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Next up, all Member Assembler accounts in 2012 will include access to the ecommerce tools to sell items to their members at no cost beyond the normal service fees for Member Assembler. We are trying to make it as easy as possible to service your customers and drive sales, so it was a no-brainer to package these services together and remove another barrier to your entry into the world of online sales.
If you are already delivering CSA boxes to your customers, selling "extra" items like honey, flour, or soaps is an obvious way to get great products into the hands of your customers that do not make sense for a CSA box. It is also a way to drive a little extra income for your CSA! Our ecommerce tool takes all of the burden of the ordering aspect of this off your shoulders -- so it is just up to you to print the report and figure out the logistics of actually getting the product into your customer's hands.
It's not just "extras" sales, the ecommerce tool could be used as full CSA box customization if you want to allow your customers to do this! Box customization is another logistical hurdle but I know many CSAs are moving in this direction as competition for CSA customers increases.
I just wrote up an extensive "how-to" on setting up your online store for sales to your Member Assembler customers. Read it here:
We're looking forward to another great year of Member Assembler -- our industry leading CSA member management tool -- let us know if you have any questions on the service generally or the changes we are making for 2012.