The on-demand economy is replacing traditional business models faster than we anticipated. The services coupled with a couple of apps empower instant provisioning of goods and services.
What started as the fastest way to hail a taxi, Uberization has changed the way businesses perceive demand, provision the supply, and deliver. No doubt, Uberization has become the most talked about business term in the past few years and will remain so until, as Forbes like to put it, “Let’s Uberize The Entire Economy”.
With the emergence of startups like Instacart (grocery), Postmates (anything available locally), JustPark (parking), task rabbit (handyman) and Airbnb (hospitality), this indeed coming true.
Did you know? 42% or 86.5 Million Americans have used one of the on-demand services, a survey report about on-demand economy by Burson-Marsteller, the Aspen Institute and Time indicates.
No doubt investment has been pouring into these startups, trying to disrupt every traditional business model they could and bring it into the on-demand economy.
This may seem like an uphill battle with a business model that has been going strong for more than a few centuries, but with venture capitalist knocking the door of every startup that has “on-demand” attached to its business model.
We will discuss in brief about all the industries which are undergoing tremendous change due to on-demand economy.
Industries disrupted by on-demand economy
According to BIA/Kelsey, the total US transaction value (fees paid by consumers) of the on demand economy grew from $22 billion in 2015 to $34 billion last year and it’s expected to reach $57 billion by the end of this year. That’s more than 50% YoY growth.
The emergence of on-demand services across the globe has facilitated the growth of industry verticals and inspired enterprises to automate their services.
Most on-demand service providers provide their services on the customer’s location as in Uber and Lyft, many offer them device to device in the form of digital content as in the case of Hulu and Netflix.
1. Transportation and travel
Transportation sector owns the on-demand economy thanks to the likes of Uber and Airbnb. This is the sector where majority of the VC funding goes into.
Apparently, more than 75% of funding has gone into to just 5 “on-demand” startups and four of those are into Travel and transportation.
In fact, if we remove Uber and Airbnb from the picture, those big funding numbers will go dry and the whole on-demand economy will look like as if financially crunched, at least to a naysayer.
But you must look at the bigger picture, potential, what these two have achieved, look at them as an inspiration rather than a competitor, and project what an on-demand model, if executed perfectly, could do to your startup.
If your shoulders are already crushed with the pressure of competition against the like of Uber and Lyft, then remember China’s Didi Chuxing that beat the ride-hailing superpower in its own game.
This is not the first time, Uber is receiving heavy challenges from local competition. Look at Ola, the Indian competitor to Uber that is giving it the worst nightmares.
If you’re concerned about the investment that goes into setting up the IT infrastructure and associated apps, then we offer a readymade taxi solution that works much like Uber.
YelowTaxi, is an on-demand taxi app, that works on SaaS model and with a little customization and branding could be ready to control your entire fleet and bring it into the on-demand economy.
“Didi had formed a global anti-Uber alliance, which consisted of Uber’s competitors from different countries. As the ring leader of this alliance, it had invested $100 million in America’s Lyft and $20 million in India’s leading app aggregator service – Ola.” –Forbes
2. Food delivery
The last thing I want while driving home after a long, tiring day at work is to wait at a takeaway counter. In fact, I hate dining at restaurants too at times. I am too lazy a person to cook even on a Sunday.
That’s the reason why these are the apps I rely upon. They are reason of my dinner, lunch and even breakfast every day.
I am not alone. 2016 data from CGA Peach indicated that more than 50% Brits adult population or 28.6 million people have had a takeaway brought to their doorstep in the first half of 2016.
In addition, 1 in 5 Brits (19%) and 2 in 5 Brits (39%) order food delivery every week and month, respectively.
This is just the beginning. Food delivery market stands at €83 billion, or 1% of the entire food market and 4% of food sold through diners and restaurants.
The aggregators, which maintain the legacy of traditional delivery method, leveraging on the digital architecture, merely take orders from patrons and route them to restaurants. The restaurant handles the delivery itself.
On the other hand, the new-delivery players build their own logistics networks, offering delivery for restaurants.
Logistics support lets them cater to fine-dining restaurants that usually don’t provide home deliver as a service. The new-delivery players are compensated by charging both restaurant and customer for the service.
Managing and maintaining delivery vehicles and drivers is a costly affair, despite that thanks to high demand the new-delivery players attain EBITDA margins above 30%.
These new on-demand food delivery Players include startups that operate globally such as Deliveroo, Foodpanda and Foodora, which are continuing to capture new regions, attract a lot of investors’ attention, and rise in valuation and established PLCs: Just Eat and GrubHub.
