When you’re a company that’s been around as long as Yahoo, there are lots of fun things that you stumble across. This year, we found a huge list of domain names that the company has owned for quite some time.
As we discussed what to do with them, it became obvious that it was time to set them…
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That is impressive!
I was going through my normal coffee routine today and I started thinking about the downtime at airports and how much is actually wasted time. People spend time on their phones and tablets, gaming or social networking or web browsing. Not that some of this is genuinely wasted time, but I know we can all admit that we gravitate toward these things when we are in the airport or any other general “hurry up and wait” scenario. Just checked the news the prior hour, or beat the last level of the game 10x over, and that last facebook update from Aunt Celia at the resort in Mexico was just well…painfully upsetting to say the least.
So, what can become of this down time at the airport to make it a little more productive? Can we improve a part of our lives by making a step toward inner organization and outward consumerism? Of course we can:
Bring on the shopping cart, grocery style. Shop on the app and pick up when you get to the parking garage or taxi area at your destination. There are plenty of people who are visiting a new city for business or leisure who don’t want to venture out to the nearest unfamiliar grocery store to find their items. They want convenience and the ability to have the items dropped into their rental car (or taxi) when they finally make it to where they are going.
Imagine families who are going to a vacation house at the beach or the mountains, or business travelers staying for a week who don’t want to lug their secret guilty pleasure snacks on the plane. How about those with food allergies? Ever tried to find gluten-free cookies at the local convenience store? Ha! Not so easy. Like a particular kind of cream in your coffee at the hotel you are staying at? Normally you have the choice of the one left in the hotel room last week or the one from last year. No longer.
This type of process will even work for those returning to their home airports. We all know the last thing a working mom or dad wants to do is pick up the milk or eggs from the store after a long (and sometimes delayed) trip. A long line at the local super-center is going to be the breaking point.
Sure, I know there are already localized grocery stores who do delivery, but who needs the hassle of signing up for an account (and researching availability) for every city they visit? Not to mention, you don’t know with 100 percent certainty what time you are going to be landing, that could be after those stores are closed.
I can see a future with this as a service. The question will be: who is going to implement it first? Maybe even Lyft or Uber will make it a premium service? One can only hope - because there is a long grocery line somewhere right now that is experiencing 3 price checks and 50 coupons (and an out-of-state check.) Ugh!
Photo courtesy of Elaine Ashton