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Planning for e-commerce

E-commerce (short for electronic commerce) describes the buying or selling of products and associated services over the internet or through mobile applications. The most visible vendors are Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair furniture, however, there are millions of smaller entities thanks to the ease of online marketplace platforms. Offerings include durable goods (such as furniture), small goods, groceries and prepared food deliveries. The growth in e-commerce is now reshaping cities, suburbs and outlying industrial districts, as well as traffic patterns for moving goods from ports to warehouses to a shopper's doorstep.

Prioritizing Public Value in the Changing Mobility Landscape

This report looks at the values and goals cities affect with policies concerning connected mobility, and how to create a new framework that aligns with these objectives. The report makes the case for avoiding a narrow focus on discrete transportation modes and technology issues, and instead look for value frameworks that properly balance the growing number of users and uses in public spaces.

Street Supplies Library

Provided by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordination Agncy (NOACA), Street Supplies is a library of supplies for temporary street installations for bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements. The library includes a range of materials such as paint, bike racks and planters.

Toronto Draft Autonomous Vehicles (AV) Tactical Plan

The AV Tactical Plan outlines how the City should prepare for AVs and how it can influence the direction of the technology in these early stages. The overall goal is to be proactive, ensuring that Toronto is well-placed to both maximize opportunities and mitigate impacts arising from the arrival of AVs in the City. The tactical plan is keyed to long range 2050 goals, with checkpoints in 2022.

Tracking Key Performance Metrics

Cities are increasingly establishing key performance metrics (or KPIs) to track performance of municipal functions. Cities typically pick a key goal, associated metrics and benchmarks for success. The tracking system will show how the city is performing relative to the set goal. Scores can be shown for individual functions or as an overall aggregate score.

Unsolicited Proposals for Innovative Technology

Government agencies and offices are creating structured programs to accept unsolicited proposals as an alternative to issuing detailed Requests for Proposals (RfPs). This allows an agency to efficiently procure for new products and unique services. Unsolicited bids are similar to sole source contracts, though are often more flexible.

Start-Up Collaborations with Cities

Start-up partnerships and collaborations provide cities the ability to trial new services/products with young companies while giving entrepreneurs their first customers in a real world setting.

Scenario Planning

Scenario Planning is a process to identify alternative futures based on trends and drivers of change. Used when there are unknown variables, participants can detect plausible futures and from there, select desired futures, goals and activities to get there.

Shared-Use Mobility Toolkit

SUMC’s Shared Mobility Toolkit is designed to help cities and public sector leaders better realize the benefits of shared mobility.

Neighborhood Innovation Programs

A neighborhood innovation lab gathers residents, educators, tech companies, government officials and other stakeholders to solve local problems through data analysis, apps, sensors that monitor neighborhood resources and Internet of Things (Iot) devices.

Drivers of Change cards

The Future Deck cards spark conversations about the emerging challenges and opportunities, in this case in Singapore

Call for Innovation

Call for Innovations (or Ideas) is a new procurement tool in which cities/towns issue first a problem statement rather than specifications.

Smart Neighborhood Pilot Programs

Smart neighborhood pilots test how to arrange smart city technology in order to analyze and address specific goals & problems in a neighborhood.

Multi-Functional Infrastructure Guide: Future Value Now

Future Value Now is a guide assessing the value of common ciyy design methods across 12 benefit areas. The purpose is to highlight practices that deliver multiple benefits to deliver enhanced value to property owners and tax payers.

Public Engagement & Noticing Manual - St Luis Obispo

St. Luis Obispo California created a manual/ templates to improve outreach for informing, consulting and collaborating with the community. The guide provides local information & checklists on legal requirements, stakeholders, venues, and the press.

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge held playful community programming on a vacant lot to tackle thorny issues such as gentrification, environmental restoration and housing through participatory design.