F.A.Q.

Who is creating this software and who is it for?

Please see the About Us page.

Who would want to use this software?

Groups of Consumers – usually called "buying clubs", they work together and buy in bulk, which saves money and creates community among people who take interest in where their food comes from. People can create their own marketplaces of any vendor they choose.

Farmers/Fishers/Producers – while the software was made for consumers, farmer’s can take the reigns as well. Compared to other shopping carts for businesses, BuyingClubSoftware.com is much simpler to operate and works on a farm-to-table concept as opposed to massive online ordering. With a simpler way to sell online, farmers/fishers/producers can focus on the selling instead of hiring a technical department.

Distributors - by providing a spreadsheet of products to BuyingClubSoftware.com, we can offer your catalog to any group using BuyingClubSoftware.com.

For now our focus is on smoothing out the local food industry, but this software can be used by anyone organizing a type of buyer and seller market online.

What is so special about this software? What does it do?

This software automates a group of people purchasing in bulk from a farmer, producer, or distributor of any kind.

A person can buy 5# of flour, but as a group they will order a 50# bag to get a good price per pound. On the farmer’s side, they get a simple order for one bag of flour to deliver. The buying club does the work of splitting that flour among themselves once that flour is delivered.

From the farmer/fisher/producer/distributor side, the software can also be for retail.

Why build software for this reason when there are thousands of web-based shopping carts available?

After learning how the business of local food works, we realized that there was no shopping cart software available for groups to purchase the way a buying club does. To take part in building a new local food system and develop a business around our love for local food, we decided to build this new kind of shopping cart system.

How much does it cost?

Please see the Signup & Pricing page.

How I get started using BuyingClubSoftware.com?

Please sign up here for a one-on-one demonstration and discussion about using this for your buying club.