Product-as-a-service has become more and more popular within the digital transformation process. It reduces the upfront costs for the client/customer, who pays only for the usage of the item. It means that if this item fails to work, the client/customer receives a new one without having to worry about all the logistics and financial consequences. For the manufacturer/retailer, it means responding better to the customer needs. If you were originally a manufacturer, it also involves establishing an infrastructure to manage the customer/client relationship. Moving to this business model will also have a serious impact on cash flow.
Well-known examples are:
- Coolblue (Belgium/the Netherlands/Germany)
Before you start
- Validate value proposition and business model canvasses
- Establish the type of customers interested in this service
How to start?
- Propose offer to selected group in order to test it
What are the key success factors?
- Maintaining a high usage of the product by either keeping subscription duration long or rotating the product as much and as quickly as possible between users.
How to cope with threats?
- Price comparison is too easy
- Provide extra services such as insurance, 24/7 helpline etc.
- Client/customer realizes buying is cheaper in the long run
- Provide extra services such as insurance
- Provide extra guarantees such as quickly replacement/quick recovery/24/7 assistance
- Make it possible to buy the product