Why does the site seem so plain?
The site is meant to accomplish a business task. This site was developed under the assumption that our users did not have a lot of time to place orders nor want to wait two minutes for a page to download. Placing heavy graphics and extensive content on a page can take much longer to download if you have a slower connection to the Internet.
As a result, every attempt possible has been made to build a site that will respond quickly to user requests, regardless of connection speed, while providing an easy-to-use navigation. This goal allows everyone to place orders in the shortest amount of time. For those who would like advanced features, they may access them via the Preferences page. From there, options may be selected that are specifically geared for those with fast Internet access.
What is the difference between my cart, list, and template?
Lists are really templates from which you may add items to your cart. Each time an order is placed, a copy of that order may be saved as a list (template) with the order number.
This makes it easy to place items into the cart that are ordered on a regular basis without having to look up the item number. The next time you place an order simply pull up the lists with the items you would like to reorder and add those items to your cart.
The most common methods of real world ordering have been incorporated into the storefront. Templates and lists allow you to fill in the quantity and order the items simply and quickly.
With a little practice, you will quickly find that the options provided enable you to spend less time placing your order. If you have any suggestions to improve our service, we invite you to send us feedback from the "Help" section.
When I have items in my cart and I have to leave the web site, will my items still be in my cart when I return? Yes, when you return to the site and log-in, your cart will have the exact same items and quantities as when you left. We understand that our customers have busy schedules and may not be able to sit down and complete an entire order. The information in your cart is retained allowing you to build an order all day/week long.
It is also a good idea to check your cart just before you start entering items, to make sure you know what you have already placed in it.
Is the order number assigned during ordering the same as the order number assigned from my distributor?
No, even though the word "order" is used as you are entering your items, we prefer to use the term "tracking number". When you send the requested items to the distributor via the "Submit" button, a "tracking number" is assigned. The distributor will assign the actual order number that you will see on your invoice.
When the order is submitted, will the displayed "Total" $ amount be the same as the "Invoice $ Amount" that I would see on the Invoice from the distributor?
The "Total" amount is displayed on the "Checkout" page during "Order Submit" time. This same amount is also displayed as "Sub-total " when viewing the cart directly.
The "Total" amount is always an approximation since the distributor's
invoicing system is deemed to have "final price" verification and
application. This is especially true for "catch weight" items (or 'price
per pound' items), which will be re-priced at time of shipment because
of differences in ordered vs. actual shipped weights.