Here’s my second piece for The Week’s special report, The Future of Main Street. Link to the original story here.
The definition of a small business is drastically different than it was even 10 years ago. Pioneers built apps that helped their businesses run smoother, and gave customers a better experience. But apps are no longer just a component of a smart business — for many entrepreneurs, apps are the business.
And now, once again, the landscape is shifting from apps that help us connect with one another to apps that help us run errands and shop for essentials. Apps are replacing brick-and-mortar businesses. Here are a few such digital small business sectors that are really ready to explode.
1. Grocery delivery services, particularly alcohol
Apps like Instacart and Google Express pick up groceries for you and deliver them to your door. This type of service is drawing investors’ eyes and dollars. Delivery app Favor just received $13 million in Series A funding. And the same type of service is popping up across the world, like HappyFresh in Southeast Asia.
However, the next level in the evolution of grocery delivery is booze. Now, apps like Drizly, DrinkFly, Saucey, Thirstie, Klink, Minibar, etc. are flooding app stores. Customers use their smartphones to pay someone else to make the beer run and bring it to their doorstep.
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