Virtual Cooperative is a WEB application, designed to help farms and conventional cooperatives to unite and join their forces in purchasing and selling goods. The whole concept is based on the bulletin boards. Users, which are farmers, vendors and public users are assigned with appropriate widgets which enables them to create ads, to filter among different ads and to communicate with desired users/groups.
Farms, as the central users of Virtual Cooperative, are creating virtual communities where they discuss their products and needs, and then finally joined in a larger group with the same interest they are posting an ad for purchasing materials and services of selling produced goods. Communities can be created around certain topic, at user specified geographies. Public users and vendors are able to see the ads on the bulletin board, to filter the desired ones, to get the notification if the ad with desired topics is published and to respond to them.
The benefits of the application are:
Farmers are uniting themselves, exchanging information, acting as a bigger user on the market strengthening their position.
Vendors are having a direct communication with users, having the opportunity to explain benefits of their product.
Public users and retailers are finally being able to choose the farm products which satisfies their requirements in the best way and to share information between each other by rating the farms.