This article on the US Chamber’s website has great ideas. Below, I’ve copied and pasted the one related to bulk ordering/delivery. In a quick search, I was not able to find additional information on this practice or specific examples. Regardless, I see this idea of community bulk ordering as an inspiring consumer-driven model that businesses could consider building for.
From the article:
Fawkes also foresees a new embrace of community at the local level, enabled by new digital tools, such as communal bulk buying online.
***They communicate over chat platforms and then one of them buys the products. In China, people are doing this to buy their apartment block’s weekly shopping: Residents scan a QR code, join a WeChat group and post a list of what they have run out of.***
Contactless solutions may increasingly replace what used to be high-touch activities, such as concerts or fitness, as well as in-demand human tasks like shipping and delivery.
A lot of these ideas have been circulating for a while now, but PSFK researchers think that this crisis is going to bring them into the mainstream. Sometimes the way we always did things needs to change, so we move on to different tools, means and formats—and then once again, we will meet up with each other and still laugh and play, eat and dance.