Exploring the Multiverses

The official Lightwave Blog 

Exploring the Multiverses

The official Lightwave Blog 

What makes Koopernikus and Lightwave different from grocery retailers?

15. January 2024

To answer this question, it helps to understand how existing food retailers deal with different flows. In chronological order, they are responsible for the flow of relationships, goods, information, communication, orders, deliveries, documents and money. The same responsibility applies to Koopernikus and Lightwave. But we differ in the way we handle the various flows.

  1. relationship & communication:
    We promote and mediate direct relationships between producers and buyers.
    Traders have a relationship with both, but producers and buyers do not know each other.
  2. Goods & trade
    We create space where producers can sell their goods directly to buyers.
    Traders buy the goods and sell them on.
  3. Information:
    We show transparently who receives how much in the value chain.
    Most retailers do not do this because otherwise there would be a need for discussion.
  4. Orders & documents:
    Lightwave simplifies the order & document process.
    Many retailers still have difficulties with the digitalization of such processes.
  5. Delivery:
    We deliver the goods directly when they are fresh and only need one transshipment point.
    Many retailers need a lot of storage space to store the purchased products and deliver them when they are sold.
  6. Money:
    At Koopernikus and Lightwave, we receive a cost-covering revenue share of 2.5% for our services, with 6-10% for logistics and 0-7% for warehousing. Dealers claim at least 25-35% margin including logistics.

Update #153

8. January 2024

🧮 1. We have updated our database so that data has a history and all changes are saved.

🔗 2. Here is our API documentation (Link). If you are interested, please contact us: support@lightwave.ch

🌻 3. At Koopernikus, Janina has temporarily taken over the office. Together with David, Janosch, Laura & Johannes we are still in the finding process. The application for the Fintan Foundation helps us to work more together.

💧4. We have made a large overview of the status quo & plans of the various flows: (Link)

❓5. Together with Janosch we have set up a big survey on the different flows and will send it to the network during the week.

🚛 6. Pico will continue to be the logistics service provider for Koopernikus this year under the same conditions.

🔥 7. We are starting the process with Katharina & Lukas for a possible foundation of a network like Koopernikus in Bern. 

❤️ 8. We are planning our next community meeting. Feel free to fill out the link!

Update #152

16. November 2023

🌟 1. We are online! 55 businesses order organic food from Gut Rheinau & 10 other producers.

💸 2. We currently receive a 2.5% share of the sales, which may decrease gradually over time as our platform be used by more regions and organisations.

🌱3. The process to relaunch Lightwave as steward-ownership company is almost finished.

🚛 4. There are plans underway to bolster our logistics capacities with Pico & BachserMärt.

🌻 5. Koopernikus has set sights on establishing an office by 2024.

💻 6. An API integration with Pot is on the horizon, allowing for seamless order triggering via the FoodCoop PlugIn.

🌐 7. Discussions are ongoing with OFN, FeldzuTisch, BioMondo, and Locco to explore potential collaborations between various direct marketing initiatives.

❤️ 8. We invite you to join our upcoming online community meeting!

Update #151

3. June 2023

1. In recent weeks, we have been intensively developing our software. Customers can now place orders flawlessly, farms can bundle orders in the picking list & display it on their harvest app. On September 1st, we aim to go operational & add additional features while conducting more test runs.

2. To ensure our success, we are currently planning the communication, tools, & materials for onboarding 60 Gut Rheinau's customers.

3. Together with the Purpose Foundation, we are organizing a kick-off event to structure Lightwave as a steward-owned company.

4. We have discussed the business model once we enter the market on September 1st. One proposal is for Gut Rheinau to increase their prices by 5-10%. With this surcharge, we will allocate 2.5% of the revenue to Lightwave & 2.5% to Koopernikus until 1.1.2024.

5. With Regionalwert Franken, EPOS, Ernährungsrat Bayreuth, we had an initial discussion to offer our platform for their region & jointly develop a macro- and micro-logistics software.

Update #150

10. April 2023

1. We were able to import all products of all seasons of Gut Rheinau into the database. There are still some problems with the display of the data, but we are working on it.

????‍2. Based on the import we did a test with Kubli & Albin from Becki-Markt as well as Raphael from Jupiterhaus. The test helped us to create an overview of the things we still need to do to make the process run smoothly with all the data. 

3. Albin from Becki-Markt helps us with his IT experience in the development of the setup list app. We are looking forward to a good cooperation.

