Cooperation Manager – a new online tool for managing cooperations
Half a year ago, the Cooperation Manager application was launched, which enables easy and fast direct communication between the storekeeper and his clients, and therefore faster sales of agricultural products.
It’s wheat harvest time, and thus the producers’ search for storekeepers and potential buyers. And since the price of agricultural products is variable, it is very important to simply sell the goods at the right time without additional complications.
Cooperation Manager is an application that enables easy and fast direct communication between the storekeeper and his clients – subcontractors and eliminates the costs of traditional communication channels for both parties.
“It is an excellent tool that accelerated the process of trading and communication with our cooperation partners, and gave me as a director greater control. Today, when we use Cooperation Manager, we use our resources more efficiently, we have made the job of negotiation easier, while on the other side, which is and most importantly, further improved our relationship with farmers,” says the director of the General Agricultural Cooperative “Agronom” Despotova – Pivnice Duško Mijić and adds that everything starts with building a serious cooperation and partnership relationship with each farmer.
Better results in less time
Cooperation Manager was founded as a startup company six months ago, and the owners have many years of experience in grain and oilseed trading. Also, one of the co-owners runs an IT company that monitors application development.
“During the work at the Novi Sad Commodity Exchange, where agricultural products are traded, we noticed that there is a lack of quick and simple information exchange between storekeepers, traders of agricultural products and their subcontractors.
Based on that, we created software that accelerates and facilitates the trade of agricultural products between traders, i.e. storekeepers, millers, exporters, processors and their subcontractors – farmers,” says Radoslav Pilja in front of this startup and adds that with this solution in a simple and efficient way enables traders and farmers to access supply and demand data via smartphones.
“What is most noticeable is that our commercialists perform the same work in much less time, which leaves them room to devote themselves to other duties. By using this software, the improvement of results is not only noted by the commercial, but also indirectly by other sectors, such as agronomists, which indirectly increases the satisfaction of subcontractors, and even us as a company,” concluded Mijić.
Implementation of the solution in a few days
At the very beginning, Cooperation Manager had about 15 users, five of which are companies that have a large cooperation, that is, they have a large number of users of the application.
“For now, the users are exclusively storekeepers who have silos and buy cereals, oilseeds, and some of them own agricultural pharmacies,” says Pilja, adding that the implementation of such a solution is possible in a few days if the storekeeper has a proper base of his subcontractors, while for the farmer in completely free because at any moment, with one click, he can see what the conditions of sale are at his storekeeper.
It should be pointed out that the price of posted products is regulated in accordance with the law, and here the storekeeper publishes it through a mobile application. And when it comes to payment, using this app is more than affordable.
“The service is charged in relation to the number of subcontractors who use the application at one warehouse, i.e. 0.35 cents per month per subcontractor, while the use is free for subcontractors-agricultural producers.”
Farmers can expect this kind of service from the best storekeepers. If they want to receive information about the prices of mercantile goods and raw materials, as well as information from security guards at any time, they ask their warehouseman if he has the Cooperation Manager service.
Application in 30 languages
Storekeepers get the app by signing a contract with the Cooperatio Manager, while cooperators get the app solely depending on whether their storekeeper owns it, in which case it’s enough to contact them. Also, the application was developed in 30 languages, that is, the application was made to be able to expand to all European markets, which is one of the conditions of the funds that finance the entire project.
That’s why we asked the question, will there be expansion into the markets of, for example, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia?
“The conditions for other markets, especially if we are talking about the market of the region, are completely similar, given that the conditions and the way of doing business between warehouse owners and subcontractors are similar,” says Pilja.
Cooperation Manager is rapidly working on the further development of the application, and it refers to managing the balance of goods and money for traders, as well as cards for cooperators who will be able to see the available balance of their goods at any time. Also, there is a possibility to connect with some existing application solutions.
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