Open source software that can enable hubs to optimize their logistics would be a interesting feature to integrate into the platform. We can use them as stand alone to include in a hub ‘toolkit’ in the meantime.
I can use it to manage my producer pick ups, as well as route my deliveries and packing list. One of the big obstacles that local food systems run into is the streamlining of the ‘final mile’
Local hub accepts pick up or delivery (likely with a fee for delivery)
Create a report based on orders for delivery that will export addresses to optimize the delivery route. Some of these systems allow you to select multiple vehicles, such that as you expand your market, the system will still be able to support you.
Packing lists for deliveries can then be produced per vehicle and include any pertinent customer input delivery notes (leave at door etc…), and that will enable you to pack the vehicles on a FILO (First In Last Out) basis.
Hub producers: optimize pick up from producers to hubs