What is the need / problem
Our business model includes a fee charged to our producers on every product sold - a percentage to the price, per item. This is identical to a flat % per item sales fee available as an Enterprise Fee now - except charged to the producer, not the customer.
Who does it impact
Hubs who share operating expenses between the customers shopping at them, and the producers who supply the hub. The fee is collected to cover handling, distribution, marketing, and costs related to getting products from the producer to the customer in an OC.
What is the current impact of this problem
CLFC is unable to make a transition to the OFN platform without the ability to charge fees back to the producers.
What is the benefit in focusing on this
This would remove a huge roadblock in CLFC transitioning its business to the OFN platform, bringing over 1700 registered members, including around 120 producers, in the process.
Potential solutions that will solve this problem
An additional field in Enterprise Fees - “Paid by” - would be the simplest solution I can think of, at a high level. IE: Paid by customer. Paid by producer. Paid by hub. Not sure why a hub would charge itself a fee … but you never know!
The code behind it would be much more complicated than “just add a field,” obviously. Depending on the database structure, maybe that wouldn’t be an option. But if I had my hands in the code, (sorry, didn’t learn enough Ruby to be useful here) that’s where I would start.