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How does it work?

  1. Forager provides free online tools to publish your product catalogs and availability lists
  2. Buyers can search, sort, filter and favorite your products to make ordering fast and easy
  3. Buyers create Purchase Orders on Forager that get sent directly to your email
  4. After delivery, buyers approve orders for payment and you receive funds electronically

How do payments work?

Forager offers free Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) from your buyers directly to your checking or savings account. Payments are automatically scheduled based on the payment terms you have set with your buyers and typically reach your bank account faster than a check.

What about my relationships?

We want you to build relationships with your buyers more not less! Buyers typically receive 20-30 product lists or more each week. By organizing and sorting them online, your buyers will have more time to talk to you about product quality, future availability, and unique products they are looking for to attract more consumers.

What about my customers who don't use Forager?

Forager's online publishing tool is designed to be shared with all of your buyers, not just the ones using Forager. Once you publish your product list, you can easily share it via email, spreadsheet, or link. You won't have to update two lists, and all your buyers will enjoy an easy access to your online availability list.

Can I meet new Buyers?

Forager is helping suppliers meet new buyers by making in person introductions where we can. We work with grocers all across Maine and our list keeps growing! In the future we hope to make even more connections through our network and innovative technology.

Is it really free?

Yep! No cost to suppliers for listing products, receiving orders, and getting payments. In the future, we have plans to offer premium features like product promotions and sale items, similar to sites like Amazon and Etsy, but these basic features will always be free.

Does it integrate with Quickbooks?

EFT Payments from Forager go directly to your bank account. For each payment your Quickbooks bank register will display the total amount and a unique identifier for each buyer. Using the matching feature Quickbooks will match payments to invoices in your system automatically and mark them as paid.

How does this change what I do now?

For your availability list:

Most local suppliers currently send out an availability list by email or do frequent sales phone calls. By instead updating your Forager product list regularly, your benefit is two-fold:

For Forager buyers, they will be able to access your live product and pricing catalog on the platform, and of course, order, track those orders, manage invoices and pay electronically. Soon, you will also be able to tag new, sale or otherwise featured items.

For your buyers not (yet) on Forager, instead of repeatedly sending them static lists of your most recent availability, you can instead send them your regular outreach email along with a link to your Forager Public Page, which provides a real-time availability and price list.

For Purchase Orders:

All Purchase Orders are sent to your email. Once you receive the email purchase order, you can reply directly to it, and Forager will consolidate all communication related to that order in the same email thread in your inbox. This thread will include the final notification that you have been paid through EFT.

While it is not a comprehensive Order Management platform at this time, by setting up an email filter, all Purchase Orders coming in through Forager could go into one folder for easier management and tracking.

For Invoicing:

You can continue to invoice just as you did before. We do recommend that if you use Quickbooks, you enter the Forager Purchase Order # so there will always be an easy way to reconcile them. Your buyers also have a way to record your invoice number on their electronic invoice, which in turn makes your original invoice number show up on your bank statement line item for bookkeeping purposes.

Is this a price comparison tool?

Nope, it is not a price comparison tool. Forager provides a way for buyers who already love your products to order and pay for them much more easily. You have control over which buyers can see your pricing, and also set different prices for different buyers. Think of it as a closed network of your current relationships. Down the road, we will be growing our ability to facilitate introductions to new buyers if you are looking to expand. We look forward to talking to you about your specific needs one-on-one.