Shift partners with businesses to simplify their Vancouver deliveries. We also offer mobile eye-catching advertising on the panels of our trikes.
If you're interested in learning more, we would love to hear from you!
Here's what we can do for you.
Shift takes care of your deliveries with our unique cargo tricycles.
Fast & Reliable- With access to bike lanes and the ability to park and unload virtually anywhere, our trikes can bypass congestion and ensure timely delivery.
Exceptional Service- At Shift, every employee has the opportunity to share ownership in the business. As owners, we take personal care with each package and offer exceptional service to you and your customers.
Take a Load Off- We manage the hassle of coordinating deliveries, so you and your team can focus on what you do best.
Our trikes can haul a substantial capacity - up to 75 cubic feet and 500lbs, or about the same load as a mid-size SUV. We can deliver a diverse range of products including office supplies, produce, clothing, baked goods, meats, electronics, and much more.
Want more information? You can reach Ben at email@example.com
Advertising & Promotions
Our unique and eye-catching trikes offer the ideal platform for well targeted advertising and promotional campaigns. We reach audiences throughout downtown and the surrounding neighbourhoods, and can park easily in high traffic areas. We operate in the busy downtown core seven days a week, with frequent exposure to many of the busiest shopping streets, tourist desinations, and business districts.
What we offer:
Mobile Advertising- Trike panel display during our regular delivery runs in Downtown Vancouver. We offer campaigns between four weeks and six months, with pricing comparable to bus shelter ads.
Full Service Promotions- We adapt our trike fleet and train our staff to actively promote your product or brand to the target audience of your choice.
Special Event Partnerships- Get noticed at public events with Shift tricycles! Our trikes can help with event logistics and we also offer promotional services at special events.
Interested in booking an advertising or promotional campaign with us? You can find out more by contacting Devan McClelland, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to...
Transforming the delivery industry and strengthening the local economy.
We are committed to nurturing relationships with our clients and their customers at every opportunity.
We offer delivery clients the opportunity to focus on their core business and let us handle the hassle of delivery logistics in the congested core.
Our trikes bring unique and focused attention to the products and brands of our advertising & promotional clients.
We improve the urban environment by replacing noisy, polluting trucks with quiet, low-impact trikes and friendly trikers.
Our trikes use pedal power and an ultra-efficient electric assist motor. We generate zero tailpipe emissions and each trike uses less electricity in a year than a typical household dryer.
In our first four years of operations, we have:
- Made over 72,500 deliveries
- Travelled over 63,000 kilometers
- Prevented over 25,000kg of harmful CO2 pollution
- Transported over 400 tonnes of goods for our clients
We are structured as a worker co-operative, which means that our staff democratically own and operate Shift together.
We offer meaningful and empowering work with professional and personal development opportunities.
We are proud advocates of the co-op business model. Whether you wish to join our team or start your own co-op, we would love to chat with you!
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Nice to meet you!
Shift was founded by a group of young, passionate students who came together with a shared vision to reduce the impact of goods movement and to create empowering green jobs. We launched in August, 2011.
Moriah joined Shift to complement her passion for cycling and revolutionary ideas. She likes to think of herself as a small town sunshine coast girl living in the "big" city. She is interested in building community through urban farming, outdoor exploring, eco-activism, open sourcing. When she’s not triking or updating Shift's social media, you can find her attempting DIY projects from natural health remedies to refurbishing her thriftstore furniture.
Pedram graduated with a BA in Political Science and Sustainable Development. Before joining Shift his main focus was on food and local agriculture, but working with Shift introduced him to the world of active transportation and he has been attached to his bike ever since. Pedram loves the holidays especially Thanksgiving, when he prepares a giant feast for 40 people, and Norouz which is the Persian new year celebrated on the Spring Equinox. He likes rustic and ethnic food, the likes you usually find in your grandmother's kitchen.
Robyn loves being outdoors and is passionionate about co-op models and community building! She is proud to be a co-owner and co-founder of Shift. While studying at SFU, Robyn helped write the original business plan for Shift, and since then she has been dedicated to making Shift as resilient, organized and impactful as possible. When she is not making sure everying at Shift runs smoothly you can find her harvesting food, talking about politics, hanging clothes up outside, and heading for the mountains.
