Instacart to Cut 1,900 Jobs, Including Its Only Union Roles

Found on Bloomberg on Friday, 22 January 2021
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Instacart Inc. is cutting about 1,900 employees’ jobs, including 10 workers who recently formed a union, as the company seeks to boost its ranks of contract workers.

“What we found is that our shoppers require training and supervision, which is how you improve the quality of the picking,” Instacart Chief Executive Officer Apoorva Mehta said at the time. “You can’t do that when they are independent contractors.”

Sure, you need a lot of intensive and personal training to go through a shopping list and put the items into your cart. Sorry, but this is no rocket science, and untrained people manage to successfully shop for themselves even.