E-commerce Platform for Small Businesses
E-commerce Platform for Small Businesses
Information
Region:
Belgium
Industry:
Commerce and Shopping
Type:
Web
Engagement model:
Fixed cost
Duration:
3 months
Staff:
1 Android developer
Technologies used
Android SDK
Front-end
Java
JSON
Mobile
REST web services
SQLite

Business challenges

Before addressing Elinext, the Nearshop platform, targeted primarily at local e-merchants, had a desktop version with a limited number of online tools for shop owners. Following the customer’s request, we have developed a native application connected to the initial platform.

The application allows to:

  • manage the inventory by adding or editing goods
  • determine the level of accessibility for people with limited mobility (PRM)
  • schedule and administer the program of activities
  • manage the blog

Our solution

Now, the platform’s functionality is fully supported on mobile devices making possible to manage the store on a smartphone or tablet. The application provides the possibility to edit:

  • shop’s description, address, and contacts;
  • working hours schedule;
  • industry and categories of goods;
  • accessibility data;

At the moment, the solution supports French, Dutch and English languages.

Specific features

The major challenge lied in the implementation of the synchronization feature when a shop administrator needs to commit changes made on the mobile application to the Nearshop backend. The stability of operation is secured even in poor mobile Internet conditions such as weak signal/connection or unexpected data loss.

The outcome of the project is a robust mobile solution with a modern and flexible architecture allowing to manage an online business in a convenient way. Apart from its desktop version, the platform is now available on smartphones and tablets.

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