Powering Local Food

Bucky Box - powering local food

The Bucky Box team are committed to using our energy on the most important challenge of our lifetimes.

 

 

There’s no shortage of projects, initiatives and causes where you could focus your energy these days – everywhere you look there’s industrial age systems and institutions which are crumbling.

 

In the 20th century we saw a huge focus on food production as a key to food utopia for all. With a growing population (4.4 billion to 6.1 billion between 1980-2000), some would say that was rather wise. Whilst we’ve boomed to 7 billion people and are forecast to hit 9-10 billion by 2020, we have to ask – at what cost has that focus on production had?

 

The existing food distribution infrastructure is incompatible with what we now know about the ecological and societal limits of agriculture – it’s time to roll up our sleeves and do something about it – that’s why we’re committed to powering the future of food.

 

We see food distribution as an acupuncture point in the food system – use the needle correctly and it can release a build up of pressure. Bucky Box is that needle – it’s a tool for entrepreneurs, community activators, and ethical businesses who are creating a better food system through local food enterprise.

 

We see building software for local food distributors to crush the admin burden as incredibly important – with only a small amount of talking to people running direct-to-customer delivery businesses, you’ll soon start hearing horror stories about hacked together IT systems and death-by-spreadsheet. Taking a hammer to this glass ceiling for local food enterprise is our aim.

 

Bucky Box - Powering Local Food

 

How does Bucky Box help with all this?

 

Sell Your Food

Customise and launch your online store in minutes and never drop a sale. An online store that syncs directly with your admin dashboard so you don’t have to manually pull in all those pesky email order notifications from your shopping cart. Our online store is designed from the ground-up for food businesses to engage their customers.

Bucky Box - Online Store Shopping Cart - Local Food Software

 

Manage Customers

Take the pain out of customer management with our admin console. Get a customer snapshot any time with profiles, account balances and order statuses. Nurture loyal customers with newsletters and direct email straight from your database. Be open 24/7 – customers can manage their own orders online, whatever time of the day.

Bucky Box - Easy Customer Contact and Management for Vege Box Schemes CSA and Local Food enterprises

 

Fulfill Orders

Instantly know what needs to go where, and when. Take the heavy lifting out of packing day admin with one click reports. A drag & drop interface makes delivery route planning easy.

Packing and Delivery reporting for Local Food delivery businesses

 

Easy Payments
Save time and stop trying to manually match accounts with our bulk payment reconciliation of bank transactions, cash & cheques. Ensure account balances are up to date, and your customers are happy.

Bulk Payment Reconciliation for Food Delivery Businesses

 

Interested to hear more and get to work?

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Roadmaps and Change logs

How do you have your say over the future of Bucky Box?

 

Roadmap

 

We want to spare you the technical jargon when it comes to software design and development, but we do highly value your feedback to help us build world class software for local food. Software for you.

 

Soon we will be releasing our change log which will help you keep tabs on the various improvements, fixes and updates that go on with Bucky Box week to week. Like all good new generation software, there are constant upgrades and improvements – they’re not rolled out in expensive new upgrades like Windows.

 

We have a extensive roadmap of features we would like to add to improve Bucky Box, but we still listen intently to what our community has to say – whether you’re a current customer, or someone looking to use Bucky Box in the future.

 

You can have your say in our Ideas Forum here.

 

We use the Ideas Forum to get your ideas and keep you updated on their progress, but also to allow our community to vote on them to help us prioritise those which help people the most. We highly recommend you jump in there and vote on other people’s ideas and have your own say.

 

We will be listening to your feedback and meshing it with our own knowledge gained from hundreds of conversations with local food entrepreneurs and distributors from around the world, to bring you the best possible software solution for local food.

 

Go to the Ideas Forum and share your ideas for Bucky Box now!

Ask Bucky Box…

Webinar Series - Software for Local Food

Hi folks,

 

We know that you may have heard about how software can help your local food enterprise, but you’re still likely to have some questions / doubts / ideas about what it can do for your local food service.

