BizFeed: UberEATS Coming to Philly

Uber is hiring a general manager to launch a Philly UberEATS delivery service.

Uber is hiring a general manager to launch a Philly UberEATS delivery service.

1. Uber’s food delivery hiring Philly GM

The News: Uber isn’t just a people-delivery service, it’s also a food-delivery service through its vertical UberEATS. Now the company is hiring a general manager to head up the Philly operation, according to Technically Philly. It’s currently available in just five cities: New York, Barcelona, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.

The job listing said the company is looking for someone with a “get shit done attitude” and the “fear tolerance of a honey-badger:” Read more »

Philly Judge Calls B.S. on UberX … 14 Times

An UberX car getting impounded by the PPA.

An UberX car getting impounded by the PPA.

Ever since UberX debuted in Philadelphia proper in October of last year, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which has authority over all taxis and limousines in the city, has maintained that the hugely popular car service is illegal. PPA investigators have impounded dozens of UberX cars and cited their drivers in sting operations, and Uber has fought those actions in court. Well, the judge in those cases recently began issuing rulings, and he has sided against Uber every single time. Read more »

Uber Launched its Own Video Game

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So, Uber just launched a new video game. Seriously.

But it’s not just meant to be a good time — it’s meant to recruit new drivers.

Called UberDRIVE, the game takes place in San Francisco and tasks users with making pickups and delivering passengers safely to their destinations. Here’s how the company describes it in a recent blog post. Read more »

Can SEPTA Plausibly Offer an Uber-like Bus Service?

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The prospect of on-demand mass transit — basically the Uber model, but with buses or vans — has been the subject of plenty of speculation in recent months.

Citified recently wrote about the growing number of private companies in other cities that seem to see a market opening in what’s sometimes called “microtransit,” including Uberpool, Bridj and Lyft Line. There’s also at least one company, TransLoc, that’s trying to convince public mass transit agencies to embrace on-demand, dynamic routing technology.

How does all this work? As a City Lab story on TransLoc put it: Read more »

BizFeed: Urban Outfitters’ Shocking Nosedive

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1. Urban Outfitters’ Dreadful Earnings Report Sends Stock Tumbling 16 Percent

The News: Well I guess the experts were wrong. In a shocking earnings report, Urban Outfitters recorded sales of $739 million, which fell well short of analysts expectations of $757.58 million. Online retail expenses and deep discounting were major culprits. Anthropologie — normally a top performing brand — saw sales climb a disappointing 1 percent — the slowest growth in 11 quarters. It reported earnings per share of $0.26, below analysts’ estimates of $0.30. CEO Richard A. Hayne called it a “disappointing quarter” and said the company is “working diligently to regain its fashion footing.”

What it Means: Financial analysts have been raving for months about Urban Outfitters, calling it a comeback story after its flagship brand showed serious growth in the fourth quarter and the company hit $1 billion in revenue. Since October, shares had made a serious recovery and hit multiyear highs. Read more »

Real-Time Digital TransitScreens Coming to Center City Office Buildings

Commerce Square | Via: TransitScreen

Commerce Square | Via: TransitScreen

Commerce Square debuted a new outdoor digital screen that will actually be helpful to the throngs of office workers, commuters and visitors in Center City. Brandywine Realty Trust announced a partnership today with TransitScreen to introduce a digital hub that provides real-time updates on various forms of transportation, including SEPTA and New Jersey Transit schedules, Uber distance times, nearby car share locations and even Indego Bike Share docking info.

Essentially, the one-stop-shop allows you to choose the most convenient form of transportation for whatever trip you’re about to take. CityLab explains that the “goal is to focus on getting city residents to consider all their travel options before they ever leave” and proclaimed that the tech belongs “in every lobby.”

Here’s what that info might look like on the giant LED screen or on a TV in the lobby of the building: Read more »

Uber Forced to Provide Top-Secret Data to Pennsylvania Regulators

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As the Philadelphia Parking Authority carries on its war against massively popular smart phone-based car service Uber — a service that continues to operate in Philadelphia despite its illegality — the company has also been clashing with state regulators, who this week forced Uber to turn over proprietary data and also proposed a fine of $19 million. Read more »

Uber Will Bring You a Bike Helmet on Demand for $10 Today

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Got your Indego bike share key but no helmet? No worries: Today, starting at 11 a.m., to celebrate the launch of Philly’s new bike share program, Uber (yes, that Uber) is delivering brand spankin’ new Nutcase Metroride commuter helmets to Philly bikers on demand for just $10.

Here’s the deal: To get the helmet (which would usually run you $79), all you have to do is download the Uber app, if you don’t already have it, and request HELMET where you would usually request a type of car. A driver will arrive in a few minutes with your helmet (or helmets — the max is two per request), and you’ll be charged $10 for each one. That $10 will serve as a donation to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, which Uber will match.. How freakin’ awesome is that?  Read more »

Make a Shark Tank-style Pitch in an Uber on Friday

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Getting 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to pitch an idea to a venture capitalist has quite a bit of value. So does a free Uber ride. Put them together and you have UberPITCH.

If you request an Uber on Friday between noon and 4 p.m., your car might show up carrying the likes of Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital founder) or Philip Moyer (Safeguard Scientifics senior vice president). Read more »

UberX Hits One Million Rides in Region, Still Illegal in Philadelphia

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Uber’s low-cost, cheaper-than-a-cab UberX service may have its naysayers — including the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which maintains that the service is still very much illegal — but according to statistics just released by the company, Philadelphians certainly seem to be using the service. On Tuesday, Uber’s corporate office announced that UberX has hit one million rides in Philadelphia since its formal debut in October 2014. The company is counting any ride that originated in the five-county area. Read more »

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