Magazine article Management Today

Cyber Shop Per

Magazine article Management Today

Cyber Shop Per

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Lets look on the positive side: we set out to spend a day eating at home off the internet, and we didn't starve. It wasn't all that easy, we didn't have the cheaper options we might have liked, and we did have to twang the plastic fairly hard, but we got there in the end. Four people had both lunch and dinner for about [pound]95 in total, and what we ate was better than the average takeaway and rather cheaper than a good restaurant -- if not quite as elegantly served.

In the morning, though, it hadn't looked good. Earlier in the week, the place had been full of internet sites promising to deliver everything from a smoked salmon bagel to a video nasty or a stick of chewing gum (provided you live in the capital). The next day they were gone, felled by the great dot.com funding crisis.

The site of urbanfetch.co.uk closed its doors with a plaintive message that said it had 'enjoyed serving you, London'. A click on koobuycity, a French-backed site with a neat logo of a giraffe in a deckchair, simply brought up a page that stated 'koobuycity is offline'. Kelkoocity.com, another one-hour delivery site, had sunk without trace -- its URL eliciting only my internet browser's generic 'page unavailable' message.

BagsOfTime.com had run out of time and offered a brief explanation about the 'downturn in sentiment from venture capital companies', plus a rather wan joke: B2C had gone down and now it was time for B2R (beach to recuperate]. Think of all those net entrepreneurs cooking up some new scheme with their feet up in Barbados.

A quick search for companies specialising in fast lunchtime food led us to some tempting menus in New York and downtown LA, but nothing in London -- except a list of places to phone, which turned out to be mostly high street pizza joints.

But that wasn't what this was about; so we ended up with Roomservice.com, which has arrangements with more than 50 central London restaurants to deliver you a decent meal within an hour. We decided on Italian rather than Greek, American, Chinese, Kosher, Japanese, Lebanese and the rest, and clicked more or less at random on Mimmo D'lschia in Chelsea. We placed our cyber-orders at 12. …

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