Reap the Full Benefits of Pre-Orders using Listee

How Listee is optimized for your business.

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During the pandemic lockdowns, you might notice the exponential increase in the number of new, social media-based businesses, selling all sorts of products from hot meals to “sustainable” dog leashes. We can bet with a high degree of confidence that you know at least someone who falls into this category of “pandemopreneurs”, having a full-time job at a company but doing a small business on the side. You yourself might fall into this category, singularly managing everything from gathering orders, production, and finally fulfillment. If you happen to be one of these people, we applaud you for starting a venture during such a difficult time, we ourselves were inspired to build Listee based on one of our member’s online food business.

Now let’s get technical.

We’ll dive into the nuances of running a small business, particularly if your business is in the F&B industry.

Listee is built specifically for preorders. What is a pre-order? We’ll first see the two components that make up an order:

  • When the order was made (Order Creation Time)
  • When the order is fulfilled (Expected Fulfillment Time/Date)

On-Demand orders are made by customers who expect immediate fulfillment after making the order. Think of restaurants, where you can just come in anytime you’d like and expect to eat within a short amount of time (20–30 minutes) after making the order. Online food platforms also functions in a similar way; you order items on your phone and expect them to be delivered to you within the hour.

Pre-Orders are defined as orders meant to be fulfilled at a significant later time from the order creation. This type of order is prevalent for lean establishments. You would place an order and expect to get the item at a certain future date.

  • When the latest time is to make the order (Order Close/Cut-off)
  • Fulfillment dates (PO Time Slots)
  • Item availability for selected times (PO Item Slots)
  • Customer chooses a “PO Slot” or timeslot where fulfillment happens
  • Customer then chooses the items that are available for that slot
  • Customer completes the transaction by filling up name, address, and payment information
  • More time to make orders, may result in higher-quality items
  • Minimize food waste since demand for a certain time period is exactly known
  • Maximize productivity since there is no longer guesswork involved to know demand, it is set and staffing needs can be planned exactly

Using Listee to handle Food Pre-Orders

Listee is optimized for F&B businesses following a preorder fulfillment model.

“Next PO on Date Y”

Doing it from the Internal Dashboard:

1. Go to the “Slots & Quota” tab the Dashboard, and click on the “Add Single or Recurring Timeslots” button
2. On the modal that pops up, firstly select your production date (singular) on the left calendar, then choose the Timeslots (the time ranges are not configurable yet). Click “Add Slot”.
3. The timeslots you just created will show up on the “Upcoming Slots” section.

What it looks like on your Virtual Store:

4. This is what the customer sees when they enter your virtual store. Customer will then click the date/timeslot section.
5. Customer chooses the available dates and timeslots, dates and timeslots you didn’t create cannot be selected by the customer Once the customer is done, the customer clicks the “Select Timeslot”.

“X Slots available on Date Y”

1. For the timeslots you’ve created, click the “Quota” button.
2. Enter quota/availability for each item. Blank input means there is no limit to the number of items available and “0” means the item is sold out.

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