Uber – We’re here for Drivers
“My taxi company will take away my taxi if I partner with you guys” is a comment we regularly hear at Uber Toronto HQ. With threats like this, it’s unsurprising that drivers across Toronto are scared. Scared of losing their source of income, livelihood and financial security. This is just one tactic that big taxi brokerages are employing to limit the financial success of drivers.
The taxi industry in Toronto has grown at 1% annually because traditional taxi brokerages have minimal incentive to grow demand for taxis. Uber is striving to grow ridership with our initiatives like Uber for Business and other strategic partnerships. Uber for Business allows companies to pay for employee rides and encourages them to use Uber over other alternatives. Recently, Uber also launched a partnership with Concur, the world’s leader in spend management solutions. This partnership will allow all 25 million Concur users to link their Uber and Concur accounts resulting in more rides for our partners.
Uber prides itself on the transparency and equality of the Uber Platform. When a rider makes a request, the driver who is physically closest will always receive it first. This process eliminates the bias and favoritism that abound in traditional taxi dispatches. As we continue to scale our business, this process will ensure that all of our partners are able to share in the growth equally.
Finally, Uber wants to ensure that all partners who join our community are able to succeed. Uber works hard to help our partners provide the best possible customer service by motivating them with innovative campaigns and contests. For one of our most recent campaigns, Uber sent 8 of our best partners to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup Final. Check out the video below that showcases the winners!
We are excited to surpass the 100th city mark by welcoming two Brazilian cities, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, to the UberEATS family. From Atlanta to Warsaw, people have truly embraced this easy and reliable way to discover the food they love at the push of a button. Whether that’s an Indian inspired samosa, a good old-fashioned American burger or Vietnamese pho, people in 27 countries are using UberEATS to get a taste of the world’s flavors at the push of a button.
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.
A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–