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Digital Laundry Services

Lavanda is a London-Based Uber for Laundry

— February 23, 2015 — Tech
Lavanda is a new laundry on-demand service currently having launched in the Central London region with an aim to be the "Uber for laundry." The start-up will roll out native iOS and Android apps in the coming months, in addition to expanding the service to the rest of London and the entire United Kingdom.

Lavanda employs sustainable, eco-friendly practices and will be taking special requests, like starching cuffs and collars, through its bespoke service promise. Lavanda also boasts job-creation qualities, as the expansion will surely see a need for more local launderers to engage with the company, which even offers training and equipment.

Lavanda is likely an early example of digital services disrupting the traditional model by providing cost-efficient, tailored services that are automated through an app.

Trend Themes
1. On-demand Laundry Services - The trend is for businesses to blur the line between digital and traditional laundry services through cost-efficient and timely services that are automated by an app.
2. Sustainable and Eco-friendly Laundry - The trend is to provide eco-friendly laundry services that avoid the harsh chemicals found in traditional products.
3. Job Creation Through Laundry Services - There is a trend towards digital laundry businesses creating job opportunities by hiring local launderers who can engage with their services, thus contributing to their local economy and providing an excellent service.
Industry Implications
1. Digital Laundry Services - There is a disruptive innovation opportunity for companies in the digital laundry industry to provide sustainable, customized services that make use of innovations like laundry bags with QR codes to increase efficiency and convenience.
2. On-demand Home Cleaning Services - There is an opportunity for businesses to offer on-demand home cleaning services that integrate seamlessly with the digital laundry services ecosystem, providing additional convenience to customers.
3. Entrepreneurial Training - There is a disruptive innovation opportunity to train entrepreneurs who can offer bespoke laundry services tailored to customers' unique needs and preferences while maintaining sustainable practices.
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