Heard about the Amazon drones, aka ‘Prime Air’? It’s the latest brainchild of gazillionaire Jeff Bezos, and we’re not sure if his drone-based on-demand delivery scheme is a stroke of genius, or a sign that the cheese has finally slid off the cracker down in Emerald City.
Perhaps as a reaction to the global economy, consumers were looking for a way to support their neighbours financially while purchasing the goods and services that they would purchase anyways. Such companies arose to fill a very specific niche with such firms as Uber and Airbnb providing rides and accommodations respectively.
So you might have heard of ParcelPal before but wondered, “How did they come up with it?” or maybe you haven’t, in this case, here’s our story. About a year ago the four of us were out having a few beers, talking business, bouncing ideas off one another and the conversation quickly turned to the rapid rise in popularity of on-demand services.
There’s been a monumental shift in consumer behaviour over the past decade, driven by the rapid rise of data-enabled mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Online shopping is quickly gaining widespread acceptance among Canadians, with Canada Post reporting that over three-quarters of all Canadian households made web-based purchases during 2014.
Consumers have embraced the concept of the on-demand economy, enjoying near-instant access to products and services in record numbers. On-demand media streaming services are providing an attractive alternative to traditional cable television and catching a flick at the local cinema, while marketplaces like Amazon, Esty and Ebay provide shoppers with 24/7 access to their favourite products at will.