8 Companies Shaping The Future For Online Work

I read this interesting article a while back so I thought I would share…

Amazon

Amazon has already dominated ecommerce and now it’s moving into local delivery with its Amazon Prime Now service. Through Amazon Flex, workers can sign up to make $18 to $25 an hour delivering for Amazon. Although the company is still building and expanding its delivery services, the company is already being labeled a disruptor in the package-delivery market.

Uber

Uber has completely disrupted the on-demand transportation industry and become the prime example of how consumers can help consumers one on one, with only an app to act as an intermediary. The company’s success can be attributed to the fact that it improved upon a much-needed service by offering lower prices and a better experience.

Lyft

Although Lyft is only worth $5.5 million compared to Uber’s $62.5 billion, the lower-valued ride-sharing service recently made headlines with its partnership with GM. The investment signals a future where drivers might request a self-driving car using an app rather than owning their own cars. Having Lyft under its wing already will give GM access to the technology that powers the ride-sharing company.

LeadGenius

LeadGenius uses a unique combination of real human researchers and machine learning to help businesses scale their lead generation. With researchers in more than 40 countries, 53 percent of whom have college degrees or higher, LeadGenius has been able to outpace competitors that rely on software alone. B2B leads are gathered using the latest technology but researchers also manually collect and quality-assure leads to make sure businesses get the most high-quality, relevant prospects available. LeadGenius’ network of skilled researchers is notable for mirroring the structure of traditional workforce where workers specialize and collaborate in teams. LeadGenius is the fastest growing of the initial companies to support the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s Good Work Code.

Alfred

While there are many errand-based sharing-economy services, Alfredcombines multiple types of errands in one app. Local workers provide services like grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and house cleaning, with the app eventually learning what services customers might need at a given time. Service costs range from $15 to $42 per week and the company is already thriving in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with plans to expand to new cities soon.

Instacart

Instacart limits its services to grocery shopping, gathering local shoppers in each service area to purchase and deliver groceries from stores like Whole Foods, Target, Costco, and Safeway. While most workers are independent contractors, shoppers in some areas can apply to be part-time employees for the company. Although the company is doing well, increasing competition from Amazon Prime Now and Walmart’s grocery pickup servicehas forced it to make a few cutbacks.

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit has been around since 2008, but the company has been gradually expanding to new markets. Locals in participating areas can offer services like moving, cleaning, putting together IKEA furniture, home repairs, and more. In 2013, TaskRabbit added 1.25 million users and doubled its contractor base to a total of 25,000.

Google

Many people think of Google as a search engine, but the company actually has a stake in a wide variety of innovative industries. RideWith is the company’s foray into ride sharing, currently being tested in Israel. The app is a spinoff of traffic crowdsourcing site Waze, a company Google acquired in 2013. RideWith will work similarly to Uber and Lyft, only users will be able to access it through Waze. Those who are in need of transportation merely need to enter their commute info and the app will locate a driver in the area.

The sharing economy opens up opportunities for workers to work for themselves full time or make extra money on the side. With these companies growing so rapidly, they’re changing a variety of industries in positive ways.

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Parents Claim SMA Milk is “Poisoning” Children

Parents Claim SMA Milk is “Poisoning” Children

Parents claim that the new formula to Nestle’s SMA is poisoning children

Nestle changed their formula back in January. But things seem to have gone wrong and there is now a petition to BAN the new formula.

A U.K mum who had fed her daughter SMA Gold from birth had never had a problem until a few weeks back when he baby daughter became ill. Two days after using the new formula

The little girls mum claims the tot became “limp, lifeless and had a temperature of 40c. Apparently she was swelling, had vomiting and diarrhoea and would scream in pain when she ate. That would be scary for any parent.

Following a trip to the GP and tests for viruses came back negative she was asked if anything had changed in the baby’s diet.  The clever mum did her research and realised that the SMA formula had changed without any warning

The GP informed her to stop giving the little girl the milk immediately as it was “poisoning” her system.

Luckily the pretty little baby is making a full recovery, but since this came out many other mothers have came forward saying their babies have been ill since the new formula came out also.

A spokesman for Nestle stated that they will not be recalling the formula. That the product is safe to use and many, many babies have made the adjustment with no problems whatsoever. They also explained that they had pre warned people of the changes in The Baby Club emails and newsletters and there is a leaflet under the lid of the new pack explaining the changes.

If parents have any concerns they should contact the Nestle Careline on 0800 081 8180