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It is no surprise that the existence of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have completely changed the landscape for transportation and what is now referred to as the “demand-economy”. This is categorized by companies like Uber and AirBnb who have changed the way consumers use products and services.
Rideshare companies have already started to impact how public transportation is used in many cities, especially with their sights set on creating new innovations like self-driving cars. It also goes without saying that Uber and Lyft have decreased the use of taxis, which over the past few years, has become a huge topic of discussion in the industry.
What may not be so obvious is the impact that rideshare services have had on other industries, including the restaurant industry.
Not only do services like UberEATS change how people order food, but Uber and Lyft are taking away labor from people who would have previously chosen to work in a restaurant.
It has become increasingly difficult for restaurants to find good workers, partially because the flexibility of working for Uber and Lyft attracts more talent. Drivers for Uber and Lyft can make their own schedules, and work for as many hours in the week as they want. The same is not the case for part-time restaurant workers. Rideshare drivers will likely earn higher wages than those working in restaurants with the exception of management-level workers.
When you think about all the “benefits” that Uber and Lyft drivers have compared to those working in restaurants, it’s no surprise the majority choose to be become drivers instead.
Rideshare services will continue to grow and have a great impact on different industries, as well as how us as consumers choose to live our lives.