New quick-commerce (q-commerce) startups engaging in rapid grocery delivery from ‘dark stores’ have boomed, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. Advances in digital technology, weak labour markets, and abundant investment capital have collectively enabled firms to use worker-intensive methods to deliver convenience to consumers – often promising to deliver in less than fifteen minutes.
But what are the working conditions in the sector? To what extent does it overlap with and differ from the broader gig and platform economy, and what does it mean for EU policy-making and its enforcement? Finally, what can we expect for the future, as the venture capital that has funded unsustainably low delivery prices and loss-making firms is drying up? Is this leading to a squeeze on working conditions in order for these firms to reach profitability?
Join us on 28 March, from 15:00 to 16:30, at the launch event of a study commissioned by FEPS and UNI Europa into the q-commerce sector. The event will take place in person at FEPS Headquarters at Avenue 46, 1000, Brussels. But you can also follow it via live streaming.
- Agnes Jongerius, MEP, S&D group
- László Andor, Secretary General, FEPS
- Max Uebe, Head of Unit ‘Employment Strategy’, EU Commission, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
- Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary, UNI Europa
- Valeria Pulignano, Prof. in Sociology, KU Leuven
- Ben Wray, Researcher & coordinator of The Gig Economy Project
- Rachel Verdin, Research fellow, University of Sussex Business School
- Wil Hunt, Research fellow, Digital Futures at Work (Digit) Research Centre, University of Sussex
- Steve Rolf, Research fellow, Digital Futures at Work (Digit) Research Centre, University of Sussex
- Frank Van Bennekom, Union Official, Young & United at FNV
- Stan De Spiegelaere, Director of Policy and Research at UNI Europa
- Emirali Karadoğan, Advisor at Tez-Koop-İş Union, Turkey