I love the on-demand economy. Among my favorite apps are Favor, Uber, and Amazon Prime. I was an early adopter of the ill-fated Kozmo.com. And I eagerly follow the market. There’s Washio for dry cleaning, Instacart for groceries, and even VetPronto for a veterinarian!
If you were to set up a new on-demand economy company, what would you want? Perhaps a network of people who knew different neighborhoods really well; small, local warehouses for products; a fleet of transportation vessels to transport people and things around; and an incentive to succeed.
You know, like the U.S. Postal Service.
It’s amazing really, how much infrastructure the government already has that could compete with or fuel this new economy. Let’s say you wanted to start a company that delivered freshly ground coffee beans, or fresh produce. Wouldn’t it be convenient to have local warehouses that are uniformly distributed throughout neighborhoods?
The post office is in trouble if they don’t come up with something. Their taking over Amazon’s Sunday deliveries indicates that they’re eager for new opportunities, but I think they should be thinking bigger.