Beam has launched a free delivery option for electric scooters for Christchurch businesses
Beam, an electric scooter company, is offering free shipping options to Christchurch businesses to support home delivery.The Beam Shuttle program, which launched Tuesday, is suitable for local restaurants, cafes and specialty grocery stores that need to update options to deliver products at alert level 3.
Hundreds of companies have been preparing for a flood of online orders for contactless pick-up or delivery as the country withdraws from level 4 services next week.
"Hundreds of restaurants have been deeply affected by COVID-19, and now is the time to do everything we can to support them," said Beam operations manager Frederick Conquer.
"We will rent our electric scooters for free to help the restaurant get up as soon as possible."
Store partners will be able to pick up electric scooters from Beam's central warehouse, where training, helmets and charging accessories will be provided free of charge.
The Maharaja Indian Restaurant in Papanui was the first to sign on.
"This will enable our business to adapt to level 3 conditions, redeploy staff and put food in the hands of customers," says restaurant owner Rajiv Biala.
The program, also launched this week in Oakland, will gradually offer electric scooters and support.
The refusal to lower its commission rates comes after Uber Eats, a food delivery giant that charges 30 to 35 percent on all orders, has left many business owners losing money on the service.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this week called on New Zealanders to shop or eat at tier 3 to support local businesses -- to see if they offer direct delivery services.