In 2016, the online UK food and grocery market share was £10.5bn; it’ll be £17.6bn in 2021, an estimation from IGD suggest how food delivery market impacts the online space.
However, The UK and US aren’t the only markets where the new food delivery services are experiencing tremendous growth. Some of the unconventional markets where these services are growing at a greater pace are Korea, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
One industry which was in desperate need of on-demand Services was Healthcare. Earlier, the patients had to visit hospitals and wait in the never-ending queues to meet the doctor.
This sometimes proved to be crucial in case of emergency. Apart from that the Pharmacy would remain open only for limited hours.
With the introduction of on-demand services in Healthcare; it has single handedly dealt and resolved most of the issues. Now medicines are just a matter of few clicks away from the patient.
All you have to do is, click on your required medicine, pay for it, and you would get it on your doorsteps. Moreover, the app also allows you to book appointments with the doctor and to receive your medical reports.
There are apps which provide you with every medical requirement. Some of them are as below.
Doctor on demand
It won’t be wrong to say that Doctor on Demand is Uber of Healthcare vertical. This is a leading app when it comes to providing all healthcare services to the patients.
Doctor on Demand always maintains high quality of service which makes them number one healthcare service app.
This app connects 108000 doctors with the patients. This app offers patients to ask questions and book virtual appointment with doctors. HealthTap ensures 100% security and privacy when it comes to their service.
We can simply describe PillPack as an on-demand app for Pharmacy. This offers 24*7 service for the patients. They can buy their required medicines and pills at any time. Moreover, they also deliver the packages to patient’s doorsteps in minimum.
4. Professional services
Perhaps, the most versatile and broad sector which has undergone massive transformation due to on-demand economy is the professional services.
This sector probably has the maximum potential; moreover, it is very exciting & beneficial for the end users. I said it has maximum potential because it covers all the professional services such as,
- Pest Control
- Household work
- Baby Sitting
It also provides specialized services such as software programmers and designers.
This vertical is exciting as it offers a plethora of options for the consumers. They can hire professionals for all their household works or any work in general.
Similarly, it also offers all the professional with an employment opportunity. The variety of services available on such apps covers all the skilled professionals without leaving any of them.
Some of the major apps in this vertical are as below:
Handy is an app which is well-known for its wide range of services. It caters all the household professionals and the ones seeking their help. It offers services like household professionals, plumber, electrician etc.
It’s an On-demand mobile development team which provides software development to various companies. It takes care of everything from, management of team looking after development of On-demand software to Marketplace. It plays a vital role in bringing transparency to the process of selecting a team.
It is an online platform which offers all the household repair services. These services include: appliance repair, electrician, handyman, and many more. All these technicians undergo stringent screening and scrutiny before they are available for any service.
If there has to be sector which is born because of on-demand services then it is eCommerce. eCommerce had no existence before the on-demand services came into the scene unlike other verticals. The success of on-demand services and eCommerce goes hand in hand.
eCommerce is simply an answer to the question: What if we can sell and buy everything online? The “everything” here includes almost all that you can think of; from clothing, home appliances, accessories, home décor, etc.
On-demand eCommerce apps have empowered the users and retailers to buy and sell almost everything respectively.
The most renowned eCommerce on-demand services are as follows:
Amazon is the biggest behemoth in the eCommerce market. As its logo says it has everything from A to Z. Name it, whether it’s Clothing, Footwear, Accessories, Home Décor, Home Appliances, Books; everything is available and that too with a diversity of brands.
Amazon is spread across numerous countries with a separate website for each of them. It eases the management and increases the delivery speed.
Walmart is a massive chain of supermarkets, grocery stores, and discount department stores. It has slowly started to leave its footmarks in on-demand services. Walmart comprises a wide range of products and using on-demand services will result in increase in the total number of sales.
The home depot
The Home Depot is an old and well-known firm. It is basically a home-improvement supply retailer company. It adopted on-demand services quite early in 2000s which resulted in its massive growth. This step assisted the firm to maintain its legacy and popularity which has been there since its inception.
The on-demand services will continue to disrupt many industries apart from the usual ones. With advance technology coming to the play there would be a fierce competition of among the firms to provide service in as minimum time as possible and that too at an optimum quality.
On-demand Apps are the future for most of the traditional industries. So, if you looking to develop an on-demand app you must consult a mobile app development firm and check the cost of app development before moving any further. If the price is reasonable then you must proceed with the further procedure.