Order food or other products with a cell phone application. The battlefield is no longer just the transport of passengers. Now, the delivery to home or office is the new terrain in which technology companies seek to generate profits.
The international firm Uber will present next week in the country another branch of its business: Uber Eats. The application can now be downloaded and used in Guayaquil and Quito.
Uber’s business model is based on the so-called collaborative economy, that is, sharing, exchanging, exchanging goods and services, almost always supported by technological platforms.
Uber responded to EXPRESO that the application seeks to provide new self-employment opportunities for distribution partners and allows independent chefs and restaurant owners in the country to connect with more customers and add more sales.
Almost at par, another application of Spanish origin also arrived in the country. This is Glovo, which unlike Uber Eats, not only delivers food, but also any type of orders that the user requires.
Glovo is also available in Guayaquil and Quito since June of this year.
Both Uber Eats and Glovo are already starting to add restaurants and delivery companies. Both applications seek to become an alternative for Ecuadorians who are unemployed or underemployed.
In social networks like Facebook already they begin to circulate publications that say: “You are without work or you want to increase your income, and you have motorcycle, be part of Uber Eats, in Guayaquil”.
Glovo’s website indicates the requirements that are needed to be a “glover”, that is, to start working on the platform: “A smile from ear to ear, your vehicle (motorcycle, bicycle or car), a iPhone or an Android device and be over 18 years old “.
The company does not directly hire the delivery drivers, according to its website. These will be registered as self-employed workers and declare their income at the end of the year on their tax return.
“The flexibility of our service allows the ‘Glovers‘ to have more freedom to generate income during their free time,” says the company.
But, what repercussions can the income of this type of business have on the Ecuadorian? Wilson Araque, director of the Management area and coordinator of the Pyme Observatory of the Simón Bolívar Andean University, assures that it can have two effects.
The first in the market of delivery companies. In the country, says Araque, there are already companies in this field and should seek to be more competitive so as not to lose market share.
The other effect could be felt in the labor market. Araque argues that these businesses open interesting opportunities for workers who do not have a job in the country, given the current situation of lack of work.
However, Araque assures that government authorities must supervise these companies so that there are no abuses and the local labor market is not precarious.
In fact, Glovo has been questioned in Spain for precarious deals to the delivery people. According to El País newspaper, distributors in Barcelona denounced the company for its work model.
Last month, the workers denounced the company to the Labor Inspectorate because they believe they are false self-employed workers that is, they have an employment relationship with the company and not with associates.EXPRESO asked Glovo Ecuador how it will handle this situation in the country, but preferred not to speak out. (I)