BizFeed: UberEATS Coming to Philly
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:”
As the leader of UberEATS, the GM is responsible for the development and growth of a new business, and requires someone who’s not afraid of being in the weeds and fine tuning even the most specific of details. You are literally developing and rolling out the food delivery ecosystem for Uber. We’re looking for someone who has that mix of operational prowess to get shit done, the grit and determination that’s needed to negotiate and bring out the best from our restaurant vendors, the innovation and creative thinking that’s required to develop outside the box solutions, and the emotional intelligence required to oversee a complex logistical operation and overseeing teams of people.
Why It Matters: Uber is set to disrupt the local food-delivery business (which was just disrupted by a slew of tech-based companies like Instacart that will go grocery shopping for you.)
Technically Philly has more:
UberEATS would join the handful of other food delivery services in town, including Postmates, high-end option Caviar, Fooda, which focuses on corporate lunch delivery, and a stealth-mode, venture-backed delivery service targeted to restaurants rather than consumers.
An Uber rep told Technically Philly it’s exploring the possibility and doesn’t have immediate plans to launch. (Then why hire a GM to create it? Maybe Uber will only launch if it finds the perfect person to run the program? Or the company just doesn’t want to announce it yet.)
2. Dollar Shave Club Valued at $615 Million
The News: Remember that hilarious video from the Dollar Shave Club guy? Well that went viral and what might have just been a lark has turned into a company worth $615 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. It just closed a $75 million funding round and has 2 million members.
Why It Matters: Dollar Shave Club completely disrupted the razor market. Many men weren’t thrilled about the price of razors to begin with, let alone the tight security they’re under at the local pharmacy. It’s led industry stalwarts to release their own delivery services, like the Gillette Shave Club (pretty original.)
3. Average Time to Hire Increased by 10 Days in Just Four Years
The News: A new Glassdoor survey finds that hiring in United States is taking an average of 10 days longer in just the past four years. It jumped from 12.6 days in 2010 to 22.9 days in 2014.
Why It Matters: When I heard the news, I immediately thought that employers are being more and more careful during the hiring process to make sure they get the most talented employees. After all, talent is so crucial in today’s landscape.
Forbes offers its own explanations:
Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain said the combination of additional tools for screening and evaluating candidates and the move towards a more technically-skilled workforce has lengthened the time needed to hire a candidate.
“We find evidence that every single one of the screens we collect data on contributes to longer hiring delays. Some of these screens are becoming more common in recent years, background checks and skills tests in particular,” said Chamberlain.
“The big picture reason, I believe, is because of the economy-wide shift toward higher skilled jobs that require more judgment and creativity and the decline in routine jobs that are easy to automate. You have to more carefully screen employees.”