In today’s world we’ve come to expect convenience as the norm. We don’t want to wait in lines, wait on hold, or just wait around. We want what we want and we want it now. There’s little question why consumers prefer to book online. This has lead to a huge increase in the number of goods and services that are available with a just a few clicks of the mouse.
1. Car Services
“Ride Share” services like Uber are changing the face of modern transportation. Gone are the days of calling for a taxi then waiting for it to show up. Today, using the Uber app, you can see where nearby cars are and exactly how long it will take for them to reach your location. Tap to reserve your ride and don’t worry about carrying cash, everything is paid for from the App. Every Uber driver has been background checked, insured, and rated by other Uber riders.
Another option? Lyft is the ride share service with the pink mustaches. Think of it as Uber’s more party-minded younger sibling. Riders are greeted with a fist bump and all fares are donation based.
2. Grocery Shopping
Almost 15 years ago, HomeGrocer.com burst onto the scene as the very first online grocery store. Perhaps a case of jumping into the market before it was ready, an IPO in early 2000 was followed by a buyout late 2000 and the company was gone by the middle of 2001. But now, not only is the market ready for online grocery stores, we’re STARVING for them! AmazonFresh has the power of Amazon behind their service along with hundreds of thousands of grocery items in addition to all the merchandise that Amazon.com has to offer. With free shipping on orders of $100+ your weekly trip to the grocery store could be a thing of the past. One last point, they deliver alcohol. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.
Another option? If just a 4-pack of toilet paper isn’t going to do for you, Costco.com will deliver their signature 36 rolls of TP right to your door but not eggs or milk.
It used to be, when you went out of town, you needed to beg your friends and neighbors to come over to your empty house once a day to feed and walk your lonely dog. Or you had to fork over big bucks for your canine best friend to stay in a steel cage at the vet’s office. Fun! Today, thanks to Seattle-area startup Rover.com, you can choose for your pup to stay at home or in the home of a certified, background-checked dogsitter. And you can book it online. While you’re away, you’ll get text and photo updates about how your pet’s staycation is going.
Another option? DogVacay.com does many of the same things as Rover.com but without the stay-at-home option.
4. Parties, Events, Activities + More
Planning a kids birthday party can be a serious drag. Trying to find the perfect summer camp, class or activity can be an even bigger drag. PlaceFull is changing the face of planning for parties, events, camps, and classes by making it easier, more convenient, and fun by offering online booking of all these scenarios.
For folks who own businesses that offer parties, events, camps, classes etc. PlaceFull can help them implement online booking on their website, Facebook page, and PlaceFull’s dynamic marketplace.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re shopping for new eyeglasses. That huge wall of frames speaks of 1,000s of options but, in reality, there are only a handful of frames that will work with your face shape, style, age, and other considerations. Websites like Seattle-based Rivet and Sway make the whole process so much easier by offering their whole catalogue of women’s frames online, divided up by face shape, face size, and color, You get to pick out three frames and they’ll be shipped, for FREE, to your house for you to try on at your leisure. Try different outfits with your sample glasses, different hairstyles, get the opinion of your neighbor. When you’ve settled on your style, send everything back to Rivet and Sway and let them know which you like. It’s so easy and convenient!
Another option? Warby Parker will send up to 5 pairs of frames (for women or men) to your home and give you five days to try before you buy.
Read about why consumers prefer to book online.
6. Personal Tasks
Sometimes it’s the little things that get in the way of life. Postmates will deliver anything lightning-fast, within the city. And with online booking of their service it’s never been so easy to get what you need. Craving for pie at 11:30 pm? They’ll get it for you. Need a box of tampons but can’t leave your office? No problem. Just settling in to watch Game of Thrones on DVD (so pirated) but the batteries in the remote are dead AND you’re out of microwave popcorn? They’ve got you covered.
Another option? Let sites like Taskrabbit connect you with eager, skilled folks who can help you take care of those tasks you either don’t want to do or don’t have the skill-set for. Picking up the dry cleaning, going grocery shopping, scooping the gutters, or building the dreaded IKEA furniture.
What else can you add to this list that you never thought you’d be booking online? We’d love to hear your suggestions!
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