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In this article, we are going to explore advanced Product editing by looking at three different ways that it can be used:

  1. Working with customized Crops for selling live

  2. Customizing Products for unique packaging needs

  3. Working with Virtual Customers

Customized Crops for Selling Live

As we covered in the Advanced Crops article, we can customize Crops to have variants which account for different ways of selling Crops as Products in their live form. We had Two crop variants for live Crop Products:

  1. Sunflower (1010)

  2. Sunflower (5x5)

We have the Crops. Now we need to make them into Products. Here's how"

    Step 1: Create a new Product and give it a descriptive name that makes sense to you

  • e.g., Sunflower - 1010 Live Tray

    Step 2: Select the Crop which corresponds with the new Product

  • e.g., Sunflower - 1010

    Step 3: Select "Live Tray" in the "Type" dropdown menu

    Step 4: Enter a price

    Step 5: Click "Add" and you are done!

Now you have a Sunflower 1010 live tray Product which directly corresponds with your Sunflower 1010 live tray Crop.

Customizing Products for unique packaging needs

You can customize Products in much the same you customize Crops by having a unique descriptive name for similar but distinct Products. What's neat about this process in Products is you can have different names for the exact same product! 

How's that?! And Why's that?

Let's look at those questions in reverse order.

This feature was prompted by a user of our spreadsheet Crop Planner, who had different packaging for the same Product because the Product was going to two different markets - one was a retail market and one was a wholesale market. The differentiation in packaging made it easier to organize and being able to differentiate what needs to be packed in SeedLeaf Tasks makes it even easier!

Here's an example, with sunflower again:

Let's assume you have a small-sized sunflower Product that you sell pre-packaged at the farmers market for $5. Then you decide you are going to start selling the same size of sunflower Product to some grocery stores. The grocery store has a specific label policy, so you design a label especially for grocery stores with all the required information (e.g., UPC code, address). You then create two distinct Products in SeedLeaf to differentiate these Products, using names that make the most sense to you:

  1. Sunflower (Market) 

  2. Sunflower (Grocer)

Both are "small" sunflower Products but can have a different weight and price. These Products will be differentiated in SeedLeaf's packing Tasks, which breaks down packing by Product, and SeedLeaf's delivery report, which breaks down deliveries by Customer. There are all sorts of ways you can use this simple customization. In fact, we can use this method to pack for Virtual Customers as well.

Virtual customers

Virtual Customers are Customers that allow us to place Orders for a specific purpose rather than for a specific Customer. Our suggested basic Virtual Customers are:

  1. Buffer Crops: "Buffer"

  2. Sample Products: "Samples"

  3. Staff Products: "Staff"

  4. Trial and Experimental Crops: "Trials"

When we use these Product names in our Orders it makes them easier to differentiate come Harvest and packing time.

So there are a few ways to create and manage Products to fully utilize SeedLeaf to keep you organized. We know there are other ways to use these modifications as well. Let us know what you come up with for your operation!

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