Innovative business model map

Alternative or innovative business models extend product life, conserve resources and prevent materials from becoming waste. Our map showcases the range of alternative business models available - many of them will be familiar to you.

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Map of Alternative Business Models
  • Providing a service system based on an existing product to extend lifetime and optimise performance.

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  • Long-term leasing of products to users with a linked service to extend life and optimise performance.

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  • Long-term leasing of products linked to mobile communications service.

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  • Conventional hire of a product for a short time - enables access to better products without full cost payment.

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  • Short-term rental of vehicles located at strategic points around major cities. Cheaper than car ownership for the users. Maximises asset utilisation.

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  • Made to order - Production is managed to minimise material requirements and avoid potential losses from over-stocking products.

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  • Incentivised return - Encourages customers to return used items for an agreed value. Customers gain value for unwanted items and recycle products via a convenient system. Collected products are refurbished and sold for re-use on appropriate markets.

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  • Incentivised return - Remanufacturing of engines for major plant to extend its lifetime. Cheaper than full engine replacement for customers and reduces quantity of materials required to keep an asset running.

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  • Asset Management - Collection, refurbishing and re-sale of used products. Reduces the quantity of raw materials required to meet the market need.

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  • Collection of used products to ensure they are passed on to an appropriate re-use system.

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  • Peer to Peer - Rental of products between members of the public or between businesses. Gains an income for the product owner and cheaper access to a product for the renter.

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  • Reducing consumption - Employer pays employee to buy a computer for use at work and at home, along with a support package. Reduces quantity of products required to meet market need, reducing number of work computers lost and improving employee motivation.

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  • Peer-to-peer - Online exchange of products between householders with feedback system. Reduces cost of clothing ownership, extends active life and provides users with access to a wide range of products.

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  • Long Life - Products are designed to have a long life time with durability, reducing consumption.

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  • Dematerialised services - Providing a service to provide product benefits where the 'physical' product does not exist at all at the point of use.

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Service system: Providing a service system based on an existing product to extend lifetime and optimise performance.

Dematerialised services - Providing a service to provide product benefits where the 'physical' product does not exist at all at the point of use.

Long-term leasing of products to users with a linked service to extend life and optimise performance.

Long-term leasing of products linked to mobile communications service.

Conventional hire of a product for a short time - enables access to better products without full cost payment.

Short-term rental of vehicles located at strategic points around major cities. Cheaper than car ownership for the users. Maximises asset utilisation.

Peer to Peer - Rental of products between members of the public or between businesses. Gains an income for the product owner and cheaper access to a product for the renter.

Incentivised return - Encourages customers to return used items for an agreed value. Customers gain value for unwanted items and recycle products via a convenient system. Collected products are refurbished and sold for re-use on appropriate markets.

Incentivised return - Remanufacturing of engines for major plant to extend its lifetime. Cheaper than full engine replacement for customers and reduces quantity of materials required to keep an asset running.

Asset Management - Collection, refurbishing and re-sale of used products. Reduces the quantity of raw materials required to meet the market need.

Collection of used products to ensure they are passed on to an appropriate re-use system.

Long Life - Products are designed to have a long life time with durability, reducing consumption.

Reducing consumption - Employer pays employee to buy a computer for use at work and at home, along with a support package. Reduces quantity of products required to meet market need, reducing number of work computers lost and improving employee motivation.

Closed loop recycling - Recovery of used product for recycling into new product. Reduces quantity of material required to meet the market need.

Peer-to-peer - Online exchange of products between householders with feedback system. Reduces cost of clothing ownership for users and allows access to a wide range of garments.

Made to order - Production is managed to minimise material requirements and avoid potential losses from over-stocking products.