Maximize your 40 hours a week

Reduce your time spent ordering to drive sales and grow your store

I’m Emily, the Produce Department Manager at a medium-sized independent grocer in Maine. I’ve worked in food for a decade, and I’ve made Forager a central piece of my strategy to expand local while making my department & store a great place to work and shop.

I’m Emily, the Produce Department Manager at a medium-sized independent grocer in Maine. I’ve worked in food for a decade, and I’ve made Forager a central piece of my strategy to expand local while making my department & store a great place to work and shop.

My Co-op has a size-able local program, sourcing from over 100 local suppliers across departments. Managing this many vendor relationships can be time consuming and comes with its own challenges, but it is important! I also strive to operate sustainably, maintain a happy work environment for my staff, support farmers, participate in new store initiatives, and engage in community outreach… all in 40 hours a week


How do I do it?  Well, my to-do list has become much more manageable since we started using Forager, a digital procurement system that allows us to buy more local and re-allocate time towards important store initiatives.  Here’s how my typical day as Produce Manager goes with Forager:

  1. I start my morning by logging into Forager to see the day’s scheduled deliveries to prepare my staff for the flow of the day. 

  2. My staff gets started on creating signage for the products getting delivered that week using information listed in Forager. They also develop stocking plans to expedite receiving & rotating the product into inventory.

  3. I walk the department and take inventory, then go to Forager to see what’s available, and view today's order deadlines listed in Forager by my suppliers.  This helps me to be sure I get the most urgent orders done right away and gives me a preview of what deadlines are coming.

  4. I use the favorites feature extensively - it helps me quickly identify my preferred products so I know I’m getting the freshest produce available and honoring my farmer commitments.

  5. After I have added the items to my cart, all my orders from different suppliers can be done with 2 clicks on my phone, computer, or tablet.

The whole process, including taking inventory of the backstock, takes about 1 hour, allowing me more time to then review the signage, re-stocking plans, etc. From there, I begin to focus on the strategic task of the day.

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