CHICAGO — Uber Technologies is developing an on-demand staffing business called Uber Works, and the tech giant has been testing the service in Chicago. Uber Works would provide events and corporate functions with temporary workers, such as servers or event staff, according to a source familiar with the project. The company has been running a pilot version of the business-to-business service for the past few months.Depending on the business partner using Uber Works, the temporary workers – who, unlike Uber drivers, are hourly employees – could supplement a company or restaurant’s existing staff. If an event planner needs more servers at the last minute, for example, he or she could use Uber Works. Many of the details surrounding the service are still being developed, including launch and expansion plans, the source said. The Financial Times first reported that Uber Works is being tested in Chicago. Uber, which has about 600 full-time employees at its offices … [Read more...] about Need a hand? Uber testing on-demand staffing service
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.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... SAN JOSE, Calif. — A self-driving car that delivers your groceries seems like a great idea: a robot vehicle that uses artificial intelligence to replicate the service of yesteryear’s milkman and grocery store delivery kid. There are companies now working on the technology to make it a reality. But they still haven’t managed to get the robots to do all the work. There’s a human schlepping your food every step of the way. There’s even one behind the wheel. ADVERTISEMENT Tests of the technology in places like Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Jose, California, still feature human safety drivers who have to take over if the robotic one gets confused. So from picking and packing the groceries, to loading them in the car, to having the shopper come to the curb to unload … [Read more...] about Humans still heft groceries on-demand, for now
Commercial air service may be returning to the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport if the federal Department of Transportation accepts a proposal submitted by on-demand airline Boutique Airways under the Enterprise Air Service (EAS) program. Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello announced the plan Saturday. Southern Airways previously served the Jamestown airport but was cut from federal EAS funding in January due to the limited number of passengers. Reed praised the Boutique application, saying, “Without air service in Chautauqua County, Jamestown could feel the effects of lagging behind a rapidly changing economy." Borrello, who took office in January, said he has been working to bring flights back to Jamestown: “I have been working closely with Tom Reed and his team to not only restore air service but to improve the quality and reliability, by recruiting an airline with a great business plan. The EAS program provides subsidies for flights … [Read more...] about On-demand airline makes bid to return air service to Jamestown
While the official theme of this year's World Economic Forum is how technology will affect the future, much of the talk is focused on how the suddenly shaky global economy is affecting the present. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist with IHS, notes that rising concerns about China's slowing growth and the impact of slumping oil prices is dominating informal discussions at the event, held every year in Davos, Switzerland. Such fears have sent U.S. financial markets tumbling to their worst-ever start in January, although stocks bounced back Thursday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi hinted that the lender could act to stimulate growth in the eurozone. After tumbling on Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 116 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 15,883, while the S&P 500 added 10 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,869. The Nasdaq Composite index was largely flat. Since late-December stocks are down roughly 10 percent, erasing more than $2 trillion in market … [Read more...] about Davos, Wall Street cast uneasy eye on global economy
Whether you love or hate Obamacare, the health insurance program appears to have softened an otherwise dismal start to 2014 for the U.S. economy. GDP advanced a meager 0.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. One bright spot was consumer spending, which rose 3 percent. That was largely due to a surge in health-care spending, which jumped almost 10 percent during the first three months of the year, adding $43.3 billion in spending. So what's driving that jump? With millions of Americans buying insurance coverage via the Affordable Care Act's health-care exchanges, previously uninsured consumers may be demonstrating strong demand for physician and wellness services. "If health care spending had been unchanged, the headline GDP growth number would have been -1.0 percent," wrote Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a research note. "Spending on both doctors and hospital services [is] now running at more than twice … [Read more...] about What impact is Obamacare having on the economy?