With the popularity and success of Uber, the mobile "on demand industry" is the new gold rush. Experiments into every thing imaginable is on the move. We can possibly call it UBER domination, Uberification or simply disruptive innovation. Either way, it is the what is on the horizon and the locksmith industry is not immune.
Everyone wants to develop the next best "app", but the UBER concept for me appears to be much more, it is a market place equalizer. The SOPL has advocated for a long time that flat rate predictable pricing for certain services is the solution to curbing scams and other pricing games used by bad folks. Utilizing a beacon location software that connects the consumer to the closest service provider presents several benefits.
I recently spend time with LockedOut founder Ray Wang, Dane Arpino formally of Alluring Logic, and Kohannah Soto Chief Director of Locksmith Operation. As I sat in their Park Ave. office here in New York City I was in awe of the sophistication of their operation. This was no boiler room operation and the technology in front of me was impressive. On the walls where flat screen TV's with maps of the United States, electronic pulses glowing every second like little paint balls exploding and graphs that looked like the stock exchange. Okay, I am impressed now show me the money! - They did.
Business Insider, Deputy Editor Alyson Shontell points out that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wants Uber to be an instant gratification service that gives people what the need, when they need it, whether that's a ride or some other delivery such as a delivery.
"Uber is building a digital mesh — a grid that goes over the cities. Once you have that grid running, in everyone's pockets, there is a lot of potential for what you can build as a platform. Uber is in the empire-building phase. There are things that are not designed for Uber, explains Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Source - Business Insider
Could this expand into the locksmith emergency services such as lockouts? Yes, it can and will.
It is all about the frequency of calls for a particular service and locksmiths providing lockouts appear to be prime candidate.
Tom Lynch, CRL