The Direct Initiative 1st International Caravan of Courage
April 29, 2021
On April 29, 2021, Local Driver Co-op and Direct Co-ops launched the first international Caravan of Courage #SaveMomAndPops. The Caravan was joined by drivers, including rideshare, taxi, limousine, delivery courier and truck drivers, as well as small business owners, hitting the streets in Toronto and San Francisco, calling on all drivers and small businesses to unite through the Direct Initiative to secure their future in the new economy. We’re grateful to the many of you that joined and supported our first, but definitely not last caravan, and look forward to growing and expanding our initiative and movement to other cities and countries in N. America and beyond.
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Who Are We?
Direct Global has developed a web-based marketplace platform (www.directcoops.com) that works with local business associations, co-ops, unions and others to connect local small and medium enterprises and enable them to aggregate orders for goods and services from local and national manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.
The Direct Initiative leverages the Direct Global platform to network and unite the buying power of the members of member-based associations and co-operatives who share common interests and believe in principles of fairness.
The theory behind this is to access far better procurement rates by utilizing group purchasing power, thereby allowing groups of smaller businesses access to the preferential rates large businesses can negotiate with suppliers. This fits into Direct Global’s wider business ideology – to create a sharing economy which creates a level playing field for both small and large businesses, encouraging small and local businesses to work together for a shared good.
Direct Global has co-created the Local Driver Federation Co-operative (Local Driver Co-op) for the transport of people and goods. Local Driver Co-op is a co-operative that is owned locally by the member drivers, who receive 90% of the ride fees. This allows us to not just save our riders and customers at least 20% versus Uber and Lyft, but to also pay our drivers more.
Direct Global has already established partnerships with some of the largest co-operatives, business associations and unions in N. America and has began to populate its marketplace platform for the last-mile delivery of food and products.
Direct Global is the Canadian strategic partner to the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and an ecommerce partner to NCBA-CLUSA (currently launching a pilot with the co-ops of Peru), America’s oldest co-operative association representing 1 in 3 Americans, an official partner of the United Nations under the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the exclusive ecommerce platform to the US Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce. It has been featured on Bloomberg-BNN, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider and received mention in “Everything for Everyone”, Nathan Schneider’s seminal text on the modern business co-operative movement.
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Our ride-hailing and food delivery apps will go live in each city as soon as we reach the minimum number of drivers in that respective area. In the meantime, please download our apps and register to enjoy free and immediate access to our platforms & services!
Local Driver Co-op
Our ride-hailing app that pays the drivers 90% of the ride fee and gives them ownership in the platform through a driver-owned co-operative in each city. The Local Driver Co-op app is coming soon to Android and iOS!
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In today’s rapidly evolving world, we will employ these self-driving vehicles to ensure the drivers of today are not left behind when automation becomes the new reality. By employing this new technology, the livelihood of millions of people will not be in question but rather, they will be able to prepare for the age of automation by upgrading their existing vehicles to self-driving cars.
(Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/torsten-kunert-aka-the-rideshare-professor-joins-local-driver-co-op-as-ceo-of-the-federation-where-drivers-receive-90-of-the-revenue-and-equity-2020-02-25) Feb 25, 2020 (Investing Alerts) — (Los Angeles,...