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Technology Access in the Midst of a Crisis

As the crisis began to unfold and an emergency order was issued, there was growing difficulty to communicate with many small businesses which did not have sufficient technology access like websites, Facebook pages or even business email addresses. As with many BIDs, having up to date communication list are difficult to maintain however, during this pandemic it has made it very difficult to relay up to minute details of... more »

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Facilities for Essential Services

Essential services staff (Clean Team, Public Safety Officers, social services outreach) have had difficulties with equipment storage and meal/break facilities during the COVID-19 shutdowns. Have other BIDs had similar challenges, and if so, how have you responded to provide temporary storage and staff facilities?
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Increase Storefront Vacancies

Due to the rise of on-line shopping, many New York City retail areas have been hit with an increase in vacancies. Many landlords have had to make concessions to keep their properties rented and several have had to deal with empty storefronts for the first time. This problem will only increase with the recent pandemic which will likely increase vacancies because many of the businesses will not be able to return. This will... more »

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Public Space Usage

Even as formal social-distancing restrictions ease up, maintaining distance will likely still be a concern for customers for months and even years to come. How can technology help grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers as well as bars and restaurants monitor density and control traffic in their space and ensure people feel comfortable shopping in person?
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Emergency Loosening of Outdoor Sales Restrictions for Retail

We need emergency loosening of Restricted Streets regs and street usage rules to allow outdoor sales not just restaurants but for brick and mortar retail as well. This is expansion of/inspired by kbenedetto's https://nyc.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Granting-emergency-sidewalk-cafe-permits/249586-47866. The proposal to waive cafe permit fees is a start and this would expand that to help areas like Church... more »
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How can local business join forces against eComm giants

Even before the pandemic, there was a rising demand for online order and speedy delivery for goods and services. Consumers often turn to "big box" services such as Amazon, who are able to provide an "everything store" experience that includes free and quick delivery. While people love to shop from their neighborhood businesses, the businesses are largely unable to provide the experience consumers have come to expect.... more »
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Love Your Local Community

Local businesses for years have struggled to compete with large competitors across industries. The current situation has re-kindled the solidarity of the community and the care for one another, your local. There's an opportunity for local businesses to re-connect with the local community. 'Love Your Local' was the first step, now we are suggestion the next phase - 'Love Your Local 2.0'.

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Whole Block Permitting / Shared Public Commerce Areas

NYC needs to stop thinking about minor adjustments to existing stoop line and sidewalk cafe styles and licensing.

We need creative and expansive use of shared public space for all kinds of commerce

Retail locations and building owners should be encouraged to collaborate across property lines and on public property. We should maximize shared stoop line areas for the entirety of a block, "around the corner" spots, and... more »
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how to get to customers outside of the city

We can no longer travel to visit customers. Our products are sold based on faith, trust and relationships. They are expensive (north of $80K more than not). Our salespeople cannot go to visit them anymore, and the tools of Zoom/Skype etc aren't enough to convince them. We are looking for ideas on how to create almost real-life simulations of our solar power systems so that we can at least provide visuals that almost as... more »
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Crisis Communication

Once non-essential businesses were closed by Executive Order from the Governor, effective communication with members became problematic immediately. Maintaining and updating membership database is always challenging as the nature of business activities such as changes in personnel, opening and closing of new businesses, development and more brings constant turnovers. Now that door-to-door was also not possible, this forced... more »

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Gauging the optimal time/conditions to reopen a small business

Aside from whatever measures are in place to protect employees and customers, businesses who have been closed due to the pandemic lockdown will inevitably have a lot to work through in order to reopen and stay open post-PAUSE. How, then, can technology companies help businesses make decisions around when to reopen?
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Reopening Challenges in COVID-19 Era

Once businesses are allowed to open in some fashion post-PAUSE, forms of social distancing, testing, contact tracing, temperature checks, and other safety measures be in place to protect public safety for potentially years until a vaccine is universally applied or herd immunity is acquired. Retail businesses, in addition to all buildings where the public enters, will need to have protocols/technology in place to maintain... more »

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Open Streets

To help our City's small businesses adapt and recover from the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial districts have been working on ideas to open streets for people to accommodate for overflow of individuals from open shops. Currently, streets cannot be open if a bus goes through the area. Many shopping corridors and boroughs have bus routes that do not allow for this to take place.
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Assuring customers of a sanitary and safe shopping environment

In addition to requiring masks, limiting customers in store and enforcing social-distancing, another challenge businesses face as they reopen is assuring customers their stores are safely sanitized. NYC & Company is working to provide that assurance with their "Stay Well" pledge, but – given the proliferation of tech solutions to monitor employee health and the cleanliness of the office environment – is there a tech solution... more »
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District-Wide Shopping Appointment Book

As shoppers are concerned about entering shops due to COVID, many retailers are creating private in-store shopping opportunities by appointment. While many retailers have their own scheduling programs to accommodate private shopping, it would be helpful to create a technology whereby retailers can upload their private in-store shopping availability, and clients can book those shopping slots across the district for a day... more »