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Vagabond's New 'Vīv Delivery' Empowers Operators With 'Last Mile' Fulfillment

Posted On: 3/8/2018

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Vagabond has released a targeted local commerce solution for convenience services operators and their accounts called Vīv Delivery.

Vīv Delivery's goal is to add new revenue streams while making operators the centerpiece of business in their local communities. Vīv Delivery is based on the premise that operators in the convenience services industry should provide comprehensive market, breakroom and catering services to accounts and take a slice of the dollars spent on all products consumed in the workplace.

Vīv Delivery allows consumers and businesses to order select items for delivery from their favorite local merchants while allowing merchants to offer product to consumers in an "extremely targeted" manner.

Operators can wholesale pre-ordered products from their warehouse or commissary and also work with local businesses such as restaurants and breweries to onboard their menu with Vīv allowing consumers to see what items are available. Just as with Vīv Vending and Vīv Markets, consumers only see what products are offered in their building and can choose from flexible payment options to purchase supplies, meals or drinks through a secure payment method.

With Vīv Delivery, Vagabond is also introducing Hybrid Markets, which the company is calling the next generation of micromarkets. Hybrid Markets fight theft and spoilage by allowing consumers to pre-order fresh foods to be picked up at their market or breakroom fridge. Operators can increase variety and reduce commissary costs by using Vīv to offer prepackaged meals from local restaurants and companies. In total, the Hybrid Market & Delivery concept powered by Vīv enables operators to take a piece of the revenue from all food consumed in the workplace – including what they do not deliver themselves.

Since 2017, Ballad Brewing in Danville, VA, has been using Vīv to fulfill orders of craft beer and merchandise to surrounding business accounts. "We gotta get the people their beer!" said Ballad Brewing business operations manager Tim Meyers. "Vīv helps us put it in the hands of those who otherwise wouldn't be by the brewery." Vagabond reconciles the accounts per pre-arranged revenue split arrangements between the merchant and the partner operator.

Operators can work with corporate caterers, bakeries, delis, restaurants and other product suppliers to fulfill orders through Vagabond's Vīv Commerce fulfillment platform. This, according to Vagabond, strengthens an operator's established relationships with accounts by incorporating other local businesses to provide services into that account. In addition to providing links in the local business community, operators also profit by making a percentage from every order processed through Vīv.

Vagabond's Vīv Commerce platform offers flexibility so members using Vīv Delivery can customize open hours, menus, pricing, minimum shopping cart requirements, delivery fees while targeting what they want to sell and where they want to sell it, which is usually in very small but densely populated buildings or neighborhoods, according to Vagabond.