This week in Homebase News we cover Uber Works, a robotic mobile restaurant, and Amazon’s attempt to change the perception that it hurts small businesses. Read below to get the details on these stories involving local businesses and hourly workers.

New Uber Jobs Platform Connects Shift Workers and Businesses 

 Uber recently announced a new platform that will aim to connect shift workers with businesses who need openings filled. 

The company said it partnered with staffing agencies such as TrueBlue to launch Uber Works. Users can use the app to look for shifts that interest them and learn about pay, location, skills needed and required attire. 

Uber said the app is meant to be a “one-stop shop” for shift employees. 

“We believe a new, technology-first approach can provide faster and easier means for people to get work, while offering greater insight into the many opportunities for work that are out there—improving the experience for workers and businesses alike,” a press release about the app said. 

Restaurant Startup Rolls Out Robotic Mobile Concept

A startup dedicated to reimagining the mobile dining experience has taken restaurant automation to the streets with the first mobile restaurant powered entirely by robotic technology. 

Ono Food Co. recently announced Ono Blends and said the biggest objective is to bring healthy fast food to customers any time of day at any location. CEO Stephen Klein said the 56-square-foot mobile concept can be assembled anywhere, setting it apart from its competitors. 

“We think the future of food isn’t mobile but modular,” Klein said. 

Amazon Aims to Change Perception with Small Business Pop-Ups 

Amazon is hoping to change the public opinion that it hurts small businesses with nationwide pop-up events

The tech giant held the first “Amazon Small Business Spotlight” in Washington DC, and it consisted of around 20 sellers who displayed their goods and shared their experience of selling on Amazon and how it’s helped grow their businesses. 

The pop-ups come in the wake of scrutiny from lawmakers who are concerned about how Amazon interacts with sellers on its platform. 

An Amazon spokesperson at the event said the main goal of the pop-ups is to highlight successful business owners, but acknowledged that they are also meant to help battle the criticism around the selling platform. 

“We haven’t always done a good job telling our own story,” the spokesperson said. “We hope to fix that.”