 

We’re putting together a webinar series to field some of those questions – they’ll be a series of small group webinars to maximise the amount of questions and feedback you’re able to get – likely 5 or 6 people on the call at a time. We’re grouping them into three distinct batches:

 

  • “Convince Me” – people / enterprises who are interested but have too many questions to spend the time learning a new system. You probably want to see the solution and ask questions before diving in.
  • “Lets Roll” – people / enterprises who have signed up for Bucky Box, but need a few questions answered to help them get set up. Whether it’s the language used, or how bits interact, you just need a little help to get started.
  • “Leadership Material” – people / enterprises who are getting into the stride of things with Bucky Box, but would like some hints and tips to get the most out of things. You don’t know, what you don’t know, right?

 

So, to that end, please drop us your details here – we’ll be in touch soon!

 

‘Fuelling the Foodbox’ : Unlimited Magazine feature the Local Food Startup Challenge

unlimited_magazine_NZ_Local Food Startup Challenge

 

Whilst we’ve not even full announced our coming challenge ourselves yet, we decided to give a little of the inside scoop to our friends at Unlimited Magazine.

 

We’re excited to soon announce the challenge fully, which will give you the opportunity to build that Local Food business that you’ve always wanted to get started, or add a little dose of rocket fuel to your business if you’re under a year old still.

 

We’re stoked to be able to support the grass roots local food movement with an exciting bunch of partners behind us. The site will be live at http://challenge.buckybox.com soon – but if you’re super keen to be on the inside track, you can sign up for more information there now.

 

You can read the full Unlimited Magazine scoop of the Local Food Startup Challenge here.

Happy Holidays from Bucky Box

Bucky Box wishes you all Holiday Gretings!

It’s been a massive year for the Local Food movement around the world, and all of the team here at Bucky Box would like to wish everyone working on a better food system, a fantastic festive holiday season!

 

We’re recouping and refueling, ready for another big year in 2013 – we have some big plans on the horizon, and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you all as soon as possible.

 

We’re hugely grateful for the support and love of our partners, our friends and our families, in this past year which has had many highlights for us.  Here’s a couple of our favourite company highlights from 2012:

 

We hope you’ve all been having a fantastic holiday, and that you’ll be back at it in 2013, with even more passion, determination & creativity than before!

 Bucky Box wishes you a Happy Holiday

Bucky Box talks to Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill

Listen to Bucky Box speak to Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand

Yesterday we were lucky enough to join the International Press Personality of the Year, Kim Hill, on her Saturday morning show.

 

We thought it would be wise to say congratulations for her recent award, so we took along a Box chocked full of lovely organic produce! We’re cursing ourselves for not taking a photo now – Kim looked very chuffed with the Jerusalem Artichoke & Garlic shoots particularly!

 

It was a fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of one of our nation’s most-listened to radio shows, and Mark (the fantastic producer of the show) let us know we’d be talking live to around 200’000 Kiwi’s just before going live. Thanks Mark.

 

Listen to Will & Sam talk about Food Distribution & Bucky Box on Saturday Morning with Kim Hill here:

 

You can see Kim Hill’s Saturday morning online here, and check them out on Twitter at @RNZ_SatMorning

Stories from Local Food heroes

Sometimes you just have to be in awe of the local food community. The amount of people who believe so much in their service to get food from farm to plate, that they’ll put up with crazy-complicated spreadsheets, late nights, and still smile graciously when those systems let them down once again.

 

Today, I’m happy to post this….

Bucky Box wants to give you your life back - upgrade your spreadsheets today!

 

We’re lucky enough to speak to a lot of people thinking of starting local food schemes, or already running them, and the stories we hear time and time again are the ‘just in time’ ones….

 

“I realised that the software would cost upwards of 10′s of thousands of dollars to build, and was almost ready to give up on the idea, but then I opened the paper and read that Herald article, and thought ‘Hallelujah!’ someone’s already doing it! I had to get in touch, it’s exactly what I need, at a tiny fraction what it would cost to build myself.”

 

That was a snippet from yesterday’s conversation with an NZ distributor who’s been in the market game for 11 years and is keen to start home delivery. I sometimes feel floored when we hear these things as it makes it feel like our efforts worthwhile.  Naturally, from here the product has to match the expectations, but with the new interface I believe we’re there…

 

“We had to reduce the size of the scheme as the admin burden was ruining my family life, which is ironic as it was always supposed to be a lifestyle business.”

 

… was another one we heard recently. It makes you want to hug people sometimes, but instead we need to get them a login…

 

Go on, if you’re still running on spreadsheets, or know someone that is – take a peek at what we can do to help your local food business.