Frequently asked questions
How many people do I need to start a Box Divvy Food Hub?
A Box Divvy Food Hub usually needs 15 families (45 people) to start a Hub. The average Hub is between 20-25 people working together to share boxes.
What do I need to start a Box Divvy Food Hub?
To Run a Box Divvy Food Hub you need to understand that you have a committment to providing an ongoing service to your members. You don't just shut the Hub if you go on holidays. See Replacement Hubster requirement - this is a must do.
Is Box Divvy a Franchise?
No. Box Divvy is not a franchise. You do not pay anything to run a Hub. You are connected directly with growers and food wholesalers so at order cutoff you and your members pay for your produce and groceries online. You run your own Box Divvy Food Hub and use the ordering platform to run your Food Hub.
What is a Starting Order?
‘Starting Order’ the Hubster sets up weekly before 10am on Start Order day.
Who is a Hubster?
The Hubster is the person who runs the Hub. They have the Food Hub at their place and coordinate and run the Box Divvy Food Hub.
What is the name of the people who join your Food Hub?
People who join your food Hub are referred to as members.
What is a SPLIT or share box?
After you have done the Starting Order you will see to the right of the order page SPLITS. The Hubster or member select which produce or food items you wish to share. These are the SPLITS or ‘Share Boxes’ located on the right of the ordering page.
The Hubster needs to check not too many are listed there otherwise no one box will get sold. Basically the group pitch in to share them. Some wholesalers will require a minimum order from the group so read requirements carefully.
Note: the member selects a number range ie I'll have 2-4 of passionfruit. The reason is we don't know how many people will share the box until the end. So the system takes the largest number each person requests until the box is sold and then shares it amongst them.
How do I promote my Box Divvy Food Hub?
Your members will be online and we know from experience that Facebook works. So we do give you a Box Divvy Facebook page. You need to use this in conjunction with your personal page to promote the HUb. Ask everyone to like share and follow your page.
Contact Community groups also.
We provide weekly stories and photos plus you use your own ie recipes, what you cooked, price comparisons.
A flyer template is given but use these like a business card when you meet people. Letterbox drops don't really work anymore.
You can purchase Facebook advertisements if you wish to promote your page locally.
Word of mouth is the most powerful means for promoting your Food Hub. Going to local activities like mothers groups, sports functions in your area to promote your Box Divvy Food Hub is a good way to get people involved in your Food Community.
Communication with your Food Hub
Your communication with your members is important. You are Box Divvy and you must provide them with good customer service. If you don’t you will lose them.
Whats App group
Set up a private Facebook page (not called Box Divvy)
also put static messages in login message system.
Some Hubsters do a weekly newsletter.
We expect at least 3 posts a week on your public Facebook page - even when your Hub is full. This page is the public face of Box Divvy and part of running a Hub is to do this.
You can schedule through Facebook or use Hootesuite.
Member Service and respect
Your members are important to you and we ask that they show respectful behaviour as you show to them. If they have an issue listen to them and always find a way to resolution.
If they have an issue - acknowledge it. Then see if there is a way to resolution. Please do ask Box Divvy Team for advice. If the member is disrespectful and you can't resolve it you are entitled to bar that member from your Food Hub. But in saying this you should consider a written warning to them first about their behaviour and outline what you expect in the nicest possible but firm way. If you need assistance with this ask The Box Divvy Team.
The produce is approximately 30-40% cheaper than supermarket but it's good quality produce. The farmers have lovingly grown this but they are 'live' plants.
So when you pack for your member check that what you are packing is good quality. The odd growing mark is okay. What you are looking for are cuts or squashing.
Your member paid for the whole box so the 'extras' belong to them. Divvy them proportionally to household size.
You know when you have packed that it is good quality and well packed. So with this in mind members cannot claim spoilt produce. If they have an issue they certainly can discuss it with you. They will generally receive extras of other things each week as you will have extras to give to your members.
If you wish to put in your diary to add extras for that member the following week into their order, do so. You are expected to do some ‘greengrocering’ if needed. This means if you see burnt leaves take them off or one dud strawberry take it out.
In the farmer fresh produce boxes delivered we have allowed about 5% spoilage overall - this is normal. If it’s more then you need to communicate with the supplier online.
Security involves using common sense and Box Divvy take no responsibility for how you conduct your Food Hub. These are suggestions only.
* When members register they put in their postcode and it shows the Hubs in that area.
Members receive addresses once joined.
* On Facebook your address is not shown publicly but an idea of location is shown.
* Do not put your address or phone on Social media.
* Do not invite people into your house unless you know and trust them.
* Make sure if you are doing your divvy at the front that your house at the back is secured.
Members cannot pick up late or outside pick up time unless they have contacted you and asked for this and that you have agreed to it. Members hould not pick up their order the following day. By exception and you take responsibility for their produce quality.
There is a pick up window of 2 hours. If someone wants to pick up after work limit the pick up time. You do not want people coming and going at all times of the day. Manage this carefully otherwise you will have people coming and going at all times of the night. Box Divvy do not want this as it creates a hazard in your relationship with your family and neighbours.
What happens when I go away or am sick?
Within 4 weeks of starting you need to email Box Divvy the details of the person you have trained in packing to replace you if sick or away on holidays.
You don't close the Box Divvy when you go away.It is important to maintain regular supply of their food to your members. If you don’t you will find you will lose members and make your job difficult.
If however, unusual cirmcumstances the group agree to close then you need to notify Box Divvy at least 2 week’s notice and the period that this will occur. Box Divvy need time to sort with farmers/wholesalers and the people who do the delivery.
If the break is for longer than an accepted holiday there is no guarantee of same delivery time on restarting the Hub.
Is running a Food Hub messy?
General cleanliness, wash your hands before, during and after packing or use wash gloves. The produce and bread come in that day and out same day.
How do the transport and Hubster fees work?
What is the Hubster reward?
The farmers, local growers and food wholesalers are paid $0.65-$0.70cents in every $1 a members spends. The Hubster can take 'up to' 12% of the total spend.