Pieme focuses on connecting people to authentic home-cooked food and culture through food and events around the world.
Food sharing introduces a completely new component to the dining experience, socializing with strangers. To attend a shared meal, the guest must be interested in engaging in a conversation with new people, which is actually one barrier for food sites to gain users. Since this is not a consideration when deciding to dine out, meal sharing might nicely compliment the restaurant industry. Meal sharing also rewards people who cook at home to do so more frequently, as they are able to earn.
Looking at the impact of the shared economy organizations in parallel industries, reports show that Airbnb has over 150 million people using the platform globally, guests have booked over 900 million stays, 4 million hosts have listings on Airbnb with an evaluation of over $100 billion. As Airbnb’s market share increases, hotel revenues in the same markets are decreasing. Similarly, the taxi industry is locked in a battle to regulate ride-sharing companies such as Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber as they disrupt the industry. Thinking about the potential volume of meal sharing, the question is how it will impact urban food systems and the restaurant industry. Pieme is at the forefront of this new wave of the meal and event sharing economy
More interesting than the economic impacts of meal sharing is the potential it carries for urban food systems and communities. First, meal sharing creates time and space for people to connect offline in the most traditional way possible, over food. For guests who would otherwise be consistently eating out, eating home cooked food regularly means a lower intake of salt and fat, hence improving health. There are also implications for food waste and the ability to build more resilient communities through increased social connections.
Where meal sharing differs from other shared economy services is that it acts as a catalyst for community building, supporting common causes and sharing cultures. The potential for these platforms is only limited by the creativity of the meal sharing community.
Pieme is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and order authentic local food, online or from a mobile phone. The platform is becoming a leader in the new food and event Sharing Economy, a movement that will represent a significant part of the world’s future economic growth.