Vendors let’s go
4 Nov 2019
Becoming a vendor is pretty straight forward – just filling in a few forms – but there are a few tricks which are well worth knowing.
I suggest you read the let’s go written for buyers so you understand how they will be using the site. It’s a bit different from normal web sites in that buyers will be first choosing their growers and then choosing products second so having a good page which describes how you farm works is important.
First you go to shop then to account
Then you need to register as a vendor and fill in the form.
When you get to shop name you can choose any name you like but I suggest that you make it one word without spaces or the computer will start putting dashes in which can be a bit confusing.
When you get to shop URL the computer should just re-enter the name of your shop automatically so don’t type in anything here.
If you are simply showing support for this project as a concerned buyer (biofoodie) or an amateur growers with a Gbiota bed there is no need to fill in financial details.
You will then be invited to fill in your details – best to do it now
Filling in the next form is easy enough but you do want to fill in the store categories section. You can enter as many categories as you like but enter them all in one go i.e. click all the categories you want from the list. If you go back it will start from scratch.
If you simply want to show your interest in buying food grown using regenerative or biological methods just choose biofoodie as your categories.
Now you will be asked if you want to set up payment. If you want to get paid the answer is yes.
This is a standard form from the credit card company which will ask you all sorts o questions and have checks to ensure it is really you.
You will need your bank account details. When you have finished it will go through a checking process which can take about ten days (I find) but once you have been checked out you should receive money the next day after purchase.
Now your store is ready and the real works starts. Gs16.
Go to your dashboard gs17 and click on settings.
Now comes an important bit you don’t want to miss. This sites works on geolocation i.e. customers will search for you based on the map so you want to make sure your map is set up correctly. If you don’t do this properly they will never find you.
All you have to do is enter your address when the map should centralise on your exact location and create an icon. Not difficult but double check it does put the icon on your farm.
Now comes the bit where you describe how you grow to your customers – this is an important bit as customers select on your growing methods.
We are not policemen and tell you how to grow – that’s your job – but we do expect you to tell the truth and we do encourage customers to write a review and if you get bad reviews a process will start with a gentle finger waggling then escalating – it’s important that people trust this site.
You have an area for describing your farm gs19 – you can type or cut and paste directly into this area and also enter media. Now people love to see photos so make sure you have plenty before you start. You can also make videos – if they are small you can upload directly but it they are long it is best to put the video on YouTube and link to it.
This also gives you a bit of extra publicity. It is easy enough, you must creates an empty line (e.g. spaces and simply enter the YouTube code directly into the space. You can test that it has worked by going back to your site later.
Almost there – but the last bit is still important. You need to create a product. Customers will generally search using the map and a category e.g green vegetables and if you don’t have a product in that category your farm icon will simply not appear on the map. That’s the way it is meant to work so customers can filter down to what they are looking for.
Customers will generally search using the map and a category e.g green vegetables and if you don’t have a product in that category your farm icon will simply not appear on the map. That’s the way it is meant to work so customers can filter down to what they are looking for. iption is a good idea.
One basis of this web is that crops are sold while in the ground then harvested so it is a good idea to display the SKU (don’t worry I had never heard of SKU until I started to build this web) it stands for Stock Keeping Unit but it appears on your page and tell customers how many units you have left. It is automatic and as people buy the number goes down without you having to worry about it.
It is important because is prevents people buying and paying for something when you have sold out.
Now you are set up with products for sale but you will need to go back to your site to add new products or promote special offers or seconds – all that stuff is up to you. But you will need to remember your name and password to log in. I always use my email address so I don’t have to remember what I registered as and it is guaranteed unique – but for once the computer doesn’t care.
If all this sounds a bit complex we are actually real people and are here to help my email is firstname.lastname@example.org