Interact IT build E-Commerce sites that eliminate hassle with data storage companies
Your online store is your best chance to prove your brand value to your customers. To achieve this, you need to give customers an efficient working interface that encourage them to buy from you, rather than your competitors. Here’s an example of how we helped one of our clients do this.
Worldwide car part exports
Mobiletron deals in components for the automotive industry, exporting to over 100 countries worldwide. The car parts may not necessarily be made by the same company that manufactured the car, but nonetheless will work just fine in that vehicle, often at a fraction of the cost.
External data storage companies
Mobiletron were encountering several issues with their data storage company, Elcome. This is where all the information about each car make, model and individual part was stored. Elcome do offer websites as part of their service, but these are very generic. They could not be tailored to Mobiletron’s specific needs, as this would have changed the site for all of Elcome’s clients. Aside from this issue, communication with Elcome is notoriously difficult. Ultimately, a more efficient way of accessing Mobiletron’s large volume of data was needed.
Dynamic data input from external data storage companies
Interact-IT’s solution was to build a website for Mobiletron that uses an API to access the data stored by Elcome. Think of an API as a waiter at a restaurant. You place an order at your table, and the waiter takes that order to the kitchen to tell the chef what you want. The chef then makes the food, and the waiter then delivers the food to your table. In the same way, the API we created for Mobiletron made it easy for customers to input vehicle details, and for the car part details to be sent back from Elcome.
Once the car part was placed in the customer’s online basket and they had logged into the website, a second API was used to send the customer details to Mobiletron Taiwan. A set price, depending on how many parts were being ordered and the stock available, was then returned via this API, and the order could be placed.
Seamless results for customers
The result is that Mobiletron no longer have the hassle of communicating directly with Elcome. Their data is now easily accessed, which has made their website much more efficient.
E-commerce sites of this type would benefit any company whose website needs to access a large volume of data held by an external company. If that sounds like your business, give us a call for an informal chat about your requirements.