Member Spotlight: Matt's Meals

Posted by Boston Organics on Jun 22, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Matt Robinson has been a writer, editor, and communications administrator (as well as a teacher and boxing coach) for over 20 years. Most importantly, he has been a husband for 10 and a father of twins for 7.5. Especially as he values these last capacities, Matt is always looking for healthy ways to sustain his family and his community. That is why he is such a fan of Boston Organics!

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, marketing, bio, member spotlight, healthy eating, Matt's Meals, customer, WBZ Radio

How To Update PayPal

Posted by Boston Organics on Jun 13, 2020 8:37:43 AM

To update or re-enter your PayPal billing information.

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, how to update your account

Other Food Delivery & Pick-up Services

Posted by Boston Organics on Apr 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Our crew has been working in overdrive to meet the demand as a result from COVID-19. Many of our drivers' delivery routes are maxed out. Every day our new customer wait list has been growing and we've been doing our best to incrementally open up new sign ups. We are sorry we can not deliver to you during these challenging times.  Here are some other food delivery services & resources.

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, Organic Grocery Add-Ons, Community, fruit delivery, grocery delivery, Organic Grocery Delivery Boston, Boston, covid-19, coronavirus, productivity, work from home, social distancing, food relief, local business, resources, food access, curbside pick up

The Best Social Distancing Friendly Activities!

Posted by Boston Organics on Mar 26, 2020 12:32:59 PM

Turn off the work phone and jump into some fun activities. These self-quarantine friendly indoor activities will bring some joy into your life. You don't need to be in public to have some fun! 

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, Community, fruit delivery, Boston, meditation, covid-19, coronavirus, remote, productivity, work from home, social distancing, local business, resources, virtual, games, puzzles, activities, self quarantine, bored, gardening, meditate, yoga, stretch

Take action & Support the community

Posted by Boston Organics on Mar 25, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Are you itching to do more to support small businesses and individuals affected by coronavirus pandemic? So are we. As a small local business, we want to do our best to support the communities we serve. Here's a list of things you can do to support small local businesses, or individuals struggling.

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, food donation, Community, fruit delivery, gift cards, Donations, Boston, covid-19, coronavirus, food relief, local business, take out, delivery, resources

How to work from home and not get cabin fever

Posted by Boston Organics on Mar 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Working from home comes with so many freedoms, and different challenges than the traditional workplace. You have the power to set your own working schedule but, family and pets are just around the corner as a welcomed distraction. Here are some tips to help you productively work from home and avoid cabin fever!

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, office, Healthy Office, marketing, covid-19, coronavirus, remote, productivity, work from home, social distancing

A Note From Our Founder About Coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on business

Posted by Boston Organics on Mar 9, 2020 12:43:05 PM

Update 6/16

We are now accepting home delivery enrollments for all areas/days

Office deliveries are also starting up again. We are currently delivering to offices Tuesday-Friday. We plan to resume Monday deliveries as well. 

Thank you for your patience! 

Update 6/6

As the State begins to open up and move into phase 2, we've opened up Tuesday without restrictions for the time being.

Now is a great time to sign up as the local season gets underway. There was a late start to the season due to a cool and rainy April, but the recent warm weather has accelerated the growth in the fields according to the farms we work with.

As always, safety of staff, customers and the public continues to be the priority. Thanks for your continued support.

Update 5/26

We are beginning to intermittently accept new signups now for most days. We are emailing those that have completed the waitlist form in batches based on when the form was completed. We will close down the enrollment form once enough customers have signed up. 

We are busy increasing our staff and vehicle capacity sustainably and safely. Thank you for your patience and support. 

Update 4/24

We are now accepting orders for households that live in our Tuesday delivery area (Unfortunately we have met capacity again. Join our waitlist for a notification when we open up sign ups again). We hope to continue to increase our capacity to serve more customers. We are looking to hire additional part time warehouse help as well as adding another driver

 

Update 4/19

We also continue to experience supply chain challenges. We are beginning to hear murmurings that we may experience more disruptions. Many of the farms we work with in western Massachusetts rely on the H1B visa program for farm labor. Although unconfirmed, it is possible that the local growing season may be impacted if H1B workers are denied entry into the US.

As we work through these challenges, we hope to increase our capacity to serve more households to support social distancing efforts. All while keeping staff as safe as possible.

Thank you for your support. Be safe.

Jeff

Update 4/9

I was interviewed yesterday on WGBH - you can listen here about how we've been affected by the virus and some of the challenges we've been facing.

We are beginning to see some customers increase their orders of certain items (i.e. eggs and milk). We may have to impose limits on certain items as our drivers' vehicles are running out of van capacity.

If possible, please limit eggs to no more than two dozen, milk to two half gallons and some of the chips to just 1-2 bags per order.

Thanks and be safe!

Jeff

 

Update 4/4

We are closing down all signups for the time being - this includes preventing former customers from re-activating their accounts. 

