries are no longer available on Instacart. Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta announced that the company's partnership with Whole Foods would be winding down in a blog post on Thursday. Instacart had exclusive rights to Whole Foods delivery before it was acquired by Amazon in June 2017. Whole Foods groceries are no longer available on Instacart. On Thursday, Instacart CEO A poorva Mehta announced the news in a blog post. He said that the company had ended its partnership with Amazo...
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Instacart to end partnership with top customer Whole Foods

Instacart said on Thursday it would start winding down its delivery services for Whole Foods Market, ending a partnership that has been under stress since last year when Amazon.com Inc acquired the grocer.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Instacart, Whole Foods Market, Amazon com Inc