What’s mine is yours, for a fee
- Airbnb (rent a room or your house),
- Uber (provide rides),
- TaskRabbit (do chores for others), and
- Instacart (be a personal grocery shopper).
“Just as peer-to-peer businesses like eBay allow anyone to become a retailer, sharing sites let individuals act as an ad hoc taxi service, car-hire firm or boutique hotel as and when it suits them. Just go online or download an app. The model works for items that are expensive to buy and are widely owned by people who do not make full use of them. Bedrooms and cars are the most obvious examples, but you can also rent camping spaces in Sweden, fields in Australia and washing machines in France. As proponents of the sharing economy like to put it, access trumps ownership.”
Talking pointAfter sharing your own thoughts you can compare your answer with the one of the other learners. Do you think that the sharing economy in the next 20 years will:
- Grow and include new typologies of product and services
- Stay stable at current levels, without increasing its shares
- Reduce its importance because if the rise of new business models
Supply Chains in Practice: How Things Get to You
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