Hands free model signals future of Airbnb

As the sharing economy permeates further into our daily lives – whether it be Uber, Deliveroo, Car next door or a growing list of others – a spate of new companies are emerging to feed off the extraordinary growth in these disruptive new online platforms. Airbnb has proven to be one of the fastest growing…

Dealing with ‘neighbours from hell’

Engagement with neighbours in apartment buildings can be a tricky, fraught business, and while it can be tempting to keep to yourself, diplomatic and respectful engagement is generally better than no engagement at all. That’s why after purchasing my first apartment in 2014 – a 1920s’ art deco block in St Kilda – I wanted to let my neighbours know personally…

Amazon’s checkout-free move sounds warning on jobs

In a prescient indicator of the future of retail, Amazon this week opened its first Amazon Go store in its home town of Seattle, an 167-square-metre grocery store that requires no checkout lines – not even self-checkout. Instead, customers can just grab whatever items they want and leave the store – the order gets logged through…

Hey Apple, hands off Fed Square

The news that Federation Square will be the likely new home for an Apple megastore should be a wake-up call to Melburnians to protect one of our city’s most loved and frequented public squares and cultural precincts before its character is irrevocably changed. Apple is believed to be in the final stages of lengthy and secretive negotiations with…