Today I learned that the "gig" or sharing economy threatens to disrupt more industries like package delivery:
Amazon just announced an "Uber for Amazon deliveries" (sorry i had to) service called Flex. Flex launches in Seattle, and will soon be available in NYC, Chicago, Dallas, and several other cities. Hopefully my part of town too :-).
For now, Flex is limited to Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service (orders delivered in 1 or 2 hours), but could expand to other packages in the future. Drivers need to be at least 21 years old, have an Android phone, and pass a background check. They can "choose any available 2, 4, and 8 hour blocks of time to work the same day, or set availability for up to 12 hours per day for the future."
Disrupting the disruptors
According to Seeking Alpha, assuming it's able to hire enough drivers, Flex gives Amazon a low-cost way to expand its rapid/same-day delivery footprint, and represents a challenge to ride-sharing giant UBER, which has been hungry to expand into delivery/logistics services as well. Both Uber and Amazon (the latter via Prime Now) have launched food delivery services.
Losers? Fedex, UPS and similar services, UBER, TaskRabit and similar services