House & Home (128)
Students with brains... and brawn
MijnStudent (my student) is a Dutch company started by former students, which delivers student helpers to do small house jobs (garden, assemble IKEA furniture or cleaning). They fill the gap between DIY and a professional service. And because it’s cheap, it’s a good and legal alternative to moonlighters.
Why it matters
How could brands take advantage of such need filling initiatives? What if Ikea sponsored the company and offered it as an added value service?
Ikea has always been a DIY furnishings destination. Recently though it has adapted to broaden its appeal. The latest campaign promotes the services of Lars, the Ikea Assembly Man, who will assemble your furniture for $40 an hour.
Asda have started a trial in their supermarkets, dispensing own brand fabric conditioner from a vending machine, which pumps the liquid from a large vat in the stockroom directly into a pouch. Customers are then encouraged to return and refill their empty pouches. The project will not only cut down the supermarket’s packaging cost, but also pass on a reduced cost to the customer. It costs £1.90 for the first pouch, and £1.50 for any refills. This compares with plastic bottles, which cost £2 for the same size.