- Migration to Shopify
- Fashion and apparel
Teddy Blake: The warehouse integration
- App development
- Fashion and apparel
Senior Developer, 2 Mid-Level Full Stack
Developers, Team Lead, Project Manager,
Shopify GraphQL API, HTML5, SCSS, Shopify
Theme Liquid, AWS
Develop an app to connect Teddy Blake’s new Shopify store with their specific warehouse.
About the business
Teddy Blake is a company that democratizes luxury handbags by offering high-quality Italian leather bags at affordable prices, avoiding the exorbitant costs usually associated with luxury brands. When their online store on Magento 1 reached its end-of-life, the client sought our assistance. They wanted to maintain their partnership with a specific warehouse, so we developed a custom app to seamlessly connect their new Shopify store with the existing warehouse, ensuring efficient communication. Since there were no existing solutions that met their requirements, we built the app from scratch.
Challenges and solutions
Our team faced a major hurdle in developing our inventory management service: the lack of a suitable test environment. This meant constant communication with the warehouse team to accomplish any development work.
Unlike most modern warehouses with automated testing, our client’s warehouse was outdated. Testing tasks took more time and effort. For each test, we had to email a warehouse team member for all the necessary details, complicating the development process.
Despite these challenges, we successfully completed the job, ensuring seamless warehouse integration that met our client’s needs.
How you can benefit
When it comes to moving your business to a new platform, it’s not just about transferring store data. It’s a complex challenge. Our team has the technical know-how and specialized knowledge to help you smoothly navigate this transition.
Check out our Migration to Shopify page to learn how we can seamlessly migrate your business, ensuring a safe and efficient process.
Choosing the theme
When choosing a website theme, it’s important to prioritize functionality and code quality. Here’s a simple process we followed to assist Teddy Blake:
- Understand the required functionality and find a theme that already includes it. This minimizes development work and lowers costs.
- Carefully select several themes that match Teddy Blake’s business needs and have the necessary functionality.
- Evaluate the code quality of each theme and choose the best option. Clean code makes development easier and faster, allowing for quick changes.
- Present Teddy Blake with a range of suitable themes to choose from. Ultimately, they select the one that visually appeals to them.
By following this process, Teddy Blake significantly reduces development costs and the need for future technical maintenance and customizations, even before starting the actual development work.
About the app
Our app simplifies the process of transferring data between your Shopify store and the warehouse. When a customer makes a purchase on your Shopify store, the app automatically transmits all vital information to the warehouse. From there, the order undergoes processing, packing, and is assigned a tracking number. Additionally, we ensure that the updated order status is relayed back to your Shopify store, allowing your customers to effortlessly track their package until it reaches their doorstep.
Real-time data exchange
Efficient data synchronization between a shop and its warehouse can have a significant impact. That’s why our team went the extra mile to ensure real-time data exchange between our client’s Shopify store and their warehouse. We took into account their unique business requirements, specifically the timely transmission of order information from the Shopify store to the warehouse. Through careful analysis and meticulous planning, we considered all necessary conditions. By cooperating closely with the client, we gained a deep understanding of their needs and expectations, allowing us to establish processes tailored precisely to their requirements.
Detailed order data
The app captures detailed statistics using order tags and statuses that evolve based on the current stage of the order. These stages include:
- The order is placed on Shopify, but the information has not been sent to the warehouse yet.
- The order is sent to the warehouse, but it has not been processed.
- The order is processed at the warehouse and is ready to be shipped to the customer.
- The order has been sent and/or delivered.
This feature is extremely useful from a business perspective as it provides clients with a clear understanding of the current situation. It enables them to effectively manage their operations and streamline business processes. Ultimately, the app’s statistical analysis leads to greater efficiency.
Pre-order functionality enables customers to reserve products before they become available in stock. When a customer places a pre-order, our application checks the availability of the desired product in the warehouse. If the product is unavailable, the order is processed based on the expected delivery time, which depends on the quantity of items anticipated to arrive in future shipments. This feature ensures efficient and prompt order fulfillment, minimizing any delays caused by insufficient inventory.
We successfully completed the task, ensuring seamless communication between the required warehouse and the client’s Shopify store, despite its difficulty level.