4. Based on our cost calculator, we have developed the first draft of our business model: Through the sale of food from Gut Rheinau, we can support all operational costs through a margin of approximately 28.5%. With the tendency that the margin will decrease as soon as more organizations join in.

5. at Koopernikus we have been able to clarify who committed to continue.

6. We have otherwise participated in the POT Workshop & Climate Forum City of Zurich and have submitted an application to WeMakeIT in the Impact Fund and received an invitation to present Lightwave at Forum 1.5 in Bayreuth.

Update #149

10. March 2023

1. We conducted our first trial run with Gut Rheinau. The ordering process worked well, and the orders were consolidated in the harvest list. We have already received several inquiries about testing.

2. Die Kostenstruktur von Koopernikus haben wir fertiggestellt. Here kannst du sie einsehen. Darauf aufbauend entwickeln wir unser Geschäftsmodell.

3. We have completed the accounting for Lightwave for the year 2022. We have a balance of approximately 26,600 CHF with the money from the Koopernikus campaign of approximately 46,600 CHF. With this budget, we plan to make our platform operational until 2024.

4. Raphael is no longer employed at Lightwave, but our collaboration remains in the area of website hosting and onboarding.

5. We participated in the first workshop of "Richtig Rechnen" with a focus on the evaluation of ecological performance.

6. Koopernikus is currently going through a reorientation phase on how we can work better as a group. 

7. We are continuing the process of adapting our statutes. This primarily concerns the handling of shares.

8. We are settling in on Notion to improve our work processes.

Update #148

24. January 2023

1. Lightwave updates are coming monthly again!

2. From Oct 22-Jan 23 we were heavily involved in the Koopernicus campaign.

3. We have 35 new cooperative members and 55 companies interested in on boarding our platform. About this one Link you can be part of it too.

4. Produced a crowd investing video. Link.

5. We rocked 16 info events in the city of Zurich, in the countryside and online.

✉️ 6. We have a newsletter with Koopernikus, Pico and Gut Rheinau with about 1200 organizations and individuals. Link

7. We have created a schedule for IT development and Simon is working 20% on Lightwave from March.
8. We develop modules for product management and harvesting lists. Then we are ready for a test run at Gut Rheinau.

9. Together with Beat (Pico), David (Gut Rheinau) we work out the effective costs to better design a business plan.


20. December 2022

Hello, everyone! After a long campaign from October to December with many events, we are happy to finally share the video with you. ????????

We will be grateful if you can share it with your friends, family and through your social media.

If you want to become a part of Koopernikus and support Lightwave, you can buy cooperative shares or help us with a donation - we look forward to a lively network and thank you for any kind of support ❤️

Weitere Infos: https://koopernikus.ch

Update #147

30. September 2022

1. Our campaign planning is in full swing!

2. We are currently planning videos and events, compiling contact lists, enquiring with communication partners as well as designing the website, flyers and posters.

3. IT: Our back-end is taking shape and finally connected to the front-end. The first data is available on the database. The data importing system is being refined.

4. We’re exchanging with the city and canton of Zurich as well as with other direct marketing platforms to possibly cooperate at level of IT and logistics.

❤️ 5. We’re saying goodbye to Isa with a lot of gratitude in our hearts. Thank you for your joyful presence and your contribution to Lightwave. We wish you all the best for your writing career! #wearesystemchangers #wirsindsystemwandler

6. We invite you to our next events in October: 6-7.10 48 H Agrarökologie; 27.10 Koopernikus stellt sich vor. More info to follow. 48 H Agrarökologie; 27.10 Koopernikus stellt sich vor. Weitere Infos folgen.

Update #146

2. September 2022

We are back with lots of news from August.

1. We are getting closer to being able to do a test order with Gut Rheinau through us. We are working on Sprint #1: Connecting the product list between the back-end & front-end. The data import and the data are ready.

The campaign preparation is in full swing:

2. We have defined our core messages and are in the process of finding photos, graphics & sketches for them.

3. The first draft of the budget and crowdfunding video are here.

4. we invite you to the next workshop on 17.09 at Gut Rheinau.

5. we had a detailed conversation with Christian Hiss about Regionalwert and Richtig Rechnen.

6. We presented ourselves at the ETH Summer School at Pico.

7. The subscription store of Grassrooted is up and running. It can be debited with card automatically every 2 weeks.