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February 2017

6 April 2017

Chicago Street Journal

Black Owned Ride-

Sharing App to Compete

with Uber, Lyft in U.S.

and Abroad

With the immense success of companies like Uber and Lyft, ridesharing

technology has boomed into a multi-billion dollar industry

within the past decade.

Now a new platform is looking to stake its claim in the marketplace.

Moovn is a ride-hailing mobile application founded by Godwin

Gabriel. The app currently operates in 7 U.S. cities (Washington,

DC, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, San

Francisco, CA, New York, NY) and 1 city in Africa (Dar-Es-

Salaam, TZ), with plans to rapidly expand in both Western and

emerging markets.

In a recent interview with UrbanGeekz, Gabriel explains how he

taught himself how to code, in order to launch the beta version of

his app. Saying his beta launch was “amateurish at best,” he goes on

to explain how the platform transformed into what it is today:

“It wasn’t until we received investor backing that I was able to hire

and collaborate with a team of seasoned developers to transform the

platform into what we have today.”

When asked what his biggest challenges are, he says, “The market,

for the most part, is currently being dominated by Uber and Lyft

with these companies enjoying the benefits of having first mover

advantage with the transportation technology space. However,

we’re confident that the global market remains sizable enough for

all of us to fit in and play.”

Considering the rise of smartphone usage across the continent of

Africa, operating there seems to be a good business strategy. It’s

also a market that hasn’t been explored by the big brands in the

industry.

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has begin charging

people a tax for each bag they use to haul groceries and

other items purchased at retailers in the city. But while

the tax will produce income for the city, it remains to be

seen how much the tax will actually do to reduce the

number of plastic bags Chicagoans use - a major selling

point for such taxes in Chicago and other locales.

Some of the biggest cities in the United States

have taken it upon themselves to wage a war on

plastic bags under the guise of environmentalism.

Plastic bag fees are merely a stealth tax hike that

disproportionately hits families that go grocery

shopping more frequently.

Reusable bags tend to be unsanitary, which

causes major problems when they’re being used to

tote fresh produce and other groceries. A study in

the journal Food Protection Trends found that food

-borne illnesses could skyrocket with the increased

adoption of reusable bags.

The study found that 99 percent of reusable bags

tested contained bacteria; the figure was 0 percent

in new bags, or single-use plastic bags. These bacteria

were frequently dangerous, with E. Coli being

shockingly common in reusable bags.

So Chicago’s bag nannies are taking your money

under false pretenses, spending it on something

unrelated to its stated purposes, failing to solve the

problem they claim they’re addressing, and possibly

making you sick in the process.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.2 billion budget passed

with unanimous support of the Chicago City Council on

Nov. 16, including a tax on consumers for paper and

plastic bags.

The 7-cent bag tax on plastic and paper bags at the

grocery store — or at any Chicago store without reusable

bags — follows efforts around the country to change

consumer behavior and reduce waste and harmful environmental

impact. Consumers can avoid paying the tax

by bringing their own reusable bags, thereby keeping

plastic and paper substitutes out of landfills.

At the same time, retailers receive 2 cents every time

the tax is levied and the rest goes to the city. The average

Chicago resident uses 500 plastic bags a year, totaling

1.3 billion for the whole city, according to environmental

experts.

The tax reverses a partial ban that went into effect

more than a year ago. The ban required large retailers to

replace thin plastic bags with thicker ones that are designed

to be reused. But consumers weren’t reusing the

bags, which are more expensive to make.

But

some policy experts aren’t convinced the new measure

will be any more effective than the last one.

Kevin Glass, policy director for the Franklin Center

for Government and Public Integrity, told the Cook

County Record that assessments of plastic bag taxes in

other cities have shown they may not have the environmental

impact public officials hope for.

“I have no doubt that they’re put forward with good

intentions, but, you know, the numbers show that they’re

largely ineffective on the environmental aspect of their

justification,” Glass said, citing a Washington Post review

of the Washington, D.C.’s 5-cent tax heralded as a

way to clean up the Anacostia River. The review found

that more of the money put in the Anacostia River Clean

Up and Protection Fund was used for school field trips

and worker salaries than for cleanup projects on the

river.

Additionally, taxes that have been put in place on

various levels in states like California, Texas and Virginia,

among others, haven’t proven to change consumer

behavior, Glass said. Another unexpected downside

could be the reusable bags encouraged as substitutes,

which public health experts have said could pose a risk

because of the germs they carry.

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Washington, D.C., charges less than the new rate in Chicago,

but some charge much more. Some, like the Better

Government Association, have publicly criticized the

few cents the city of Chicago settled on because it’s

unlikely to actually deter shoppers from using plastic

bags, making the tax just another revenue stream for the

city. The city expects to bring in $12.9 million from the

tax next year.

Glass said he thinks the mayor’s intentions are genuine,

but he said the few cents per bag will add up for low

-income shoppers, who may be disproportionately affected

by the charge. He said he believes neither a ban

nor a tax has enough of an upside to be worthwhile.

“It’s a surprisingly complicated issue, but the downsides,

I think, across the board, really outweigh the upsides,”

Glass said. “This is an evolution of what Chicago

has been trying to do. And they’ve obviously failed multiple

times before at what they’re aiming for. I just worry

that they’re going to try over and over again to restructure

or reorient how they’re either taxing or prohibiting

bags and none of it’s going to see the upside they’re

really searching for.”

Sources: http://watchdog.org, cookcountyrecord.com

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