Sharing Economy Archive

How to Make Use of the Gig Economy while Avoiding Worker Misclassification

At Mila, we spend a lot of time talking about the advantages of the gig economy. And operating in this new space can certainly have its advantages—lower overhead and quicker response times are chief among them—but it’s not all roses and lollipops. As on-demand companies from Uber to Airbnb have learned in courthouses around the world, there’s often a price to pay for being a …

On the Sharing Economy & Logistics – A Summary of DHL’s New Trend Report

Most everyone is an active member of the Sharing Economy. And this is a good thing. There are several advantages to this both for individuals and businesses, such as convenience and revenue, just to name a few. The Sharing Economy is the ecosystem of online transactions. People interact with it on a daily basis, whether to call a taxi via Uber, rent a film On-Demand, or make …

How the On-Demand Economy is growing up

When Apple released its iconic “There’s an App for that” Iphone 3G commercial in 2009, it seemed a bit hyperbolic. Eight years later, in the age of Uber, Seamless, and countless others, it seems that Apple’s big ideas have proved to be prescient. Though it took a while for the then-outlandish ideas to truly catch on, it’s apparent that we now live in an on-demand …

What is Crowdshipping?

We do more and more things on the internet every year. Each year it seems like a new process becomes electrified and automated. Email, phone calls, the list goes on. But until we invent teleportation or get really, really good at 3D printing, one thing will remain painfully, agonizingly locked in the material world: shipping. Yes, the reality of the world is that things still …

The Advent of the Gig Economy

Why suffer through the morning commute every day, when you could just stroll over to your favorite neighborhood café and work from your laptop? Why conform to a strict 9 to 5 routine, when you could keep a flexible schedule and work at your own convenience? These are just two of the questions that have given rise in recent years to what experts are calling …

How Crowd Service Helps Companies Cope with Growing Need for Tech Support

Home is where the smart is. For a growing number of people, home is starting to feel even safer with the advancement of smart-home technology. Nearly every part of the house can now be controlled, put on a schedule, and monitored remotely. Cameras, TV’s, heating and air conditioning, locks, entertainment devices, windows, doors, garages, and even lighting can be managed by our fingertips from many, …

How to Prevent Fraud in Online Communities

By now, pretty much everyone is comfortable doing business on the internet. We order pizza, buy books and gifts, plan vacations, and book hotels and flights and just about anything you can exchange for money. This is almost always undertaken without a second thought, but it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when buying stuff online seemed like a risky proposition, and young …

How to Successfully Implement Crowd Service

Crowd service, the sharing economy, the shareconomy—no matter what you decide to call it, it’s a hot topic these days. It seems like almost every week, you hear about a new startup that’s billing itself as “The Uber of” this or that thing. Their competencies run the gamut from restaurant delivery to chores to real estate and hotel rentals, but they all have one thing …

FT Sharing Economy Summit 2016

Mila.com CEO Christian Viatte Discusses How Corporates Are Using the Power of the Crowd to Improve Customer Service Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking at the FT Sharing Economy Summit 2016 in London where Mila.com had been invited to join the “Inclusion, Community, Collaboration – the New Corporate Image” panel, based on our business of helping corporates such as Swisscom, Vodafone Germany and …