Sharing Economy

AirBnB reshapes travel accommodation but at what price?

Along with Uber AirBnB is the most famous of the “sharing” economy companies. It allows anyone to rent out their house or spare room on a short term basis. The initial idea was for homeowners to  earn a few extra pounds or dollars and make use of spare and underutilised capacity, but the phenomenal growth of AirBnB has created a less than sustainable sub-economy.

Avis and ZipCar take city car sharing mainstream

Avis acquired car-sharing service Zipcar for $500 million in 2013 - a savvy move to protect its overall business in the event that car sharing makes a significant dent in the car rental economy. With an increased amount of capital and know how behind it, Zipcar is set to expand into new countries and markets, spreading the philosophy of sharing over ownership as it grows.

BlaBlaCar goes far beyond city auto sharing

Driving is so convenient that it’s no surprise most of the world would prefer to travel by car. Increasingly though people are coming to terms with the environmental cost of their attachment to the auto, and they are seeking out greener, more cost-effective ways to get around.

BMW encourage DriveNow car sharing

BMW teamed up with Sixt back in 2011 to create DriveNow, a car-sharing service for Berlin and Munich, with three more cities in Germany added through 2012 and 2013.

Can Uber overcome its sustainability problem?

No other Sharing Economy startup has come close to generating the publicity Uber has achieved.

Eat With employs good taste to sustain local culture and economy

Eat With is a culinary sharing economy service that matches travelers looking for good food and local culture with trained chefs and talented home chefs in cities around the world.

Elance-oDesk connects human capital globally

Elance-oDesk allows freelancers to connect with potential contract employers worldwide. The membership platform claims to have 9.3 million freelancers and 3.7 million businesses on the platform.

Ford turns to Techshop to boost employee sustainability and innovation

Techshop is a resource-pooling enterprise for prospective inventors and makers that lets them use industrial tools and equipment to design and create their own creative and entrepreneurial projects. Users get access to the tools through a chain of workshops across the US.

Fresh Necks offers sharing with style

The sharing economy may not seem like it is destined to break into the realm of high end menswear, but Fresh Neck could revolutionise how men consume fashion.

Ikea's second hand sale success

As part of an eight-week ad campaign, IKEA created a virtual flea market for its used furniture in Norway. Ads were created for each piece of furniture and incorporated the seller’s contact details so individuals could arrange the sales independently. IKEA’s own furniture sales figures during this time still somehow managed to increase. 

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