New portal allows retailers to showcase assistive tech to two million people a year for free
The DLF (formerly Disabled Living Foundation) has launched a new vendor portal, which will allow UK retailers to reach an engaged audience who are looking to prescribe or privately purchase aids and adaptations to make life easier.
Retailers will have the opportunity to showcase their assistive devices and aids to daily living solutions to over two million people a year. It will enable them to be a part of Europe’s largest marketplace for aids to daily living.
Retailers can register for an account on the DLF Vendor Portal at DLFVendorPortal.org by clicking ‘create an account’.
Following a huge investment in restructuring and redesign across the various DLF platforms, the “eagerly awaited” self-service system for updating the database behind Living Made Easy (LME) and DLF ProAssist is now ready.
Phase one of this new self-service portal offers retailers an easier way to update the DLF with product pricing and website links.
It is important that the product information is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible for the DLF’s public and professional audiences, the organisation emphasises. It says the most efficient way to ensure that the database remains current is to provide easy-to-use tools for retailers and manufacturers to update their own information.
Current listings in the DLF Vendor Portal can be exported, edited and re-imported in the bulk updater. For smaller numbers of products, manual updating has also been greatly improved, according to the organisation.
The DLF is encouraging more regular updating as the algorithm within Living Made Easy gives preference to the most recently updated listings. New retailers are also encouraged to register for an account and list with the DLF for free.
There is also the DLF Premium Listing Scheme, which is available for £360 plus VAT. This scheme is designed to make retailers’ details stand out on any product pages where they are listed.
Display advertising is also available on Living Made Easy and ProAssist. Interested companies can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The DLF launched ProAssist earlier this year, a virtual hub that makes it easier for health, care and housing professionals to prescribe equipment that enables vulnerable people to live independently.
On the hub, professionals can access a reliable, independent and comprehensive resource where products are accompanied by clinical observations, case studies, user guides, videos and information on local suppliers.
With a searchable database of over 10,000 products from more than 900 retailers, this UK-wide resource helps identify the options across a wide range of technologies, from the latest assistive technology solutions to simple aids.