Direct Global (Direct Global Buying Corp.) is a technology company which focuses on developing and operating platforms, allowing purchasers to leverage collective purchasing powers to reduce the cost of procuring products, services, raw materials and finished goods. The company’s proprietary web-based platform enables small and medium-sized businesses to use collective purchasing power to reduce purchasing and shipping costs.
Direct Global has developed a web-based marketplace platform (www.directcoops.com) that works with local business associations, co-ops, unions and others to connect local small and medium enterprises and enable them to aggregate orders for goods and services from local and national manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.
The Direct Initiative leverages the Direct Global platform to network and unite the buying power of the members of member-based associations and co-operatives who share common interests and believe in principles of fairness.
Direct Global’s mission is to create a sharing economy which creates a level playing field for both small and large businesses, encouraging small and local businesses to work together for a shared good.
Direct Global has co-created the Local Driver Federation Co-operative (Local Driver Co-op/Fare.Coop) for the transport of people and goods. Local Driver Co-op is a co-operative that is owned locally by the member drivers, who receive 90% of the fares and delivery fees. This allows us to not just save our riders and customers up to 20% versus Uber and Lyft, but to also pay our drivers more.
Direct Global is the Canadian strategic partner to the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and an ecommerce partner to NCBA-CLUSA (America’s oldest co-operative association representing 1 in 3 Americans), an official partner of the United Nations under the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the exclusive ecommerce platform to the US Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce. It has been featured on Bloomberg-BNN, CBC, The Sun, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider and received mention in “Everything for Everyone”, Nathan Schneider’s seminal text on the modern business co-operative movement.