Technology is a fickle thing.
It moves quickly and if you don't jump over the hurdle then you will get left behind.
Over the years it's been evident that technology has changed the way we consume goods and services, such as watching television (through streaming), browsing the internet (through devices in our pockets) and even grocery shopping (through automated checkouts).
On Friday, it was Launceston's turn to be in the technological spotlight, with rideshare app service Uber announcing it was taking steps to launch Uber Eats.
Head of New Zealand and regional Australia operations Elisa Janiec said the company, which offers an alternative to traditional taxi services, and is run through a mobile phone app, was excited to be launching Uber Eats in Launceston.
She said it offered real benefit to the many restaurants and eateries in the city.
"The real benefit for restaurants that want to partner with us [Uber Eats] is we have the opportunity to unlock thousands of new customers, extend opening hours and for restaurants to experiment with new food offerings," Ms Janiec said.
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While those things may sound like great options for the consumer, a measure of caution must also be heard for the restaurateurs and eateries who will be most impacted by this development.
Hospitality is an industry that is crying out for skilled workers but it is also experiencing a shortage because of the tough and demanding hours and conditions employees face.
The loss of penalty rates on weekends has also reared its ugly head on more than one occasion for those in the hospitality industry. Uber Eats may end up being a positive thing, and it may provide an alternative route to enjoying your favourite Launceston cuisine but it should not be at the expense of the existing industry.
It's too early to tell yet how it may play out, but these things are always worth considering and keeping in mind.
All eyes will be on Uber and how it manages this transition to ensure its new offering is equitable on both sides of the industry and consumer coin.