Is In-Car Commerce the Next Big Foodservice Trend?

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we're taking a look at in-car commerce startup, Cargo. Cargo provides a solution to the question, what if I don’t want to get out of the car?

Convenience for consumers who utilize ridesharing, Cargo provides snacks, beverages and miscellaneous items like electronics and beauty products for sale. The center console box features an assortment of items provided by big partners like Coca-Cola, SnackNation, Red Bull, Kellogg's and more.

Recently partnering with the rideshare giant itself, Uber and Cargo are disrupting the retail industry.

The global partnership will be available to riders in San Francisco and Los Angeles first. Uber drivers who choose to provide Cargo’s service to their riders can go to their local Uber service hub and pick up the Cargo box.

What’s in it for drivers? Cargo allows not only for a way to upgrade rideshare service and earn shining reviews and ratings but additional income. Uber and Cargo estimates that drivers can earn about $100 extra per month through Cargo boxes.

For every product a driver sells, including free samples, Cargo will pay the driver one dollar and 25 percent of the product’s retail price.

Learn more about Cargo in the video above and at “Inc.com

Austin Restaurants Support Ride-Sharing Petition

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A growing number of local Austin restaurants have recently begun hosting ride-sharing petition sign up events as a reaction against new regulations enacted by the Austin City Council. The hope is that with enough signatures (20,000), there will be a re-vote on the issue that will force the city council to return to original regulations.

As one local Austin restaurant owner claims, ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft serve to fill the gap in service left by the lessening number of taxis in the city. "I see it as the most positive thing that's touched my industry in years," said bar owner Bob Woody. 

Woody further explained that there just aren't enough taxi cabs to fill the high-demand caused by restaurants and bars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and that these companies allow for patrons to avoid driving intoxicated. Read More