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Uber Eats: Users Can Skip Lines to Get Food at Stadiums, Book Electric Cars – UBER



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To foster a more effective and faster customer service delivery, US-based mobility company, Uber, says people can now jump the queue at stadiums to pick up their food.

Uber announced this in a video presentation titled Go/Get 2022 on Monday where it said: “People will be able to use the ‘Uber Eats‘ food delivery service to order food at sports stadiums around the U.S. from their seats and skip the lines to pick it up. People will be able to use the Uber Eats food delivery service to order food at sports stadiums around the U.S. from their seats and skip the lines to pick it up.

Investors King gathered that Uber has also introduced a voice ordering service where users can, through Google voice, order for food no matter how far they are from their mobile devices.

“Makes it easy to get your go through meal, bottle of wine,…and more. Voice ordering will be available around the world in English with more languages rolling up this summer”, Ethan Hollinshead, Delivery Product Lead said.

Also, with the introduction of different new ride-hailing options, including Uber Charter, people can now book party buses, passenger vans and coaches to events through the Uber app via a partnership with U.S based bus charter company, Coachways. 

Uber has introduced an array of new features in its core app aimed at generating income during the expected summer travel boom following the recovery from Covid-19 restrictions.

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Uber said it was beginning a pilot programme in the US that allows passengers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Dubai to book premium, fully-electric vehicles like Teslas through a new feature called Uber Comfort Electric. It also said it would make it easier for its drivers of electric vehicles to find charging stations through its app.

Another new feature, Uber Travel, allows people can share their vacation itineraries and have Uber book rides in advance to various destinations, such as from the airport to the hotel or to restaurants and tourist spots.

According to Uber’s Head of Mobility Product, Jen You, “by linking your Gmail to your google accounts, you’ll be able to see all of your flights and hotels right in your google app.”

“Uber started the pandemic as a company known for getting a ride, but today it’s a different story,” she said. “We are the one global platform that can help you go anywhere you want and get anything you need,” said Jeenah Moon, a New York Times reporter.

In a report by Jeenah, Uber has been suggesting it will pull back on its rapid-growth-at-all-costs philosophy. Leaders of the companies have signaled that they would be more selective about how it chooses to spend its money.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, some initiatives that require substantial capital will be slowed, as the company braces for a declining market and expectations of profitability from investors.

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Dana Motors Ignites a Green Revolution in Nigeria’s Auto Industry with CNG-Powered Vehicles



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Dana Motors Limited, the exclusive distributor of Kia in Nigeria, is leading a groundbreaking charge to revolutionize the transportation landscape in the country.

In response to the escalating fuel prices and mounting vehicle-related expenses, Dana Motors Limited has unveiled ambitious plans to introduce Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles into the Nigerian market.

This strategic move underscores Dana Motors Limited’s unwavering dedication to innovation and sustainability within Nigeria’s automotive sector, effectively tackling the pressing need for more economical transportation options.

Having previously set a precedent by launching Nigeria’s inaugural electric vehicle, the Kia Soul, Dana Motors Limited is now poised to introduce an array of high-efficiency CNG-powered vehicles.

Francis Ogboro, Vice Chairman of the Group, passionately stated, “At Dana Motors Limited, our ultimate objective is to provide Nigerians with innovative, environmentally-friendly, and budget-conscious automotive solutions. The introduction of CNG-powered vehicles seamlessly aligns with our overarching vision to elevate the quality of life for all Nigerians, while simultaneously mitigating the surging costs associated with vehicle ownership.”

Further amplifying this commitment, Olu Tikolo, Vice President of Dana Motors Limited, emphasized, “Recognizing the transformative potential of CNG vehicles for public transportation, we are steadfast in our dedication to making transit more accessible and affordable. Through this visionary initiative, we aspire to elevate the overall quality of life for all Nigerians.”

