Aggregation & Distribution Considerations for Food Hubs

Online Platforms & Software Considerations:

There are many options for marketplace/ sales platform software, including:

  • LIST OF SOFTWARES HERE—->

Local Food Marketplace is the food hub software that most Alaskan Food Hubs use for many reasons:
  • The support team is responsive
  • Commitment to the idea of food hubs and have experience operating them
  • Always updating the software to fix bugs and add new features
  • Offer several add-on features, like route planning
  • Offer generous terms for trialing software
  • System is scalable and contractable


Financial Tracking & Payments

It is highly recommended that you utilize financial services websites to streamline your bookkeeping. The main websites used by food hubs to help manage their finances, run payroll, and pay out vendors include:

  • Quickbooks
  • Bookkeeping.com
  • Bill.com 

This may require hiring a bookkeeper to audit your books every month. While it is fine for the food hub manager to help manage the producer and customer accounts daily, its a best financial and accounting practice to have a separate bookkeeper or accountant check over your numbers and report each month on your profits and losses. This set of recommendations may seem like a lot at first but it is one of the guaranteed ways to save you time and money in time in the long run.

 

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