Run a Box Divvy Food Hub
* Earn income ($30-40 per hr)
* No market run, no money collection
* Easy divvy – 2-3 hours per week
* Need a covered packing area, a computer or ipad, printer, internet access
* Facebook savvy so you can post and promote your Hub online
* Create your own food community
Overview for running a Food Hub
Want to earn income?
* from home
* for your group to fundraise funds
* at your school or business or
* for a community group wanting to get access to inexpensive food
Are you currently a food cooperative? This will be ideal. No more collecting money, trying to figure out what to buy, no more having to go to the market. Sounds like heaven?!? You need to have a chat with us.
Box Divvy's box-sharing ordering platform connects your directly with farmers and food wholesalers. Community owned.
You will join a supportive community of Hubsters across Sydney.
HYGIENE & PACKING PROTOCOL
A hygiene and packing protocol is in place. You will be advised of this.
What do I do to Run a Box Divvy Hub?
The person who runs the Hub is called a Hubster they coordinate the Hub.
* To be socially connected and able to do run a Facebook page which we set up for you.
* We set up Hub, you promote on Facebook, people pre-register to join.
* To start you have15 families minimum then build to 25 families.
Once your Box Divvy Hub is up and ready to go:
1. You set up 'Starting Order' s each week based on member 'Wish List Vote';
2. You manage the Hub:
^ the 'Splits' (box sharing)
^ receive the produce & groceries
^ pack the orders based on the 'Packing Sheet'
^ make sure everyone has either picked up or
you can offer home delivery
^ blog on Facebook several times a week - schedule this
^ maintain membership numbers
The Box Divvy Hub is connected via the App directly with the farmers and food wholesalers. Members order and pay for their orders online.
The Hubster receives an income based on Hub sales.
You own the Box Divvy Food Hub so you run it like your own 2-3 hour a week micro business.
REPLACEMENT HUBSTER not living with you.
You must have someone living outside your place of packing to take over in case you:
Go on holiday
Have work commitments
Have an emergency
We don't close except between Xmas and New Year.
Farming families and family wholesalers rely on us to stay open PLUS your members.
See FAQ to see more details but here is a summary.
What do I need to start a Hub?
The requirements to start and run a Hub are pretty basic:
You need to have an outgoing personality wanting to connect with your community and connected on facebook.
1. A clean, tidy packing space such as a garage, carport, veranda or room that
2. Measures roughly at least 2 x 3m in size. Enough for 2-3 fold tables
3. Have reasonable access for deliveries. A trolley brings in boxes (no stairs, steep driveways etc)
4. A covered area which is protected from the elements
Some basic tools and materials:
+ Produce bags (more about this later: we aim to minimise any packaging)
+ Scissors, sticky tape, a pen or texta
+ For a garage or outdoor area need a clean tarp or plastic cover for produce boxes to be put on
+ A computer or an ipad, basic printer or hand write labels A4 paper and internet access
+ Tables - 2-3 tables to put members’ boxes and bags on.
Does a Hub need a minimum number of members?
Need15 (45 people) families to start and build that number to 25 families once started. The cost of goods are the same for every Hub in New South Wales, it's just the transport cost, shared with members, that's different and it's a minimal charge. Note in Sydney Hubster and Transport fee is included in the statement: prices 30-40% lower than online supermarkets. The price comparison is done on Starting order and doesn't include supermarket Specials in comparison.
You're sharing boxes between all the members in the Hub. A box of 80 apples in a box need to be share amongst the members. So you need enough members to make this work.
How long do I have to build my Hub Membership?
On average 3-4 weeks. If after 6 weeks you don't having anything happening we will close the Hub.
We give you a Facebook page, marketing material so you need to be prepared to make the effort to promote your Hub. It doesn't happen by itself.
What if I'm sick or going away?
You have a responsibility running the Hub to the farmers, to the logisitc people and to your members to keep the Hub open so the Hub doesn't close except the two weeks between Christmas and New Year.
At least within 4 weeks of your Hub starting you need to have trained a Replacement Hubster to do what you do. If you're sick, away, work commitment, emergency you have someone to pack the Hub and another location if need be. You must let Box Divvy know in pleanty of time to organise drivers. You organise payment to them.
You must submit their details at end of four weeks open to Box Divvy.
Hub can it be PICK UP and Home Delivery?
You pack and members pick up from you during a 2 hour pick up window on the same day.
Home delivery - If you want, you can offer home delivery which members pay $7.00. You can outsource this if you wish.
SATELLITE Box Divvy Hubs and earn more.
Can I pack, take the orders to someone else's place for pick up by members?
Yes. You can become a 'Super Hubster'. You can create lots of 'satellite' Box Divvy Hubs. You run the Hub, pack then take the orders to someone else's place.
It means you can grow your Box Divvy business. Same requirement though in that you must have a Replacement Hubster in place. You get 10% of what is spent by your members and the Hosting (Satellite) Hub gets 2%. There is no delivery charge by you to the Hosting Hub. It's a way to expanding your business.