The term “disruptor” describes companies that emerge with a business model or product that challenges the established players in the market. The service industry, in particular, has seen a ton of disruptors causing a major stir — successful businesses simply improving on existing models. Here are a four companies making a positive impact.
Appear Here is a marketplace for business owners looking for short-term retail locations. The idea is to seamlessly connect entrepreneurs, retailers, brands and designers with the available space. Launched in the UK in 2013, the company has since expanded to France and the U.S.
So far, Appear Here has been used by more than 80,000 brands. While its goal is to make it easier for startups and small businesses to get their product to the market, some of Appear Here’s users have included world-renowned corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Givenchy and Loewe.
Bellstar Hotels & Resorts
There are currently four resorts under the Bellstar Hotels & Resorts brand, all of which have been attracting positive reviews. Not only do they have four beautiful resorts, they also offer management representation to other hotels. Unlike the traditional hotel management model, Bellstar offers a unique alternative management solution to owners of independent hotel properties and condo-hotels.
The Grande Rockies Resort is close to downtown Canmore, a quick drive from Silvertip Golf Course and just half an hour from Sunshine Village. Guests can relax next to the fireplace and enjoy a great view of the mountains. The Solara Resort & Spa has an unforgettable on-site hot tub and spa and each room has a balcony. The Beach Club Resort in Parksville is right on the beach and has a cozy oceanfront restaurant. Kicking Horse Lodging offers a selection of differnt lodges at one of the top ski destinations in the Canadian Rockies.
Instead of shopping for groceries on your own or scouring for new recipes, Plated saves you the hassle by delivering fresh meal ingredients right to your doorstep. It’s a subscription service that’s affordable and customizable. All you need to do is visit Plated.com, sign up, provide your ZIP code and state any dietary restrictions you might have.
Plated has greater flexibility than other meal delivery services. The days your food will be delivered is dependent on your area of residence and the type of subscription you sign up for. You have the option of receiving meal ingredients 2, 3 or 4 times a week. If you prefer not to go with the weekly subscription, you can always order a la carte.
Think online payment systems and the first thing that will come to many people’s minds is PayPal. With about 200 million users, PayPal has dominated the competition. There is a growing list of potential challengers though — one of them being Payoneer, a payment processing technology that facilitates online commerce by connecting professionals and businesses across currencies and countries.
Payoneer counts Google, Amazon and Airbnb among its clients. Since it was founded in 2005, the company has made inroads in countries where PayPal was unavailable. It is however now taking a more aggressive approach in developed markets.
The above companies offer compelling products that could in future make them formidable players in their space.
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