We will continue operating and delivering to existing customers.

We continue to assess the operations with focus on employee safety and general well-being.

We greatly appreciate everyone's support.

Thanks,

Jeff

 

Update 3/27

We have closed the signups for Tuesday deliveries. We may open it up again on Monday as we should have some capacity.

We will email you,if you have added your name to the wait list

Although slightly improved, we continue to encounter intermittent issues with our suppliers. For example, our main egg source is not sending in any orders into Boston next week. Fortunately with the advanced notice, we should have time to "scramble" and find another source.

Thanks for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

Jeff

 

Update: 3/24

We are getting a handle on the supply chain disruptions as well as our overall capacity to take on additional customers safely and without overextending ourselves or at the cost of existing customers. We are currently accepting customers living in our Tuesday delivery area for the time being, but will close it out at a certain point. 

We are assessing other delivery days and will email those that have completed the waiting list form as areas open up. 

Thanks for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

Jeff

 

Update: 3/19

We continue to deliver, but we are not accepting new signups right now.

We are collecting names and emails for a wait list. We hope to open the sign ups soon, but it will be mainly contingent on how quickly the food network rebounds and panic purchasing subsides.

We have also switched to delivering four days a week (Tuesday to Friday). By switching to a four day delivery schedule, our drivers will have less exposure and be able to get some well needed and deserved rest.

The health and well being of our staff has never been more important. Unlike many delivery services, we do not use independent contractors. Our drivers and warehouse staff are all employees - some earning as much as 120 hours of PTO. The majority have access to our subsidized health insurance plan and are covered by a fully paid disability insurance policy.

As you may guess, office deliveries (which were mainly done on Monday) have dropped significantly, The drop has been off-set by the increase in our home delivery business. Fortunately our staff will be able to stay busy and keep working - as safely as possible. 

Although, bittersweet, it's been great to re-connect with so many former customers, We look forward to delivering to all of you. And thank you for trusting in us.

Sincerely,

Jeff

Update: 3/18

Unanticipated increase in orders + general hording = (hopefully) short term disruption to the supply chain

We have had a surge of new sign ups over the past several days that we had not fully anticipated. Thank you for the orders - although, we wish they were not prompted under such circumstances.

The increase has caught us off guard as well as many of our suppliers.The overall increase in demand has placed a great strain on the food supply chain - many of the suppliers are running short on products and more importantly on drivers and trucks to do the distribution. We hope that this will be resolved soon, but anticipate some disruption.

Shortages for certain items and last minute changes to box contents may be expected. If we are unable to deliver an item to you, we will do our best to give you as much forewarning as possible so you can make alternative arrangements.

We continue to closely monitor guidance from the CDC, FDA, federal, state and local authorities. 

Our team is committed to delivering complete orders keeping safety a priority for both staff, customers and the general public.

Thank you for your support and patience.

Sincerely,

Jeff

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Update: 3/14

We continue to follow CDC guidelines and have implemented additional sanitization protocols for staff in all phases of the operations (office, warehouse and delivery).

Unlike a grocery store, our products are not sitting on shelves accessible to the public and picked over. They are only handled by our employees.

All orders are picked by our staff and delivered in company owned vehicles. From receiving to delivering the groceries, on average only 1-2 people will be in contact with each item. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support,

Jeff

 

Dear Boston Organics Customer:

At Boston Organics, the health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Like most businesses, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, FDA, health, covid-19, Produce boxes, safety, coronavirus, Sanitizing, CDC, Paid time off, Health insurance, Employee wellness

Member Spotlight: Jess Lynch at WishRoute!

Posted by Boston Organics on Jan 31, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Jess Lynch is the founder of Wishroute. Jess started her career in consulting at PwC but started Wishroute when she was at Babson College getting her MBA and realized we have a wish epidemic ‐ she kept hearing friends say they wish they were exercising or eating healthier and something clicked.

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, marketing, bio, member spotlight, healthy eating, Jessica Lynch, Wishroute, boston startup, wellness, Accountability

Super bowl Recipes

Posted by Boston Organics on Jan 23, 2020 11:56:41 AM

The Patriots fumbled getting to the Super Bowl this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t host the best Superbowl party. Don't throw that last second hail mary - plan your snacks now! Recipes for shareable dips, side dishes, pizza, and more! 

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, Holiday, organic recipes, Patriots, superbowl

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Posted by Boston Organics on Dec 12, 2019 10:08:00 AM

We all know the many benefits of mindfulness – from greater focus to increased relaxation to a happier, more present way of being.  But practicing mindfulness in the office is something that is becoming increasingly important as employees often report feeling overwhelmed and frazzled and stories of burnout are not uncommon. Blog post written by Cynthia Conigliaro (certified personal trainer, and independent health and wellness coach).

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Topics: Boston Organics Community, office, Healthy Office, snacks, marketing, Office wellness program, meditation, mindfulness, being present

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