Cabbin Fever

Ola’s cab supply conundrum

Ola spent millions on its cab leasing scheme, which helped the company build massive blocks of supply. However, in the absence of Ola’s once-stellar incentives, this supply is slowly dwindling. Ola has to make its move fast or risk losing what it has built to its rivals

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In 2015, online cab aggregator Ola released a commercial that wasn’t targeted at customers. Instead, the ad, featuring a jovial cabby, sought to entice the lifeblood of Ola itself—drivers. Or driver-partners, as online cab aggregators prefer to call them. The company, hoping to attract a wave of drivers to its platform, ran an ad featuring…

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