Diana, while not out on her daily deliveries, freelances as a sketch artist. Follow her on Instagram @dianalupieri
Devan loves to brainstorm wacky ideas. He also doesn't mind the rain, and in fact finds it quite cleansing.
Being a Shift triker satisfies his need to be outdoors and allows him to contribute to society while feeling like a rock star. He loves working on small art projects (mainly photography), home made veggie burgers, pickled vegetables, and learning German! Find him on twitter @devanmac
Geoff brings his mechanical and electrical experience to Shift as well as love for all things bike and the best xmas cake in the land. He came to the west from Ontario for the mountains, and stayed for the great people... and mountains. Consequently he loves when he can see the mountains on his ride to work. When he's not on or underneath a trike, or in the mountains, you can find him com at Southlands Farm southlandsfarms.com
Adrienne is passionate about sustainable transportation and spends her time learning how to contribute to positive change in Vancouver and the everyday workings of the urban economy.
She has lived in Vancouver for most of her life aside from a few years spent living overseas in the UK, Ireland and Australia. She recently earned a masters degree in Urban Studies from SFU and can now focus on her favorite activities: swimming, knitting cosy socks, and making art. She loves to spend time outdoors, greeting friends and neighbours on the streets of East Van and occasionally escaping into the wilderness of the Sunshine Coast to commune with bears and cougars. Look her up https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriennekinzel
Besides being a dedicated triker, Tegan is also a musician. Listen to her jams here https://wallgrin.bandcamp.com/releases
Spencer enjoys rockclimbing and the great outdoors. If he's not triking, he's probably hanging from a cliff somewhere.
What I brought to Shift: As one of the original founders of Shift, I contributed to the very first conceptual conversations that informed our original business plan, and eventually, our incorporation and launch! I was involved in everything from Org Dev, to HR, to Biz Dev and Marketing, and all the random things in between. I made the very first phone calls and sealed the deal with our first and biggest client, Mills Basics; and I executed a brilliant media release strategy for our launch! I co-designed this website (beautiful, isn’t it?); and as organization and formatting queen, I also helped lay down the foundation for many systems. My biggest contributions are the heart and care I brought to every single interaction, working from a place of passion for the co-operative model and deep care for the whole team at Shift. As one of my co-workers said, I “brought the heart and soul to Shift.”
What Shift offered me: The experience of starting up an innovative, values-based business with a bunch of people I love is just irreplaceable! I gained skills and confidence in all areas of my work, and can now confidently call myself an experienced entrepreneur. I was given many great learning opportunities, such as HR workshops, and I got to know a number of brilliant minds in the social enterprise scene. My experience at Shift deeply challenged me in wonderful ways, allowed me to grow as a person, and showed me what my greatest strengths are. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I received from my team throughout it all!
What I'm doing now: I am pursuing my passion for “people” as a Holistic Embodiment Facilitator (in training). My goal is to facilitate the growth of healthy, balanced individuals and communities through the innovative integration of physical movement and deep, effective communication. I especially seek to empower social and environmental movements through the personal and inter-personal empowerment of the people and communities behind them (through the use of full embodiment systems). I currently teach a number of fusion fitness classes, but I am also exploring specialized workshops, intentional dance event organization, embodied counselling, and building networks in this field. I am in an exploration phase and will be doing some traveling, and eventually may take my Masters in Somatic Psychology. Connect with me at: www.facebook.com/EmpoweredBodies
Name: Kevin Cooper
What I brought to Shift: A big smile, an entrepreneurial spirit, and solid experience delivering fresh produce with cargo bikes
What Shift offered me: A chance to work with an amazing team of people in realizing our shared vision for safer, cleaner, and friendlier downtown streets
What I'm doing now: Kevin is living it up in Toronto, making beer and growing melons. When he's not meeting with his local Councillor about bike issues, Kevin is working at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation developing a 470km rural cycle route that wraps around Lake Ontario.
Working with Shift
We are not currently hiring. Check back here for information about future opportunities to work with us.
