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Locargo

Texas-based cargo delivery B2B marketplace

Solution:

Web Development

Industry:

Automotive Retail

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

weaknesses

  • Different web and mobile development needs for different parts of the project
  • Insufficient number of experienced in-house software engineers
  • Tight development schedule with little time for the internal IT department scaling

strengths

  • B2B cargo and delivery business model suitable for the on-demand economy
  • Customer-centric application architecture planned for the high satisfaction rate
  • Different web and mobile applications for delivery services, drivers, and customers
  • Lucrative Texas-wide shipping scene with direct access to Houston port

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The client’s business idea was to develop a Texas-wide online marketplace for cargo and delivery services. A Uber-like platform would connect the cargo service providers and their drivers with local customers. With 300 Texas- based delivery companies, the platform was to cater to at least 3% of the market. Joining an internationally distributed team, the Computools engineers supported all major stages of the development cycle, from preliminary analysis to implementation and launch. They focused on the Backend development of the web portals for clients and delivery services, as well as the mobile applications for customers and drivers.

Outcome

The Computools software engineers enabled rapid scaling of the client’s IT department and timely development of the Texas-based cargo and delivery B2B solution. Thanks to this efficient development approach all negotiated goals were achieved and the finished product fully met the requirements.

Several key options we solved:
  • Developed full-functional web applications for delivery services, drivers, and customers.
  • Developed mobile version of the web app.
  • Implemented ergonomic UX/UI design.

Digital Platform & Technology

Communication Framework

Open and efficient two-way communication is crucial to the success of a digital transformation project. Following consultation with the client, we agreed upon a clear and unambiguous communication framework with scheduled regular face-to-face and online meetings and regular reports by email.Our communication ecosystem also incorporated a structured documents environment and client access to Computools' internal task managing platform. This made both the general project roadmap as well as specific processes transparent and clear for all parties.

Communication:

Specification

Working as a part of an international team, the Computools engineers assessed the client’s requirements and the project’s scope to compile a set of system requirements specifications for web portals and mobile applications.

Overview: The system is a B2B marketplace for cargo and delivery services. The platform should help cargo companies or individual drivers find and manage orders throughout their lifecycle. Primary features: 1. Customers service area 2. Order status tracking 3. Internal payment module 4. Cargo service search 5. Drivers service area 6. Route plotting 7. Order tracking 8. Rating system

TEAM

To support the in-house development efforts, Computools screened the talent pool and suggested a team of experienced software engineers. Their technological expertise included Backend Java, MongoDB, MySQL and other, ensuring an efficient mobile and web development.

BACKSTAGE

The Computools team implemented a well developed communication framework that supports successful cooperation with the client- side members of the distributed workforce. Planning sessions, daily meetings, and feedback sessions are the three pillars that uphold seamless cooperation and keep up the development pace.

Daily Meetings

Short and relevant meetings via audio and video conferencing tools ensured that all team members completed their tasks on time and overcame occurring problems without impeding the progress of other engineers.

Planning Sessions

The Computools engineers started every sprint with a planning session to assess the tasks, assign them to individual developers and discuss potentially problematic features. These meetings set a brisk development pace and ensured successful cooperation among the members of the distributed team.

Feedback Sessions

The Computools team fostered transparency through the continuous project delivery and regular feedback sessions. The client could assess and evaluate the progress and introduce new requirements, spurring the developers to increase efficiency and find innovative solutions.

Internal Communication Flow

The Computools engineers employed an established communication framework when supporting the client’s in-house IT department. Email, Skype, and Slack enabled them to uphold a brisk development pace and stay on top of the occuring issues. The team suggested Jira as a go-to task assignment and management platform.

Project Management Methodology

To ensure the continuous integration of the project’s aspects and features, the distributed team implemented a Scrum-based approach. After the initial strategy session, tasks were planned and assigned to individual engineers through Jira. Iterative approach accelerated the development pace and allowed the client to regularly assess the progress and introduce the new requirements when needed.

PROJECT TIMELINE

01

Background

First Steps
  • Client's Business Processes Analysis
  • Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Setting The Goals With The Client
  • Preparing Specification, Tasks & Deadlines
02

Strategy

Planning
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Technology selection
Project Management and Development Flow
  • Expertise-based Talent Evaluation And Team Forming
  • Establishing Internal Communication Flow
  • Project Management Methodology
  • Development Flow And Methodology Implementation
03

Implementation

Implementation
  • System Requirements’ Analysis
  • Role Assignment
  • Task Assignment
Software Development
  • Software Development
  • Testing & Fixing
Launch
  • System Launch
  • Deploy & Delivery

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