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Hi everyone,

We are a group of startup enthusiasts and we are evaluating various online concepts / ideas that already exist in other countries but not still in Switzerland.

Since this is an international forum, would you share some businesses /services that exist in your home country and that you would love to see them in Switzerland? If we have some good ideas, it would allow us to evaluate them and together with our investors to see which one might have a real potential.

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Also maybe something that exists in French and/or German which you would like to see it in English as well...

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Re: Do you miss any businesses / services from your country?

Sometimes a business that works in one market will not work in another. Volumn, availability of materials, etc.
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Well, I'll tell you one: Rug Doctor

http://www.rugdoctor.com/

Yes, there are similar things in CH (like in Coop, Hornbach, etc). But far less effective than this particular beast. Maybe there isn't a market as the Swiss are supposed to be squeaky clean but my experience was somewhat different.

Otherwise, there is definitely a market for providing any service or product at a price that is halfway decent
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Specialist alloy wheel refurbishers.

Edit: Just realised you're looking for online options, so I guess not.
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Well, I'll tell you one: Rug Doctor

http://www.rugdoctor.com/

Yes, there are similar things in CH (like in Coop, Hornbach, etc). But far less effective than this particular beast. Maybe there isn't a market as the Swiss are supposed to be squeaky clean but my experience was somewhat different.

Otherwise, there is definitely a market for providing any service or product at a price that is halfway decent
I dont believe this is so uncommon here. I live in a small village, and the local shop rents these out for a better rug clean.
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Hi everyone,

We are a group of startup enthusiasts and we are evaluating various online concepts / ideas that already exist in other countries but not still in Switzerland.
If it's online, frankly it doesn't matter what country it originally comes from, does it?

I use online services and order stuff from all over the place.

Off-line stuff is probably more relevant (as the other posters have suggested).
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Re: Do you miss any businesses / services from your country?

There are many online business I miss...

But I am hesitant to use many online businesses here due to the lack of consumer protection (compared to my home country) and general dissatisfaction with customer service norms in Switzerland.

I shop almost exclusively online, and happily pay overseas shipping and duties in order to shop with retailers I trust. The few Switzerland based retailers I shop online with are those with whom I first had a 'bricks and mortar' relationship.

So whatever you choose to bring in - think about the level of customer service you can offer (there's a whole thread somewhere on EF on returns policies of Swiss oneline retailers that might be of interest to you) and how you can go about building consumer trust. This in itself could give you a competitive advantage.
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If it's online, frankly it doesn't matter what country it originally comes from, does it?

I use online services and order stuff from all over the place.

Off-line stuff is probably more relevant (as the other posters have suggested).
Absolutely agree.

Seeing as how I do everything online in English I already access websites from my home country and other English-speaking countries, and I'm sure everyone else here is originally from elsewhere does the same.

It's the stuff I can't get here that is more of an issue, or the ease of use of businesses here that don't fit the same model as the ones I'm used to. Or language issues etc etc
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I dont believe this is so uncommon here. I live in a small village, and the local shop rents these out for a better rug clean.
You mean the Rug Doctor machine or something else? I've seen plenty of other options such as Tuba Clean around shops, farmarcies, etc but they don't really compare with the RugDoctor in terms of the actual results. Particularly for fitted carpets - although these are not as popular as in other countries I think...
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Re: Do you miss any businesses / services from your country?

Wow! Got a lot of responses, thanks a lot guys!

I understand that's is all about the quality of service but since my area of speciality is on e-marketing and e-solutions, we are mainly focusing on an online service. This is what the investors want also...

Let me try to rephrase the initial question so that we can get some more ideas.

It doesn't necessarily have to be something from abroad. It could be a service that might not be "Swiss made" but an improved version or localised (Swiss) version of it.

Take ricardo.ch. I mean by no means it can compete with Ebay, but in Switzerland it is the number 10 visited website, whereas Ebay is number 38.


So my question is: An online service / website, that you would like to see maybe improved, or solving a specific problem (for the Swiss market)....

Thanks alot for the good comments btw!
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I think what I miss the most is the almost 24 hour delivery of many restaurants...then again it helps with the diet
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One suggestion was a service that will help smaller companies with their IT and e-commerce infrastructure and apply best and most effective practices. Could also be applied for home users (e.g. helping them with their IT stuff, routers, etc etc.)
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Probably not so relevant - but I do not like the business who 'do not deal with private people'. So often we have found the item we are looking for, the one single company in CH who provides said item. Only to be thwarted on the phone with "Sorry, you are a private person. Go away, we have no need for your money." (In other words, please order through your störenbauer/elektriker/plumber/builder, who will then add 35% markup)

I can only assume it's an accounting issue that they don't want to deal with. But surely, if I had such a business, then perhaps I would appreciate anybody with money who wanted to buy my product(s); private or business.

Similarly, I know a friend who wanted to install electric motors in his jalousies; the company would not supply them. They would only provide them as part of the 'service' (i.e. the company installs them). This was, of course, astronomically expensive, so he didn't do it, and the company lost a potential sale. In light of this, we did the same with our jalousies, but we ordered the kit from Germany; it was the only way to get the product without the obligatory "service function"..
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Probably not so relevant - but I do not like the business who 'do not deal with private people'. So often we have found the item we are looking for, the one single company in CH who provides said item. Only to be thwarted on the phone with "Sorry, you are a private person. Go away, we have no need for your money." (In other words, please order through your störenbauer/elektriker/plumber/builder, who will then add 35% markup)
But that's because people here feel they couldn't possibly have the skills to do anything themselves.
I'm not sure the demand for some of these things is big enough from the few capable Swiss and ex-pats.

Additionally, some of these products do need to be fitted correctly other wise they won't work or will break prematurely.
The manufacturers often run courses that the fitters have to attend before they will be allowed to sell the products.

It is annoying though.

At least places like Hornbach for DIY and Ikea for kitchens have stepped in to help fill the void.
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I do not like the business who 'do not deal with private people'.
Easy to get around by ordering through work.

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So my question is: An online service / website, that you would like to see maybe improved, or solving a specific problem (for the Swiss market)....
amazon.ch

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One suggestion was a service that will help smaller companies with their IT and e-commerce infrastructure and apply best and most effective practices.
What like this one? http://www.cloudbusinesspark.com/
Perhaps it's not quite what you were thinking of, but instead of 'helping' a business with their IT and Business strategy they're able to provide a complete service tailored to the individual customer. Read the website for more.

(Rider - my wife's a part of this enterprise, so I'm not entirely disinterested).
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What like this one? http://www.cloudbusinesspark.com/
Perhaps it's not quite what you were thinking of, but instead of 'helping' a business with their IT and Business strategy they're able to provide a complete service tailored to the individual customer. Read the website for more.

(Rider - my wife's a part of this enterprise, so I'm not entirely disinterested).
The link you shared is interesting, however would you know whether they are successful or not for the Swiss market?

Complete service to the individual customer, would normally be a one package for all as per the website you mentioned. Not a bad idea...
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Re: Do you miss any businesses / services from your country?

What about this? Would you use it if in Switzerland?

https://www.fancyhands.com
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