If you would like to receive an update when we are next hiring, please email shifthiring(at)gmail(dot)com to express your interest and tell us a little about yourself.
We'd like to introduce you to our partners!
SPUD is an online grocery company that delivers local and organic groceries to your doorstep.
You want to eat sustainably. You’re also busy, and have better things to do than sift through hundreds of products at a grocery store. We make it easier.
Not only do your groceries come to you at the click of a button, you can also rest assured that you're getting products of the highest quality. All of our products are either certified organic, natural, or locally and sustainably made. We’ve got incredibly high standards for the food that we sell, which is why we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
We believe that getting local, organic food delivered to your doorstep is one of the easiest and most powerful ways that we can promote sustainability, improve health, protect the environment, and ultimately, change the world. Shopping with SPUD helps you make a big impact by simply buying groceries.
Partnering with Shift is a natural fit for us. We’re proud to be supporting their innovative and earth friendly human-powered transportation!
Foodee seeks to solve the problems faced at corporate lunch hour: variety, timing and waste. The company has partnered with Vancouver’s premier chefs to provide offices with the very best of the city’s colourful culinary scene. Among their exclusive offerings: Meat and Bread, Vij’s Railway, Tacofino, Cork and Fin and many other high-end restaurants.
The offering also pays attention to dietary restrictions and allergies, with carefully curated menus that satisfy the carnivore and vegan alike.
“Great teams eat together,” states Ryan Spong, CEO. “At Foodee we bring quality food to offices and reduce waste.”
Through Foodee’s proprietary software platform, it can provide real-time updates of driver locations, communicate directly with suppliers and delivery staff and provide instantaneous, customized invoicing for accounting departments. This new level of premium lunch service matches Foodee’s corporate client requirements for on-time, accurate and delicious meals – every time.
Since it's opened, Foodee has served more than 60,000 meals and currently has an accuracy and timeliness rate over 99.5%. Foodee is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and can be reached after hours online
Mills Office Productivity is a B.C. based dealer of Business Supplies and Educational Products. This family company was established in 1949 has been using business as a force of good by being a changemaker in the community through positive practices of Sustainability, Local Procurement and Corporate Social Responsibility.
At Mills, environmental leadership is a priority and a long-standing tradition. By working closely with its family of customers, employees and suppliers, the company brings to life a vision of environmental responsibility and care that encourages and supports sustainable practices in Office Productivity.
Mills Social Responsibility Management Practices are based on the principle that businesses have an important role to play in addressing the social interests and sustainable development goals of their community.
First, a little bit about what we do and who we are. Save On Meats is owned and operated by local entrepreneur, Mark Brand, who is restaurateur in Gastown. He loved the old Save On Meats and when it shut vowed to save the space. A lot of planning and renovating (as well as sweat and tears) has gone into the building over the last couple of years. Some of you may have even caught some of these efforts on OWN with their docu-series ‘Gastown Gamble’ which follows Mark and his team as they work to first open and then maintain this massive business.
The new Save On Meats was built to serve our entire city, regardless of neighborhood, income or budget. Our full service butcher shop is one of the most well known in the city boasting an extensive range of house made burgers, sausages and pates as well as free run and organic meats, fresh baked bread and every day deals on essential groceries. After only 8 months in business our shop was recently awarded ‘Bronze for Best Butcher in The City’ in the Westender, Georgia Straight and The Courier!
Our diner next door is a day and night affair serving all of the comfort foods typically found at the classic lunch counters that used to line Hastings Street from Burrard to Boundary. From the all day breakfasts to hand spun milkshakes we keep it simple, affordable and delicious. You may recognize the room from a recent episode of ‘Diner’s Drive Ins and Dive’ on Food Network with Guy Fieri – he sure does love our smoked turkey potpie!
Save On Meats is dedicated to being a strong community partner, and a supportive neighbor to those who reside in the Downtown Eastside. We take pride in being a socially responsible enterprise acting as an inclusive establishment, catering to the diverse needs of the community in which it is located.
Glorious Organics Cooperative is a farming enterprise, situated on seven acres of cultivated land, in Aldergrove, BC. We are co-owned and operated by five members – with additional seasonal workers we employ approximately 12 people at the height of our growing season.
