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Buying Groups Shopping Lists & Repurchasing

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Shopping Lists & Order Repurchasing Features

Today we’ll be discussing buying groups shopping list and order repurchasing. For buying groups, one of the big benefits is that customers are getting discounts that are rather significant depending on the relationship with the vendors. However, if their systems are not set up properly it can be quite a cumbersome process to use.

Shopping list and reorders can be a really key benefit to reducing this kind of transactional overhead. Whenever a shopping list is set up, it's different from a wish list in that a shopping list can be reused over and over again. Furthermore, whenever the items from the shopping list are added to the cart, you can individually add them or add the entire list. They then remain in the shopping list, unless they are directly removed. This is nice when repurchasing items.

User Workflows & Ease of Use

Setting Up Shopping Lists

A really nice thing about a shopping list is that you can set up multiple shopping lists, name them, and then organize them so that they meet whatever desire you might have. For example, imagine you have a retail venue or restaurant that you are buying for. You would need to purchase items for the kitchen, and often they are repeat items. As such, you could set up a kitchen list. Then, you need to keep the dining location stocked with napkins and other essentials; there is another list. Each list can contain whatever items are associated with those different locations within the business, making it easier to find the items you know you need to repurchase. The possibilities are endless in creating an organized list system, allowing for easier inventory management.

This also makes it easier whenever you make a new location as a member, such as opening another chain of business. When this sort of scenario occurs, you will need to purchase all of the supplies, which can be a rather redundant and time-consuming task. With shopping lists, however, you can go to those different lists and just add items to the shopping list items that pertain to that particular new location or just simply add all the items from the list. This is a helpful way to prevent a member from having to manually go and recreate searches and filters and find items every single time they need to purchase the same item.

Intuitive User Interface / Experience

Navigating Shopping List & Detailed Information

Of course, there are times it may be beneficial for users to go and do some investigation on the items themselves. They can do this easily from a shopping list. From the shopping list page, the user can click on an item to be directed to their product details page, allowing them to easily go and read reviews and find more detailed information. This way they can ensure that it is the correct product they want to purchase before updating their shopping list for future use or completing the purchase.

Ultimately, the idea behind a shopping list is helping members that are coming to your buying group e-commerce site in order to make a large purchase or a purchase of items that they consistently need. They will want to do that with his minimal overhead as possible, so having the shopping lists can let them skip through the shopping portion and just go straight to the purchasing portion of the buying process.

Adding, Removing, & Editing Shopping Lists

Shopping List Content

Another thing to consider is how easy it is to add and remove items to the shopping list. One of the things that we typically recommend with buying groups that want a shopping list, is that there be a simple user interface for adding items on the wish list to the shopping list or favorite list etc. It’s important for all the different types of lists to be easily used in conjunction, and keeping a simple system to move items across them aids in that. For this, a shopping list would have a little icon that shows up or a drop-down selector that allows the user to take an item and put it into the shopping list quickly. They can also select which shopping list the item goes into, so there is no worry if there are multiple different shopping lists the user utilizes. As each list can be named, they find the particular shopping list they're looking for easily.

And finally, the user may want to change which items are in the shopping list immediately, add items to the cart, be it individual items or the entirety of the list, directly from the shopping list itself. This is all possible from the shopping list detail view within a particular shopping list.

Reordering and Accessibility

Reordering and Accessibility

These are all really nice convenience capabilities that allow buyers who are looking to complete a transaction to have a quick and easy purchasing experience. They know that if they purchased something before and they simply need to purchase it again, they can efficiently do so with the use of a shopping list. It allows them to cut through the extra steps of having to go to the product detail page of every single item, add something to their card, and then finally check out. They can do this in bulk, and they can do it quickly, without any of the hassle of going through the typical searching and filtering and product detail views process.

Like wish lists, shopping lists can be shared with other folks or remain private, depending on its purpose. This allows shared accounts to have user specific lists, and then, if desired, they can be shared with a shared link.

Whenever it comes time to reorder off the shopping list, it may be important to have this capability role locked. We encourage you to think about that as well as think about which roles should have these abilities and which roles should even have access. There could be an approval process that different roles go through if there is still concern about unnecessary or incorrect purchases being made. So maybe different folks in the purchasing Department can add items, but only folks in the finance Department can approve the order and complete a check out with those items added to the cart.

How Can Clarity Help

Clarity Buying Group Solution Experts

So those are some of the considerations we recommend thinking about when looking at group purchasing, buying group eCommerce, and the shopping list and reorder functionality. We certainly hope this helps you create a more effective marketplace. In case you'd like additional information on these topics, we’ve provided more complimentary resources below. We'd be happy to provide you with a demo or just a direct phone consultation at no additional charge. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you.

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