E-commerce Platform for Small Businesses
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
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.
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.