Thirty years of experience show that only field greens, challenged by the stress and diversity of outdoor conditions, develop the full character, robust flavour, and long shelf life that characterize our seasonal salad mixes.
We grow more than 30 varieties of salad greens, most vegetables that you know – a few you may not – and some fruit and berries. With seven polyhouses used to start bedding plants, we also extend the shoulder seasons, grow edible flower petals, and protect over-wintering perennial herbs.
Our goal as part of the local food movement is to serve about 15 discerning restaurants, as well as individual customers. You can find us at the Trout Lake, Kitsilano, and Langley Farmers Markets under the Organic Farm Connection awning, or sign up as a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) member to receive weekly boxes of seasonal produce. We also have farmgate sales on Sundays during the summer.
For more information please visit www.gloriousorganics.com.
Husband and wife, Kerry and Lynn Davison, both grew up with farming in their roots. Though they spent years working in other careers, neither of them ever lost the passion for farming that had been passed down to them through their family heritages. They began a hedging cedar business on their farm property in 1995, which continues today, but is extremely labor intensive. The close proximity of Kerry’s older brothers Jersey dairy farm next door, together with their location on the busy Abernethy Connector, sparked the idea for this new farm business venture.
“We wanted to add another dimension to these great farm assets; provide something that people would value and enjoy. People love cheese…”
And so began the exciting adventure that has brought this family closer together and closer to their roots.
“We’re building a sustainable future for our family farm in this community and bringing people back to food basics, they can literally watch their cheese being made. That experience is something people value.”
Shirtland Dry Cleaners has been operating in Vancouver, British Columbia for over 50 years. We are Vancouver’s Eco Friendly Dry Cleaning specialists. We provide total garment care through services such as Alterations and Tailoring, Platinum Shirt Service and cleaning for Bedding and Table Linens.
We have a strong end-to-end commitment to environmental stewardship. From our cleaning to our packaging, we are industry leaders in the usage of environmentally friendly technology.
With our logistics partner, Shift, we offer a convenient and free pick up and delivery service to your office twice weekly. Corporate discounts are available.
ello began as a dream to launch a fast casual restaurant brand in the lower mainland that would support the capacity of the local food system. We believe that a year-round menu featuring entirely local and organic food is possible.
As we began building out our supply chain, we learned that, under current market conditions, we were at risk of failing to deliver on our core brand promise: supplying our menus with all organic food, sourced entirely from around here, by relying solely on existing distribution partners and logistics solutions.
We chose to launch ello by first focusing exclusively on our distribution business. ello Foods Ltd. supports local, organic growers by aggregating and distributing the best food from right around here. Our wholesale clients range from restaurant and hotel groups to institutional buyers. Our service sets up our clients to trust their food, with a radical transparency that traces each product back to its farm of origin, and functional media that allows our clients to easily share the story of our growers with their customers.
A year-round menu in Vancouver featuring entirely local and organic food is possible and ello Foods Ltd is building the distribution capacity to confidently supply our own ello fast casual restaurants in the near future.
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Natural Source enhances corporate culture and quality of life in offices by providing healthy, eco friendly snacking solutions. Specializing in local, all-natural healthy options, we give your staff what progressive Vancouverites crave, as well as what their bodies need, to perform at maximum efficiency.
Our customized, high quality, snacking programs are specific to our client’s requirements. Our goal is to provide a convenient and nutritious fuel source to help keep your employees happy, healthy and at maximum productivity.
Close to Home Organics is a family farm business in Abbotsford that grows an array of certified organic, seasonal vegetables and fruit. We sell through a Community Shared Agriculture program, farmers markets and select restaurants. Our guiding philosophy is that the healthiest, most flavorful and environmentally sustainable food is grown close to home.
After two successful years in Tofino, acclaimed taco vendors Tacofino have hit the Vancouver streets after impressing the judges and landing a license to sell its Baja-inspired tacos.
