In developing the platform, CoSource faced a number of key challenges:
Outdoor Designer Store (ODS)
No B2B platform to facilitate ordering from multiple supplies.
B2B platform built on top of nopCommerce. Connecting suppliers with landscapers.
Over 300 registered users (landscapers) on the system, and has been featured in several magazines, press releases and industry events.
CoSource used nopCommerce, as the framework to build the solution on top of as it offered the following benefits:
The three main users of the platform are:
To solve these challenges, several existing plugins were used, but the core of the application was implemented with custom plugins and event listeners created by us to enhance and adapt the nopCommerce functionality to meet our needs.
The designers’ portal allows the designers to do the following:
The mood-board allows designers to share product, and styling ideas with potential customers. Any products that are used on the mood-board can automatically be imported into the worksheet.
The journey starts with a designer creating a worksheet, which represents a job, for a customer.
The designer firstly would create a curated list of products for the customer to review. The customer would then login into the system, and would review the products marking them as either approved, undecided, or don’t like.
This process would go back and forth between the customer and designer until a final list of products was approved.
Once the worksheet has been finalised, the customer would pay for the products. The challenge here was the products were from multiple suppliers, who not only had different rates of commission for the designers and ODS, but also different levels of commission by product category.
Reverse worksheets allows designers to host a page on their website, to grant their customers access to the Outdoor Designer Store. The advantage for the designer is that it gives them the ability to earn passive income, as they receive a commission for each order a customer places.
The platform to date has over 300 registered users on the system, and has been featured in several magazines, press releases and industry events.
nopCommerce, because of its flexible architecture allows us to continuously build new features into the platform, while having the foundation to scale to meet future demand.