Some things floating around out in the cycling world are of dubious benefit, but KitOrder seems serve a real purpose.Ã‚Â I’ve only been on the receiving end, but starting in a few weeks, I’ll be getting email list and forum updates, reminders, questions and deadlines for our local cycling club’s kit orders, and those messages will continue right up until (and likely past) the deadline.Ã‚Â Oh, and because some people can’t just reply to sender, I’ll see strings of irrelevant conversations clogging my email inbox.
While this is a minor irritation, I’m sure the club director that’s actually trying to place the order is in the fetal position somewhere swearing repeatedly they’ll never run for office again by the time it’s over with.
KitOrder has a solution, and here it is in their own words:
KitOrder is a third-party, web-based application designed specifically to assist the cycling or multi-sport team manager manage large custom team orders and collect money from team members. KitOrder is not a manufacturer and does not hold inventory Ã¢â‚¬â€œ KitOrder DOES make your life easier. After you select and contact your clothing or pro deal vendor, set up a team specific shopping platform to handle any type of order, including clothing, nutrition and team equipment. The service is free to set up and charges team members a minimal, per unit transaction fee.
Janelle Kellman, President and co-founder of KitOrder, commented Ã¢â‚¬Å“We developed KitOrder based on our own experiences in dealing with the enormous headache of chasing down checks and sizing details. Custom team orders typically include lots of pieces with a wide variety of options and sizes. In addition, vendors require at minimum of 50% payment up front. We designed KitOrder to address these challenges by providing a fast, easy, distributed way for team managers to collect and organize their ordering details and avoid the errors and delays that are common in the manual process.Ã¢â‚¬Â
If you’re the one having to manage this for your club, team or group, it might be worth checking out.