Often big chains boast of ‘local delivery’, but of course they are not really local. The food often is from a central distribution house, hundreds of miles away. Did you know that some pears and apples sit in fridges, for up to a year after picking? Use real local indie suppliers, and have ‘farm to fork’ within days, sometimes within hours! If you deliver plants or flowers, know pet-toxic plants and houseplants to avoid recommending, due to many people being unaware.
- Foodstuff offers local food delivery from local indies in Cambridge and Bristol.
- Apply for a free license to set up a Totally Locally town. The site is also working with councils to set up local websites, so people can shop at lots of indie stores on one website. Read their book The Economics of Being Nice, which looks at how this grassroots campaign to shop local has grown to a worldwide movement, with no budget, marketing or sponsorship. It has flourished purely on word of mouth, from good people sharing ideas, so others may benefit. The book also is a guide to the Totally Locally town, with inspirational stories from people who have been able to take back their high streets from big chains.
- A good idea from the US is Postmates. The ‘Postmate’ receives an alert via app of someone wanting goods from shops, then earns a good income (and keeps all the tips) by fetching and delivering them by foot or bike. Many people earn a full-time income doing a nice job – exercise, fresh air, visiting local people and supporting indie shops.