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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2022 7:58 pm 
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Most of [Uber's financial losses] at the mo is on food delivery.

Uber isn't the biggest player, and they weren't the first in the market.

So to get the market share they are losing billions in discounts, and the other main players are losing more billions to stop Uber from getting to number one.

Which kind of underlines what I said earlier [-(

Obviously I was referring more to Uber's 'taxi' service, but of course it applies to the bigger company in the round - rationalise by dumping the food delivery service, and get rid off the less profitable 'taxi' markets, and Uber's financial position is a lot healthier.

Haven't really been following the food delivery financials (more bothered about cars parking on the rank here and cyclists doing, er, effectively anything they want to in terms of laws and rules).

But while Uber maybe had 'first mover advantage' in the 'taxi' app market, and even then they needed to pump huge sums of start-up costs in to gain market share, obviously they're playing catch up in the food deliveries market.

But, again, that's where the local cab thing benefits them - it's a lot easier to get into new markets by piggy-backing on existing providers, and it's effectively more like simply selling a brand or franchise, rather than having to organise cars and drivers from scratch.

Maybe a bit like all these third party suppliers that sell via Amazon and eBay - Amazon and eBay help them sell their wares, but obviously at a cost for selling via their websites. So a bit like selling taxi services via Uber's app. So Amazon can benefit from taking a cut for stuff sold via its website, but without the storage and distribution costs involved.


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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2022 10:29 am 
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Same old, same old, but Uber already available here, so it's a double whammy for the local trade other than the Local Cab provider :-o


Uber launches 'local cab' feature in partnership with Tamworth firm Acorn Taxis

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/m ... e-23850539

Tamworth will be among the first towns in England where riders can access both UberX and Local Cab in the same app.


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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2022 3:33 pm 
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Another double whammy in Oswestry :-o


Uber taxi app announces partnership with Oswestry firm

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co ... stry-firm/

ONE of the world's biggest taxi companies will be operating in tandem with an Oswestry firm after launching a 'local' service.


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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 4:27 pm 
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Confusingly, this one serving Stoke and Staffs is called Autocab Private Hire :-s

https://autocabprivatehire.co.uk/

Presumably just another despatch operator, though, and nothing to do with Autocab per se.

Apart from that, the article below is the usual boilerplate.

Mildly amusing, though, that the firm says it's a 'win-win' scenario for drivers and passengers.

It's another one where Uber is already operating, so to me it's a double whammy for the local trade rather than win-win :-o


New Uber 'local cab' service with Stoke-on-Trent taxi firm

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/st ... ce-7079669

It will enable Uber app users to book a trip with Stoke-on-Trent firm Autocab


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:02 am 
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Another one in Stoke bites the dust. Or bites the hand that feeds it. Or something like that :-s

Article the usual boilerplate, though :?


Stoke-on-Trent taxi giant Lucky Seven joins Uber's 'local cab' service

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/st ... ky-7218294

Lucky Seven Private Hire is the latest firm to sign up

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Another Stoke-on-Trent taxi firm has signed up to a new partnership with Uber. Lucky Seven Private Hire is the latest firm to join Uber's 'local cab' service.

The local cab scheme started in the city last month in partnership with Autocab Private Hire. But Lucky Seven is now also on board after joining the scheme earlier this month.

Since its pilot early last year, Local Cab has now launched in more than 50 locations across the UK. The service is available for passengers now in the latest version of the Uber app, alongside regular Uber-operated options UberX and UberXL.

Lucky Seven general manager Zahir Ahmad said: "We look forward to making Local Cab available to more people across Stoke-on-Trent. We feel that now, more than ever, a product like Local Cab is needed – with demand for taxis continuing to rise and passengers in need of more options.

"The partnership with Uber is also enabling us to provide further job opportunities to our drivers and we hope it will attract new recruits to join our fleet."

Uber launched the service to meet its growing demand for trips and extend the use of its app.

Uber UK general manager Andrew Brem said: "We are excited to continue the roll-out of Local Cab in Stoke-on-Trent and look forward to extending it to more UK towns and cities soon.

"Partnering with local operators is helping to maximise earnings opportunities for drivers as well as give passengers more transport options — making it a win-win."


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