Everything-as-a-service subscriptions are everywhere
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
It seems everything is available "as-a-service" in our current age. We can subscribe to lighting, software, cars, offices and much more.
Office-sharing services have been in operation for years, providing as needed space for organizations that don’t have the space for meetings or other business requirements; or for individuals who simply do not have a traditional office space to meet with clients or conduct a business from a physical location other than a café.
As-a-service subscriptions are on the rise primarily because technology is now capable of supporting a variety services, solutions and the ability to perform tasks from a range of locales with few barriers, and because individuals and businesses want what they want when they want it.
Additionally, such services are agile and require little more than a monthly fee and little commitment on the user’s behalf.
The following are a few of the most prominent subscription services currently available:
Companies like Craft Coffee provide coffee as a subscription. Many other options are available, including Counter Culture, Blue Bottle and Heart. A coffee subscription might keep your cupboards full at a cheaper price than retail outlets. Plus, delivery saves you a trip to the store.
Lighting-as-a-service is a service delivery model that allows lighting services to be charged on a subscription basis rather than via a one-time payment or the traditional manner of a facility or organization manually keeping up with equipment and paying the monthly bill.
The business model has become more common in commercial installations of LED lights, with the primary aim of reducing installation costs. In lighting, because of the movement to long-life LED products, no longer do you have to put up with lights that last only a few months then need replacing.
This one is perfect for anyone who enjoys having some greenery in the office, but lacks a green thumb. Companies like Ambius will bring in plants and make sure they stay healthy and green, just like you want them.
Its goal, according to its site is: "Keeping plant life looking their best requires deft skill and proven experience. Our office plant service experts have been trained to properly water, prune, feed, clean and dust your plants. Rest assured that your plants will look healthy, vibrant and beautiful — all day, every day. We pay meticulous attention to every detail to ensure that our customers can enjoy the many benefits office plants provide."
If you want a lively greenhouse throughout your office, a plant subscription might be the way to go.
Companies like Dropbox and Box are helpful when trying to have accessible files across teams. Gone are the days of filing cabinets. For a monthly fee, you can have space on the internet that make it easy to share and organize documents.
Public transportation use is increasing and rental bike services are on the rise. But cars, too, are en vogue for subscription users. Options like ZipCar can provide the car you need as you need it.
According to the company’s site: "Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network. We give you on-demand access to drive cars by the hour or the day in cities, airports, and campuses around the globe." There’s also Getaround.
For those looking for office spaces to fit their needs might find it easier than ever with companies like LiquidSpace and WeWork. These services can provide as little as a desk or office suite, or as much as an entire HQ, designed to create "environments that increase productivity, innovation, and collaboration."
With Swivelfly, you can get quality furniture for the duration of your lease at an affordable price that is always the current trends.
There are likely many more subscription services available for businesses just starting out or established brands needing extra juice in the arm. Whatever is missed here, feel free to let us know in the comments. The subscription-as-a-service economy may depend on it!
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