Driftless Co-Option uses ordering software provided by Foodclub.org. It allows us to sort multiple vendors into several catalogs and for members to split cases of bulk food. It may look a little intimidating at first because of all the features, but the basic ordering procedure isn’t complicated.
Our ordering generally runs on a 4-week cycle and you can find those dates on the main page after you log in. You’ll get to the catalogs from the dropdown menu. There is a link to your shopping cart on the top left part of the page.
To choose a catalog, click on the dropdown menu. Depending on what point it is in the ordering cycle, some catalogs may be open and some may be locked. If it says * LOCKED after the catalog name, it is closed, and you will not be able to order from it. If it doesn’t say that it’s locked, it is open and you can order from there until the due date listed.
After clicking on an open catalog, the main catalog page will have a description of the kind of items it contains.
After clicking on an open catalog, the main catalog page will have a description of the kind of items it contains. On the left sidebar there are links for managing your order for that catalog. Click ORDER to add items to your order. The Group Order link shows all member items ordered for this catalog.
If you’d like to see ALL of the things you’ve ordered so far in the current cycle, you can go back up to the top left sidebar and click on “Shopping Cart.” And if you’d like to search for a specific item across all of the catalogs, click on the Search bar above the dropdown Catalog menu.
If you need to change the quantity or remove an item you’ve ordered, that’s easy too. Simply go back to that catalog, click ORDER to open the order page and update your items as desired.
There you go. There are a few other features on the ordering website you can use, but that’s all that’s needed for a basic order. If you still have questions, feel free to contact our Member Coordinator for help.
After the catalogs close, we place the orders with our vendors. Shipments arrive at the warehouse and get re-packed and labeled. Then you pick up your things on Pickup Day.