Connecting Businesses and CustomersDownload Our Proposal (v.June 2020)
OpenLocal is a software platform cooperative created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that provides businesses with a simple, cost-effective way to deliver their goods to local customers. OpenLocal maximizes benefit to three key community stakeholders—businesses, delivery people, and customers. Through partnerships with municipalities, community organizations, and BIAs, OpenLocal can set up swiftly set up instances of the platform to provide needed delivery services for any community.
Local retailers and restaurants that rely on foot traffic have seen a precipitous drop in revenue due to shelter-in-place and physical distancing restrictions. These restrictions will be a recurring fact of life over the next year. Rent support and other government programs to support workers are helping keep families housed and fed during this unprecedented time. There remains, however, an urgent need to support the local small business infrastructure, lest it close permanently and hollow out our communities.
The current delivery market is served by a range of private ordering and delivery services with a mixed bag of costly options; some take up to a 35% commission on each sale. This is not sustainable, nor fair. Local businesses like restaurants and retail shops now more than ever need a better, affordable way to get their goods to their customers.
The OpenLocal platform offers a simple and intuitive means for a customer to request home delivery or curbside pickup from any participating business. It’s designed to complement both low-tech phone orders and goods sold online through ubiquitous SMS messaging, or an optional smartphone app.
Our platform supports local businesses with affordable delivery, provides fair-wage opportunities for delivery people, and ensures that money continues to circulate locally, helping communities thrive.
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