Why the app economy wont touch your Christmas tree
You're listening to the spoken edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Why the app economy won't touch your Christmas tree by Owen Thomas from business? Welcome back to tech chronicle if you choose to deck your in box with gave verbiage make it this newsletter used Christmas tree there's not an app for that in a non demand world can't just push button and get a Christmas tree my fellow journalists. Kara Swisher joke is that San Francisco is assisted living for millennials though. This particular query came from a boomer colleague, it seems like some combination of just in time logistics gig workers and magical ELS ought to be able to just put a Christmas tree in your living room. And this is the crucial invasion here. Folks, take it away when you're done. It turns out there are plenty of services that will get you a Christmas tree Dali and on-demand moving service which operates in the bay area has a seventy five dollar tree special. Delivery included, though, a tree stand his extra lights and decorations though for that you're on your own. Or maybe task rabbit, which offers a variety of holiday services, including event, decorating and lighting installation. Balsam hill sells pre lit plug and play Christmas trees, but does not accept returns after December twenty fifth. So forget about sending it back. If you're feeling ecological friends of the urban forest will rent you a tree for ninety five dollars. But pick up and delivery our on you. Hello task grab it again plant, man dot com. Interior scape will deliver and pick up a live Christmas tree for two hundred dollars up. But it's strictly a phone or Email joint. So no online ordering. It's twenty eighteen somehow all of our instant gratification takes too long. Consumer needs have not been met by the internet. If that's not an argument for a long, boom. I don't know. What is what I suspect is keeping people away from this market is the burden of what's called, reverse, logistics. That is getting rid of stuff consumers no longer want returns and exchanges, but devil online retailers for simple items, like apparel electronic. Can you imagine the costs for a business of decking, your warehouse halls with artificial Christmas trees that are only used once a year? It's far easier to put the burden of storage or recycling on the customer wasteful, though. That may seem when I get a pitch for a Christmas, tree pickup and delivery service all top to this bubble until then enjoy the old fashioned burden of going out hauling home etry and lighting it up the old fashioned way. That's how Ramona lump terrier will be getting her tree at any rate. Please don't put an internet connected light. Switch on the thing. Owen? Thomas quote of the week. The best thing about participating about the future is no one ever checks. If you were right. New media veteran Elizabeth Oester on the internet history podcast coming up markets are closed Wednesday for the state funeral president George H W Bush what I'm reading Rebecca Shuman tries to figure out when the nineties actually ended long reads a ban on gas cars JD. Morris looks at one California legislator who's trying to win us off internal combustion San Francisco Chronicle without the work partnership of Jeff dean and Sanjay gigawatt. Google might never have become Google James summers. Writes, a New Yorker speaking of which San Jose approved Google's one hundred ten million dollar land deal for a huge downtown development in the early hours of Wednesday. Rowland Lee reports San Francisco Chronicle.