Easy Importing for Key
Net Solutions also ensured that the back end could easily and efficiently accommodate product updates and specifications. All the grocers needed was a data file (CSV) template where they could create lists of products, allowing for:
- Easy importing into the back end
- Efficient updating for products marked as “New”—which they could highlight as such in the buyer app
- Easy changes to existing prices when sellers wanted to highlight discounts and special deals. Buyers could then search for products that were on sale using a simple filter.
Going to Market Faster—
with RESTheart API
The Net Solutions team was able to take the product to market faster (and at a lower cost) by using RESTheart to provide the API layer rather than building a custom API. By simply routing API calls through their interface, the RESTheart service automatically translated requests to the MongoDB database. This had an added advantage later since any changes in the database schema only required corresponding changes to the API requests. Plus, there was no need to modify the API itself.
A Highly Useable Buyer App
Net Solutions built the buyer app to display products available in local stores based on the user’s postal code. The users could either pay online or select a Cash-on-Delivery (CoD) option, which was popular in India. They could then track the status of their order directly from the app.
A Seller App Designed for Control and Easy Updating
The seller app updated grocers when a user placed an order. If a product was unavailable, they could update the order, and the total cost would update automatically. Delivery staff would then collect and deliver the order, updating its status directly from the app.
Net Solutions also designed the seller app to specify which stores or products served a given postal code, granting grocers complete control over the areas where they marketed their goods.
The platform earned commissions based on customer order values. The commissions kicked in at a certain threshold specified by each store’s contract. The app calculated commissions automatically, displaying them to the staff and the vendor directly on their app. Any vendor could pay commissions from within the app or by using their preferred payment method.
The back end featured comprehensive reporting along with vendor onboarding and postal code management. The reports showed a range of critical data, such as:
- Sales volumes
- Order statuses
- Purchase values
- Vendor statuses
- Traffic data
- And much more
Parchuni’s reporting system allowed admins to keep a close eye on important metrics and directly evaluate the value that the platform delivered.