The other day I posted this snippet about Uberholes. While that was tongue in cheek, it had a note of reality in it. Watch out for Amazon and others jumping into the field was my sarcastic point. And so it’s happened. Amazon Said To Start Selling Babysitting And Other Home Services Later This Year.
“The company is looking at debuting sales of things like babysitting, handymen services, painters, haircuts, home repair and more. The move would extend Amazon’s range of competitors to sites like Angie’s List and Craigslist.”
That’s just the start. When Amazon moves into contracting and logistic services that hire “local to local” delivery like Google is starting to do with Express, it’s not hard to see them choosing the sharing economy model to defer logistical overhead in regions. e.g. Uberazon or Uberpress. Not only does this enter into uncharted waters of ad-hock employment it opens the door to a whole new level of economic restructuring.
Yes, I said it. Change!. Restructuring. Putting idle, young workforces into the sharing economy will, at the very least, cause us all to think about our roles in micro-economic terms. Large logistical companies that can both empower long distance logistics and connect geographic manufacturing to consumption will hit at the heart of taxation, transportation, and the notions around what it means to be employed, and self employed. Think this is a far off notion? Not for Neil Gershenfeld: “The Third Digital Revolution”
And not according to SCHLAF’S NOTES
“The “uberification” of our economy signals a fundamental shift in the way that local services are discovered and fulfilled. In my research I’ve mapped more than 70 startups redefining the segments listed above. Since 2009, Venture Capitalists have poured more than $1.75B into these companies (excluding Groupon, Seamless and OpenTable) and I expect this will continue to grow.”
This will put pressure on the likes of Fedex and UPS also. But there is a catch!
“Wicked Witch of the West: But that’s not what’s worrying me. It’s how to do it. These things must be done delicately… or you hurt the spell.”
It’s a new world and it’s just beginning. Are you preparing yourself? More posts will come on why this trend is our future and how economic, climate, and resources is driving this change with technology empowering it, not creating it.