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Welcome Damara Co-op

By Malcolm Blaney on
Most co-ops and bulk buying groups are starting to wind down this time of year, but Damara Co-op are just getting started so it's nice to see a few orders happening! They are a group who order bulk dry goods about once a month, and are located near Peregian on the Sunshine Coast.

The new Lettuceshare pricing structure is perfect for this sort of group. When you only place a few orders you get all the benefits of using the software without needing to worry about the cost.

For everyone who is taking a break soon, I hope you enjoy the holidays! It's been great working with everyone this year and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do in the new year.
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Welcome to Lettuceshare, Barefoot Bio Farming!

By Malcolm Blaney on
Barefoot Bio Farming run a farm in Ravenshoe, far north Queensland and have been using Lettuceshare for a few months. They heard about the software from another group using Lettuceshare, Hairy Legs Organics near Cairns.

As a primary producer they supply other groups, but also pack boxes directly for their own customers. Lettuceshare is a great way for farmers to manage that process and can handle the fortnightly ordering process that Barefoot Bio Farming uses. A warm welcome to all the new members up north!
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Buying Group Map

By Malcolm Blaney on
I've just added a map to the Lettuceshare home page showing buying group locations. The website gets a few requests from people wanting to join a group, so hopefully this will point them in the right direction. I also want to help people discover an amazing group that could be right next door!



It's centered around Brisbane, because that's where most of the groups using Lettuceshare are based, but I'm happy to change that. I would love to hear from other food co-ops and buying groups that would like to be added to the map! If you have suggestions let me know, they don't need to be using Lettuceshare, just an interest in being contacted by new potential members.
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Email Delivery

By Malcolm Blaney on
Have any of your members mentioned that they don't receive email from Lettuceshare because they have a Bigpond or Hotmail account? There hasn't been much of a solution for that until now, because the companies that run these services decide who they want to deliver mail from.

To get around this problem, I've added a new feature to Lettuceshare that will deliver your mail via a gmail account. The idea is that Bigpond, Hotmail and anyone else holding up email delivery are more likely to trust email from Google. You can enable this feature on any account by going to the settings page and clicking the forward email button:



You will then get an email from Google, asking you to confirm that Lettuceshare can forward you email from lettucesharesender@gmail. Once you have followed the link provided, all your email from Lettuceshare will be delivered this way. You can turn off forwarding at any time too. Hopefully this feature is helpful for some members in your group.
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Ordering page updates

By Malcolm Blaney on
I've made a few changes to Lettuceshare this morning that will be quite noticeable, so this is an update about them. A few people have asked for more space on the ordering page to view product names, so to allow this I've removed the supplier column. Also some people didn't want to see the supplier column at all, so this fixes both issues.

The grower information is still shown under the product field at the top of the page, when there's information available. Grower information is usually imported in stock lists, but it can also be added manually on the stock page. I've also updated the product field when viewing all products so that it searches for the product in the grid. It will now highlight the row, and if you use category tabs it will switch to the correct tab for you.

Lastly, to further highlight the growers our suppliers are buying from, I've switched the default format over to displaying grower information in invoices. If anyone would prefer to show the supplier name in invoices just let me know.
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Welcome to Lettuceshare

By Malcolm Blaney on
I love a co-op with a good name, so very happy to welcome Hairy Legs Organics to Lettuceshare!

They're based in Kuranda, which is just out of Cairns, and sounds like they have a great community established. If you live up that way I'm sure they would love to hear from you.
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Lettuceshare Development Support

By Malcolm Blaney on
Lettuceshare has been going for nearly 5 years now, and the site wouldn't have happened without the wonderful co-ops and bulk buyers groups that use it on a regular basis. Thanks to everyone for your support and feedback over the years!

Despite what you may have heard, Lettuceshare isn't a big operation and software development has generally happened on a part-time basis. I've been chatting with different groups over the last year about how to best fund new software development, and am glad to say some groups have been enthusiastic about providing extra support. This basically means I can spend more of my time improving the software for all users.

Lettuceshare development supporters pay an extra $50 per month, and subscribe for the calendar year. This means some long term development can be planned, and these groups are invited to participate in the development discussion. All groups using Lettuceshare are welcome to join!

So a big extra thanks to the following supporters so far in 2018:

Ipswich Good Food Group
Turnstyle Bulk Buyers
Midweek Members Market
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Grid Changes

By Malcolm Blaney on
The Lettuceshare stock page went through some big changes last year, and I received a lot of feedback about it, which I really appreciate. Some of the feedback showed that a few of the changes made things harder to do, instead of easier, which obviously wasn't the aim! I'd like to thank everyone for their patience as we've worked out the best way to improve the stock page and Lettuceshare as a whole, going forward.

With that in mind, I've just rolled out another set of changes to the stock page which I hope addresses some of the issues. This change actually goes further than fixing a few problems, it starts a whole new way of interacting with the grid. The grid is an important part of many pages in Lettuceshare, and every page that uses it has now been updated. If you load a page expecting to see the grid and it's not shown, please reload the page to get the updated version.

The biggest change to the grid is that it no longer has a set height. The purpose of this change was to remove the double scrolling effect, which was the annoying behaviour of not knowing if the grid was scrolling or the browser window itself. Now it's just the browser window, which means the paging options at the bottom of the grid are no longer required either.

Back to the stock page, the biggest change you will notice there is that it now includes a filter. You will see input fields at the top of the grid, and typing in any of these fields will update the grid for rows that match the combination of filters you have provided.



Check box filters require 1 or 0, the others just match text. Clearing all the filters will return you to the full list. (Although there are a few column options that update what's shown in the grid - Supplier Availability and Hidden).

Unlike autocomplete fields found elsewhere in Lettuceshare, the grid filter matches at the start of the string. To match more rows, you can also start your filter with an asterisk:

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone is feeling excited about their co-ops and buying groups starting back up again for the year. Here's an interesting article that will hopefully provide some thought and inspiration for all of us coming back from holidays :-)
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Snubbing the Supermarkets

By Malcolm Blaney on
Great work from West End Bulk Buyers and Chewsday Food Collective last night at Wandering Cooks! Katy and Jessie shared how our community supports the local food movement, to a very receptive audience. Was a fun night, looking forward to the next one in the new year.



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Lettuceshare Development

By Malcolm Blaney on


Do you want to see photos of the beautiful produce you're buying when you place your order in Lettuceshare? If yes, then talk to your group about joining the Lettuceshare Patreon page, because this is the first goal!

We're already half way towards meeting the goal, and buying groups who join Patreon as a developer will get a say in the future development of the software. Individual members are also welcome to join the page as supporters. Now is the perfect time to get involved in the project. More information and sign-up is available at: https://www.patreon.com/lettuceshare
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