No more tiresome packing chores. All you need is a friendly app on your favorite device, and off you go. Let’s just call it an online concierge service and, oh yes, you will need to pay. This payment will cover the costs of having your traveling wardrobe stored somewhere where you can just send a short text to let your packers know that you are ready to travel. Costs will vary across different service providers, but one example are the rates charged by one company, DUFL. It costs $99 per round trip, plus $9.95 a month for storage.
Instead of packing your own suitcase, travelers can rely on companies such as DUFL which started in 2015 and now has warehouses in three cities and 30 employees who clean, press and pack their customers’ clothes and toiletries for them. When a trip is approaching, customers use DUFL’s website or app to select items from their personal closet in DUFL’s cavernous warehouse. (Photographs of every piece of clothing are uploaded.). DUFL then launders or dry cleans the clothes and packs them in a way that reminds customers of a shopping spree. And not to worry, FedEx will deliver the bags to your home.
What a convenience and time saver for the busy business traveler! All it takes is the right wardrobe and a little expendable income.
I would have thought that being President (so-called) of the United States was a full-time job, but I have certainly underestimated the current resident of the White House. Maybe he will rename this residence if he stays around long enough, but he is not really there that often. And most of the “conflicts of interest” concerns that I worry about don’t seem to bother government ethics watchdogs in Washington or, if they do, I am not hearing that much about it. Let’s face it, he has enough children and a large business organization so that he can hide safely in the shadows, and never be seen as a business benefactor. It’s all in the branding and getting the shrewdest legal expertise. Land of the free and the brave!
So what does all this have to do with technology? Let’s just say that they have free wi-if in all the rooms. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, we can explore what this new business venture is really all about. Don’t worry, you probably won’t see the Donald’s name displayed in any prominent way, so let’s just wink and go our merry way. The Trump Organization calls this new budget-friendly hotel line, the American Idea. This new hotel chain is making its debut in Mississippi, where Republicanism reigns. What a concept! Here is some of the promotional jargon: “a new three-star hotel chain with a patriotic flair, echoing (his) campaign slogan about putting America first and reflecting the organization’s promise to enter into new deals only in the United States.” America Idea will feature artifacts of American culture in the hotels, such as an old Coca-Cola machine in the lobby or American-made sundries in the rooms. Make America Great Again.
The South will Rise Again!