Small businesses helping small businesses persevere
In this time of crisis while people are unable to leave their homes, rideOS wants to help community businesses weather this storm and safely deliver food and other goods to those complying with the California Shelter in Place rules.
Next week, we’re starting a 3-month pilot program called Adapt Delivery to provide delivery services for local businesses through a communal pool of drivers. This is a completely free alternative to delivery platforms that take up to 30% cut of each order, and it will hopefully allow businesses to retain/compensate their employees during these hard times. Small businesses will get access to a rideOS-provided website to input orders. rideOS’ software will batch orders to customers close to each other together, and have the closest driver come pick up the orders when they’re ready. We also ask all businesses in the pilot, if they are able, to provide at least one driver to the community pool. This is a way for you to support your employees and helps build a crowdsourced, community-oriented pool of drivers that help a variety of local businesses.
If you are interested in delivering your goods and/or providing drivers for the program, fill out this form. Restaurants, bakeries, cafes, pharmacies, grocers, wholesalers, etc. are all welcome to participate!
How it works
You will need to let your customers know that you’re taking orders over email or phone. Once your business has received an order, you input it into the free, rideOS-provided website. You’ll need to include the order’s pickup location (ex: your place of business), delivery location (ex: the customer’s address), and delivery instructions from the customer (ex: “Enter #1234 on the callbox to get into the building”). That order will be sent to the closest driver, who will pick up the order and deliver it to the customer as quickly as possible.
If you’re a small business in San Francisco interested in participating, please fill out this form to let us know. Restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc, are all welcome! We’ll be in touch about next steps within the week.