Local Line is pleased to announce the launch of an integration with Market Maker that allows Illinois farmers with a Market Maker profile to create a free online store.
Sticky notes and Excel spreadsheets can only bring you so far. It doesn’t take much before orders are lost, or missing. Transitioning your business online will save you loads of time, while also offering a streamlined shopping experience for your customers.
Before using Local Line, Kye was using an email system to manage incoming orders. The more orders that came in, the more complicated the process would become. Having to send inventory lists and record orders himself quickly became onerous.
Food production works in seasons. If you are a seasonal business, you don’t want to lose customers over the off-seasons. Here are our best tips to continue to market your seasonal business during the off-season:
As the world’s population approaches 9.8 billion in 2050, the importance of food safety is increasing. To combat future outbreaks, governments and food corporations are looking to food traceability platforms to keep our food safe.
Everyone is getting a bit fed up with farmers’ markets. They can be extremely unpredictable. One week you sell out, the next you only sell half the product you sold the previous week. Instead of relying on market sales, use your online store for pre-sales!
Excellent customer service is the best way to maintain and retain customers. Sometimes things happen, and a customer is left unhappy with a product or your service. Having a well-developed plan to deal with unhappy customers will only serve you in the long run.
When you first start selling online, your routine changes! There are certain habits you need to keep to make the most of your new system. Here are some of our best practices:
“The analytics and reporting tools are awesome! I can easily have an overview of our orders without having to do any data entry myself. The biggest benefit I’ve had since using Local Line is how much time it saves me!”
If you want to survive as a farm, you have to operate as a business. By operating efficiently and effectively, over time, you will find ways to reach all customers. When is the last time you reviewed your prices?
At Local Line, many of our customers have set up awesome stores for a variety of uses! Need some inspiration to get started? Here are some online stores that are doing it right!