Technology is starting to have a huge impact on the agriculture sector, with many new startups commencing their journeys into the industry. This has led to some exciting new softwares, technologies and inventions hitting the agriculture scene, especially this nifty delivery service.
The latest one to make the grade is called Farm Drop and it is taking the UK by storm. It is a new innovative way for farmers to sell their produce, without having to leave their farm. It also means that consumers can order their favoured produce online, saving them a gruelling trip to the shops. If that wasn’t good enough, they guarantee you will have all purchases delivered within 19 hours.
The company operates out of London in the UK and was founded by Ben Pugh almost 5 years ago. They had over 20 employees in 2015 and work with over 80 local food producers. Delivery is free for all orders over £30 and is carried out in 100% electric vans.
The company operate on the strong traceability and freshness factor. All fruits, vegetables and produce is picked or produced fresh to go. Because they deliver it in such a quick time, this means consumers can now enjoy their favourite fruit and vegetable more fresh than ever. Their motto is “Fresh food farmed to order”. All food producers and farmers working with Farm Drop are small, local farmers, ensuring the company has full traceability of all it’s products.
It really is simple and everything is done through the website or through the downloadable app, which can be found in the play store.
- First of all you browse the site and pick the produce you wish to order. Then you place your order and pick out of any free 6 hour slots, this means the products will be delivered within the six hours. Alternatively a one hour slot can be purchased for £3, so if you are in a hurry you can ensure your produce will be on time for dinner.
- Next it’s down to the farmer, all you have to do is sit back and wait. The farmer then harvest whatever came in on your order and prepares them for shipping.
- Orders are then packaged by Farm Drop, who the make sure all packages leave the hub the same day they arrived. They ensure all produce goes from farmer to door within 19 hours, maximum.
There are many different benefits to this new system, the first of which being the consumer receiving their preferred produce more fresh than ever.
The second benefit has to be the complete traceability, which is gained through the company’s use of local, small food suppliers/producers.
Another benefit would be that people will never go without their favourite products, with everything shipped fresh to their doors. This will ensure that anyone who is bed bound, without transport or working long hours will never go hungry.
They not only offer convenience for consumers, but also ensure better prices for farmers. Farm Drop ensures farmers receive their money’s worth for their produce. Gone are the days of farmers relying on major retailers to pay them good prices, now they finally have the power.
The company stock and sell anything from fruit and vegetables to fish, dairy, eggs, bakery goods, Deli products, larder and drinks. This new innovative way of getting farm produce directly to the consumers door not only helps the farmer but the consumer too.
Could this be the new way for us to buy all our fruit and vegetable? Could the major retailers now have some serious competition on their hands? Does this mean the end of the farmers market? Signs are that this will lead to an all new avenue for farmers to sell their produce, without hoping for good prices from the country’s retailing giants.
Environmentally conscious and putting the farmer and consumers first, Farm Drop really is the future of farming.
For more on Farm Drop visit their website here