Described by media reviewers as “possibly the best Mexican, or at least the best fish tacos in BC”, Tacofino’s offerings are made from scratch with love but without the wait
Tacofino was born out of a desire to create a unique dining experience by offering quality, freshness and affordability with an environmental and nutritional conscience. Our menu is inspired by our world travels, taking the Baja-style taco to another level.
Funders & Supporters
The Vancouver Foundation is a community foundation. They devote their time, energy, money and resources to help build more vibrant, healthy and resilient communities across B.C.
The Vancouver Foundation provided one of the first major grants for Shift to launch operations in 2011 through the Generation Green Awards program.
HUB: Your Cycling Connection & Shift have worked together since 2011 to make cycling an attractive choice for everyone.HUB is a charitable non-profit helping to improve cycling in Metro Vancouver through education, action and events. More people cycling means healthier, happier, more connected communities. For more info, visit bikehub.ca.
BCIT’s Student Innovation Challenge is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to BCIT students who have big ideas. Grace Soo, one of our co-founders, won the BCIT Student Innovation Challenge in 2011 for her role in launching Shift Delivery.
RADIUS is a social innovation lab and venture incubator based at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Formed to enable SFU's leadership in building the new economy, RADIUS works to strengthen impact focused businesses and the ecosystem that supports them, develop and test new ideas for an economy that prioritizes people and planet, and build a pipeline of emerging social economy leaders with real world experience. Shift is a participating venture in the 2014 Radius cohort program.
The Co-operators is a Canadian-owned co-operative that provides insurance and financial services. The Co-operators Foundation has provided Shift with grant funding in 2012 & 2013 to support marketing and promotional activities, including the development of this website.
The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub offers a dynamic space to accelerate social venture growth by bringing together university resources, peer learning, and business networks. The program is defined by its passionate community and collaborative environment. Shift was one of the selected ventures participating the 2013 Innovation Hub program.
Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of 492,000 members and their communities.
Vancity has offered a range of financial support and other resources for the growth and development of Shift, including financing, grant funding and strategic and technical support from Vancity staff. A case study on Shift can also be found on the Vancity website.
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Vancity Buzz The rise of Vancouver cargo bike culture (05/27/2015)
The Vancouver Sun Vancouver entrepreneurs tweak online food service until the price is right (01/22/2015)
The Georgia Straight- Even for breakfast, Vancouver delivery services bring restaurant meals to you (03/12/2014)
Vancouver Courier- Bikes peddle lunches downtown (05/09/2012)
24 Hours- Pedal power paying off for Shift Urban Cargo Delivery (06/28/2012)
24 Hours- Pedal-powered cargo delivery at full throttle (09/15/2011)
The Globe and Mail- Vancouver's tricycle delivery system not child's play (09/08/2011)
The Globe and Mail- The triple threat: Vancouver's new fleet of cargo tricycles (03/17/2011)
The Vancouver Sun- Cargo tricycles set to hit Vancouver's bike lanes (03/28/2011)
Media and Community Inquiries
For media inquires, or to chat with us about participating in a community event, please email Moriah at email@example.com
"Mills Office Productivity and Shift have been working partners for over 3 years. In this time, we have developed an amazing relationship with every person involved, generating personal and business benefits along the way. We have enjoyed the personal feel they bring to our Mills Family and their commitment to our customer service and delivery is a big part of our company’s success. Mills continues to support Shift and we look forward to working with them into the future."
- Tony King, Deliveries Manager, Mills Basics
"Since the first day Shift showed up, I've been impressed with their entire team's work ethic. Rain or Shine they are always wearing a smile and making Foodee deliveries. Every time I ask for something more, they step up and fulfill my needs."
- Wayne Webb, Logistics Manager, Food.ee
"We have been using Shift for several years for deliveries and logistics to help us better serve our clients in the downtown core as well as reduce our carbon footprint. Through the advertising boards on their trikes, we have also gained better visibility to potential new clients.
Shift has worked with us to create a delivery schedule that works for our customers as well as our production needs in a more efficient way than we could have done in-house. Their customer service and responsiveness is excellent and we feel confident that they are able to represent us well in their day-to-day contact with our customers at the point of delivery."
Talib Jiwani, President, Shirtland Drycleaners