The forthcoming launch of CNG-powered vehicles by Dana Motors Limited is poised to make substantial contributions to Nigeria’s emission reduction efforts, foster sustainability, and establish a more economical transportation system. Dana Motors Limited is not just leading but reshaping the trajectory of the Nigerian automotive industry, forging a greener, more cost-effective future for all.

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Nigerian Autotech Startup, Fixit45, Secures $1.9 Million for East Africa Expansion




Nigerian autotech startup Fixit45 has successfully secured $1.9 million in equity and working capital to fuel its ambitious expansion plans into East Africa.

The funding round, spearheaded by Launch Africa Ventures, witnessed significant participation from notable investors, including Soumobroto Ganguly and Dave Delucia, alongside a diverse group of angel investors.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Fixit45 underscored the significance of this capital infusion as a substantial stride towards broadening its footprint and influence within Africa’s thriving automotive aftermarket industry.

The company revealed that these funds have been earmarked to fuel its strategic expansion initiatives, with a particular emphasis on fortifying its automotive repair business.

Fixit45 also shared its unwavering commitment to enhancing its spare parts distribution capabilities through its online-to-offline platform, With a keen eye on the East African market, Fixit45 has set its sights on Kenya and Uganda.

Co-founded by visionaries Chioma Ahueze-Okochukwu, Goodluck Ikporo, and Pankaj Bohhra, Fixit45 offers a unique platform that empowers car owners to seamlessly connect and engage with a vast network of aftermarket stakeholders.

This extensive network encompasses automobile service providers, specialized technical teams, spare parts suppliers, and end-consumers.

Pankaj Bohhra, one of the co-founders of Fixit45, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This funding represents a pivotal moment for Fixit45. We are profoundly grateful to our investors for their faith in our vision and our unwavering commitment to revolutionizing the African automotive aftermarket sector. With this capital infusion, we are well-positioned to advance towards our expansion objectives.”

Fixit45’s strategic move into East Africa holds the promise of ushering in transformative developments in the automotive industry across the region.

As the company intensifies its efforts, the future of automotive repair and spare parts distribution in East Africa appears poised for a remarkable evolution. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as Fixit45 continues to make waves in the autotech sector.

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Payday’s $3 Million Seed Round: From Hope to Headaches



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Six months after securing $3 million in a seed round led by Moniepoint, Nigerian fintech startup Payday finds itself embroiled in controversy and uncertain about its future.

Founder and CEO, Favour Ori, confirmed that the company is actively engaged in discussions with potential buyers.

In March, reports surfaced that Moniepoint was in talks to acquire Payday, with an expected deal closure within three months. However, the deal fell through, reportedly due to Moniepoint’s board’s lack of enthusiasm. Despite this setback, negotiations to sell the company continue.

Payday faced a wave of negative publicity in August after suspending access to customer accounts following fraudulent activities that resulted in customer losses. The company was accused of misappropriating customer funds before acknowledging the account restrictions.

Internal issues further marred the company’s reputation, especially after Payday implemented contentious salary reductions for some Nigerian staff in July and failed to issue promised stock options to affected employees.

This led to dissatisfaction and several employee departures.

Payday’s COO, Ogechi Obike, also departed, citing goal misalignment and clashes with Favour Ori.

Accusations arose that Favour marginalized Obike in crucial meetings and decision-making processes.

Favour Ori’s management style came under scrutiny, with allegations of impulsiveness and a lack of transparency.

Employees claimed that he hired top talent but stifled their input, resulting in customer disruptions, including difficulties creating virtual cards and accessing accounts.

Amid these controversies, Favour Ori has reduced his involvement in the company, focusing on external work with GitHub while the co-founder, Elijah Kingson, is employed at Revolut.

Payday’s future remains uncertain, with the potential sale of the company and the need to regain customer trust and employee satisfaction hanging in the balance.

The company faces the challenge of restoring its reputation and stability while navigating a tumultuous period in its young history.

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