Our retail shop had to close to the public when New Zealand went into Alert Level 4 on 26 March 2020. We thought we wouldn’t be able to operate at all for at least 4 weeks. But the rules kept changing about what was considered an essential service, and we soon found out that home deliveries were allowed for most foods, as long as they kept in line with the government recommendations (e.g. no contact payment and delivery).
We got to work and devised a home delivery service for Christchurch residents. The service proved so popular that available dates filled in within a day!
The next (big) job was to organise the delivery side of things – not an easy task!
Our friend Ken from Action Bicycle Club offered his help: he would do the deliveries closest to the bakery with his electric trike. Totally cool with us!
With our electric van and our cargo bike, we’d be able to do a few more, and the rest (further away places) would be taken care of by a courier company. This way we hope to supply fresh bread and pastries to our community in a way that doesn’t cost the earth.