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How Closetbox Is Using Location Tech to Disrupt the Self-Storage Industry

Stephanie Miles

How Closetbox Is Using Location Tech to Disrupt the Self-Storage Industry

The company uses excess capacity in the existing logistics network to pick up and deliver storage in real-time. When consumers order movers via Closetbox’s mobile app, the company finds the nearest moving trucks with available space, and customers’ items get picked up and stored at private storage warehouses right away.

7 Startups Vying to Become the Uber of Pot

Stephanie Miles

7 Startups Vying to Become the Uber of Pot

So-called “Uber for pot” startups are in high demand, not just among consumers but investors, as well. Marijuana-focused private equity firms and VC firms are diving in headfirst, paving the way for growth in the industry. Here are seven examples of on-demand cannabis vendors serving the market right now.

Yext Integrates With Uber as Local On-Demand Becomes More Ubiquitous

David Card

Yext Integrates With Uber as Local On-Demand Becomes More Ubiquitous

With the new integration, clients of Yext’s Location Cloud for listings and local site management can let their customers book an Uber ride to their store from a local website, app, or email campaign via a “Ride with Uber” button. Once the customer catches a ride, the business can show an offer or other information to the rider.

On-Demand Services and Apps Becoming Inevitable Tools for Reaching Customers

Joao-Pierre Ruth

On-Demand Services and Apps Becoming Inevitable Tools for Reaching Customers

Plenty of companies claim to be the “Uber of” their respective markets, but there is more to making it in this scene than just getting goods to customers fast. And not every company gets it right immediately; there is a steep learning curve for handling the logistics behind on-demand services.

10 Reasons That On-Demand Services Fail

Stephanie Miles

10 Reasons That On-Demand Services Fail

Hundreds of startups have flooded the market with “Uber for X” models in the past few years, but the landscape in 2016 is filled with just as many failures as successes. We asked some of those that have found success to map out the potential pitfalls that they and other have encountered along the way.

#SFSW16 VIDEO: How On-Demand Is Changing the Way Brick-and-Mortar Businesses Compete With Ecommerce

David Hirschman

#SFSW16 VIDEO: How On-Demand Is Changing the Way Brick-and-Mortar Businesses Compete With Ecommerce

While ecommerce companies have doubled down on taking their chunks out of the local pie, some on-demand services are trying to find ways to use their immediacy to help brick-and-mortar businesses fight back. At Street Fight Summit West earlier this month, a panel looked at this tension between ecommerce and brick-and-mortar.

Moving App Zootly Wants to Make Your Relocation On-Demand

Liz Taurasi

Moving App Zootly Wants to Make Your Relocation On-Demand

Launched in 2015, the on-demand moving app connects anyone who needs a mover or delivery with a professional mover in minutes. Whether it’s for moving a couch, a whole home or even getting some big purchases home from a day of shopping, the idea is that you can get a van or a truck and some movers when and where the need arises.

Dealmakers: On-Demand and Deep-Linking Companies Born Under a Lucky Star

Charity Huff

Dealmakers: On-Demand and Deep-Linking Companies Born Under a Lucky Star

Two areas in the industry I see creating genuine value are in-app search, or “deep linking,” and on-demand tech. In both cases, the value these two segments of our industry bring is in the efficiencies they create. In other words, where and how they reduce friction in consumer transactions is where we will see 2016 investment and M&A activity.

Street Fight’s Predictions for 2016: Part One

The Editors

Street Fight’s Predictions for 2016: Part One

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time again to look ahead to what we can expect in the hyperlocal space in 2016. We asked Street Fight staffers and weekly columnists what they thought would be the biggest story (or stories) in local in 2016. We’ll be running their outlooks in two installments, the first today and the second tomorrow.