Apps for the On-Demand EconomyOctober 10th, 2012 | Posted by in Life-Changing Apps
The world demands satisfaction. And it often isn’t willing to wait.
As the pace of everyday life picks up over time, our tolerance for waiting dramatically decreases. With the way our society evolves thanks to faster and faster broadband speeds and an exploding mobile ecosystem, we now find ourselves in the midst of a truly on-demand economy. When we want something, we want it now. And since we’re used to receiving it immediately, we’re starting to get frustrated when that something arrives any later than, well, right now.
With a growing number of people living in such an intense rush every day, developers have taken notice and started crafting apps for the user who doesn’t just want something quick, but expects it. Whether you want to get from point A to point B, are craving a home cooked meal, or need help moving furniture into your apartment, believe it or not, there are apps to help. We’ve come across a few such apps ourselves, and thought we’d share them with you. They might just change your life.
Ever needed to pick up dry cleaning, buy a present for your mom’s birthday, and assemble your IKEA bookshelf all in the same afternoon, but with no way to take care of it yourself? Well since Siri and other virtual assistants can’t actually help you with physical tasks, Exec is the right place to look. Simply type what you’d like done into the app, such as “pick up my groceries,” and Exec will find you a nearby assistant to help.
Yes. This actually exists. Once the task is approved, the assistant will call you to receive specific directions. Your card is charged only when the task is complete, at a rate of $25/hour for the assistant’s time. The company is young and currently only operates in San Francisco, but similar services like TaskRabbit are available all over the country.
Say it’s been a couple weeks since you had an Exec assistant pick up groceries for you and you need something new to eat. You’re sick of all the restaurants in your neighborhood and even if you had groceries, you know you won’t have time to cook something fancy when you get home. But instead of throwing another TV dinner into the microwave, whip out your smartphone and download Munchery. The app allows users to purchase meals cooked fresh daily by a team of personal chefs. Better yet, the meals can be delivered right to your doorstep. Menus change daily, and each meal includes a detailed description of the ingredients used, as well as a profile of the chef who prepared it. The app currently delivers only to addresses in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they promise the service will be available in many cities across the US soon!
You’re out on the town, having a fun night with your friends, and it’s way too late to use public transit to get home. What can you do to fix this problem—right now? Instead of panicking and bringing down the group mood, download Hotel Tonight, choose your city, and the app will immediately find vacancies in hotels near you. Each option provides you with pictures, a description of the hotel, and its location on a map so you can make your way there as quickly as possible. The night is saved!
So if you’re the type who wishes your dry cleaning was done, your dinner for later taken care of, and a place to crash tonight locked up all by the time you finished reading this post, then check out the above apps. They’ll do the trick.