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Flex Explainer | How Three-Sided Marketplaces Work for All

In our second post in this series, we’re going to discuss a crucial but underappreciated element: how app-based delivery platforms are three-sided marketplaces–and why that matters.  Introducing the key players. What do we mean by three-sided marketplaces? We all know the traditional two-sided marketplace, which consists of buyers and sellers. In those marketplaces, supply and […]

Flex Explainer | How Competition in the Delivery Space Drives Real Benefits

Amidst policymakers’ well-intentioned but misguided crackdown on “junk fees”, we want to set the record straight with some explainers to unpack key issues. Here, we focus on the deeply competitive delivery space and how that competition unlocks tangible benefits for all sides. In our next post, we’ll explain the intricacies of three-sided marketplaces like those […]

Spotlighting Portable Benefits

Portable benefits really had a moment last week. First, we released Flex’s first white paper on the subject, The Time is Right to Bring Benefits and Independence Together. Second, we partnered with Semafor to host a roundtable to explore how to support workers who opt to earn income through non-traditional, employment-based means. More on both […]

App-Based Platforms | Preparing, Responding, and Recovering from Natural Disasters

From blizzards and extreme flooding to wildfires and tornadoes, natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity, impacting communities across the U.S. As hurricane season approaches, we wanted to share how app-based platform companies prepare, respond, and help communities recover from these emergency situations. During these events, access to transportation and key supplies like food […]

Flex CEO Kristin Sharp Testifies Before the U.S. House Education & Workforce Subcommittee on Strengthening Independent Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 11th, 2024 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, app-based platform association Flex’s CEO, Kristin Sharp, reiterated how innovative policy initiatives like portable benefits programs can strengthen independent work. In testimony before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Sharp discussed the importance of maintaining the flexibility of independent work–including for those who choose to earn on […]

Flex Portable Benefits Principles

The Flex Association’s framework for federal portable benefits legislation is built on six key principles: FLEXIBILITY App-based workers should be able to choose how to use their portable benefits, including for, but not limited to, retirement, health, and paid leave. PROPORTIONALITY App-based platform contributions should be in proportion to how much app-based workers earn. App-based […]

Flex Statement on Released Details of DoL Worker Classification Final Rule

Independent work has become an indispensable part of the nation’s economy. While we do not anticipate immediate impacts, the DoL’s new guidance could generate significant uncertainty for millions of small business owners and entrepreneurs. That’s why we will seek to ensure implementation of this rule does not target workers who overwhelmingly turn to app-based platforms […]

Flex Members in the Holiday Spirit

‘Tis the season for rideshare and delivery holiday good tidings! This December, Flex members are sharing the holiday spirit and ensuring our earners and customers can celebrate with ease. Check out just some of the many initiatives and uplifting stories below: Extra Holiday Cheer: With many financially worried this holiday season, app-based platforms can offer […]