Need a Lyft?: The Market for Ride-Sharing Apps

So you’ve heard about Uber’s latest round of VC funding or Lyft’s expansion into a new city, (or the latest scandal Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has caused), and you want to know more about the market for ride-sharing apps and the companies running them. With 93% of millennials saying they plan to continue using Uber despite the company’s recent bad press, these companies aren’t going anywhere.

Lippincott Library subscribes to databases that offer statistics, information about VC funding, market share, and user demographics for the companies operating in this market. As you search, note that databases often use different terminology to describe this market. Try searching ride-sharingride-hailing, car-sharing, and sharing economy to find information about this market.

PrivCo offers excellent coverage of Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing companies. Their company profiles include a company description, company financials, sources of funding, a list of investors, competitors in that market, and news and analysis about the company. While it can be tough to find financial information on startup companies like Uber and Lyft, PrivCo offers relatively comprehensive financial information for each company it profiles. (Note: You will need to set up an account based on your Penn email to access PrivCo.)

eMarketer also provides great coverage of Uber and other ride-sharing companies, offering a variety of statistics, narrative reports, and news stories. From a report on “What Lyft’s Funding, and Uber’s Struggles, Mean for the Sharing Economy” to statistics on why consumers use ride-sharing services or which apps they use most often,  eMarketer is a good resource to use. Try searching Uber,  Lyft, ride sharing, and ride hailing to find more information.

Thomson ONE has some useful analyst reports on Lyft, Uber, and other ride-sharing apps. To find these reports, click “Screening & Analysis” and then “Research”. Search for ride-sharing or ride-hailing in “Title”, or search for sharing in “Title”  and then click the And drop down menu to  add another search row and search Lyft or Uber in “Title/Text”.

If you want to dig into each company’s market share, use Market Share Reporter. Search ride hailing to find statistical tables  including “Ride-Hailing Industry, 2014“, “Ride-Hailing Apps in China“, as well as “Business Travel Transportation, 2014-2015” which includes market share data for Uber and Lyft.

IBIS World has industry reports on “Taxi and Limousine Services in the US” and on “Limousine and Town Car Services” that mention how Uber and Lyft are affecting these industries. You can find these reports by searching Uber, Lyft, and ride-sharing. While ride-sharing companies only comprise an estimated 6% of these markets, 6% of a nearly $11 billion market is nothing to sneeze at.

Mintel Oxygen also offers great coverage of consumer markets and products, including the market for ride-sharing apps. Try searching UberLyft, and ride sharing to find reports on the way ride-sharing apps have affected insurance companies, car rental and travel companies, and driven digital trends and new business models.

Feel free to contact Lippincott’s business research librarians with questions about researching this or any other market or industry!

Hungry for More: Researching the Online Food Delivery Market

how do you order food for deliveryWhen was the last time you used Seamless, Grubhub, or another one of the many online food delivery apps and services available? If you’re anything like me, or the 13% of American consumers who usually order food through a mobile app, it was probably last weekend. If you want to learn more about how these companies are changing the food delivery market, Lippincott Library is a good place to start.

Lippincott Library subscribes to databases that offer a variety of statistics, consumer demographic information, and market research about the online food delivery market. As you search, note that databases often use slightly different terminology to describe this market. Use search terms such as online food delivery, online-to-offline food delivery, online foodservice, and consumer foodservice to find information on this market.

Statista provides a wealth of statistical and narrative information about the online food delivery market. Search online food delivery and online foodservice to find a dossier covering online food delivery services in the US, along with statistics about many aspects of online food delivery. Statistics include which online food delivery company has the biggest market share, which company is most popular with consumers, and even the most common food people order online.

Mintel Oxygen offers market research reports and info-graphics on a variety of consumer services and products, focusing their coverage on the U.S. and the U.K. A quick search will bring you a comprehensive report on The Online Foodservice Consumer.  This report covers barriers to entry, opportunities, and consumer demographics for this market. Search online food delivery to access this report and others related to this market.

Passport GMID offers global coverage of market research and statistics on many consumer services and products, including foodservice. You can use Passport GMID in two ways: 1) to find every publication and statistic about a particular industry or 2) to find any publication or statistic that mentions a specific term. For option 1), go to “Search Full Tree” and drill into “Categories and Topics”. Scroll down to “Economic and Consumer Topics”, and start drilling into the “Digital Consumer” category. For option 2), try searching online food delivery, online foodservice, and consumer foodservice remote purchase to find category briefings, industry overviews, and news stories about this industry.

Thomson ONE  focuses on companythomson one information and includes analyst reports,  several of which cover the online food delivery market. To find these reports, click “Screening & Analysis” and then “Research”. Search for publicly traded companies such as Grubhub or search for keywords, for example, online food delivery in the “Title/Text” search box. Limit your search to industry reports and find coverage of the market as a whole rather than coverage of specific companies in this market.

EMIS provides international coverage of the online food delivery market, including a mix of market research and popular news coverage of this market. Search online food delivery to find comprehensive market research reports such as a recent report on the “Online Food Delivery Market in India 2017” along with news stories like a recent article about halal certification for online food delivery services in the United Arab Emirates.

Our technology industry-focused databases Gartner and Forrester also cover some aspects of this market, like customer experience, digital payment and digital wallet products, and delivery technology such as delivery drones.

I hope this whets your appetite to learn more about this rapidly growing industry. As always, contact Lippincott’s business research librarians with questions about researching this or any other industry!