ePlantSource is an online broker of live goods to professional greenhouse growers in North America. This proprietary eCommerce site provides growers a self-service, price efficient system to place, track and edit orders. Because the online storefront streamlines the supply chain, provides up to the moment availability, and furnishes instant order updates and shipment notifications, ePlantSource allows for faster order management, giving growers more time to do what they love.
ePlantSource was born from a commitment to taking the industry to new standards. With systems innovations that will save time, centralize processes, and organize information, ePlantSource is the answer many growers have been looking for.
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Ordering & Real-Time Availability
Some of the biggest challenges in the industry are how to determine who will have availability of what you need week by week throughout the season and then placing and maintaining individual orders with each of those suppliers. It is a very time consuming activity that has been relegated to the brokerages and is, in fact, the main reason that the entire industry is one of the few remaining that still uses a brokerage system.
The main logistical problem with a page like this is performance. With potentially tens of thousands of availability records being populated into a single non-paged grid, you can imagine how much time that might take to prepare and display to the user. We put significant time into that issue and are now able to render a grid of 20,000 availability records in just a few seconds. On the order summary page, you can choose how you'd like to pay
Credit Card Management
Direct integration with Authorize.net allows us to securely store all credit card information offsite in the Authorize.net vault in a way that is fully compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Credit cards are charged through additional Authorize.net API automatically at the appropriate time.
Online Product Catalog
Customers can browse the product catalog to see pictures and get all kinds of other information about each product offered by every supplier. This kind of detailed catalog providing information from so many different sources is a rarity in the industry.
Customer e-mail notifications occur instantly when an order is placed, changed or shipped, when a supplier has any communications they are sending out, etc. This automatic communication mechanism is very important for any internet based business because it provides timely communications to your customers without the need for extensive personnel.