Step inside Dante’s Fine Foods and you’re instantly transported around the world, shelves lined with exotic foods from every far-flung corner of the globe. Dante’s story began when manager Vicki Grootscholten’s family had trouble finding the quality foods they had enjoyed in their native Netherlands. What started as a quest to fill their own pantry eventually grew into a fully-fledged business, now boasting over 2,000 products from over 30 countries around the world. And now Dante’s is branching out beyond its Cambridge (NZ) location and looking to serve a much wider clientele online.
Dante’s initial website was a modest affair: just a single page with contact details and a brief introduction. The one-pager was only ever meant to be a stopgap measure, but it was only after hiring extra staff that Vicki was finally able to find the time to branch out into online retail. Setting up an online shop was going to take a much bigger, beefier website than she currently had, so she began scouting around for a new website provider. And her number one priority? “I wanted my online store and point of sale to work together,” Vicki explains. She’d heard from others that updating inventory was the biggest headache of “bricks-and-clicks” retail—a headache she was keen to avoid.
Enter Rocketspark. Vicki had met Rocketspark’s account manager, Greg Wallace, through a local business networking event and ended up choosing Rocketspark after consulting with about a half-dozen other firms. The fact that Rocketspark quoted the best price was only ever a bonus for Vicki, never the determining factor. What she really loved was that Rocketspark’s online shop meshed with Vend point-of-sale software. That would give her the fully integrated online/in-store system that she was looking for.