Welcome to CropsDirect!
This is a free site that allows producers and customers to buy and sell food. The site helps with finding the best price from many offers, however the actual exchange of money and goods happens offline.
Use the Contact form if you have further suggestions and comments. This is a free service so we'll do the best that we can!
A quick overview of the way the site works is shown below.
The Home Page of the site doesn't have much happening. Users can see all Customers who need Food (customer tenders) & All Food for Sale (producer auctions). These tenders and auctions are displayed on the map and in the table below the map (nearest to furthest).
Clicking on the available links opens up the details of the various Customers who need Food, and Food for Sale auctions.
Users need to sign up with a valid email address and login to actually use the site.
Once a Producer is logged in, several options become available including:
1. Making offers to customers who need food under Customers who need Food
2. Creating auctions to sell stock of food (explained in more detail below)
3. Keeping track of all offers made to customers
4. Keeping track of all auctions to sell stock of food
If a Producer has stock (or is trying to figure out whether it's worthwhile to produce stock), click on 'I Want to Sell Food'. A form will open up which needs to be filled in. The location can be determined from the device being used, or by entering into the text box.
The graphic shows what the finished Food for Sale auction looks like and will appear under 'Food for Sale'
This graphic shows what a potential buyer of food would see on the listed auction. There's a link at the bottom to 'Click here to make an offer to buy food'. This link opens up a simple page for the buyer to make an offer in terms of price and quantity. An unlimited number of buyers can make offers for the food, which will be listed with the best offer at the top.
The buyers cannot see each others contact details, but can see what prices other buyers have offered.
This option shows what the Producer will see after a few offers have been made.
The Producer can see the contact details of all the potential customers, along with the ratings (users can rate each other) and the link to the profiles (users can create profiles to see whom they're dealing with).
Customers who have logged in will have similar options, namely, to create tenders for producers to make offers to supply, etc. Traders will have the options of both Producers and Customers.
A sample contract is available at the link below for those who require it.