Intuitive Shipment Builder with Price CalculatorConfiguring international freight shipments is no easy operation as it requires accounting for different types of transport (ships, planes, surface transportation), customs and port fees, type of goods, and package dimensions. All these details must be configurable by a user via a web interface. The AltexSoft design team broke down the delivery builder workflow into three steps: 1) package configuration, 2) international freight and ground transport options, 3) price summary with booking confirmation. This modular approach simplified booking, making it intuitive and clear for customers.
Customer Management Module Automating Booking OperationsThe existing customer relationship workflow was fully manual. Customers contacted the client’s managers to negotiate package dimension, shipment pricing, and schedules. As the new web interface allows customers to directly define their shipments, the back-office database keeps customer data and shipment configuration. So, managers can reduce the time spent on negotiations and focus directly on freight delivery management.
Scalable Cloud-based Architecture Integrated with Road Transportation Provider APIsThe back-end architecture is built using a Node.js environment and deployed on the Digital Ocean cloud computing platform that enables scalability and smart computing resource allocation. To allow for door-to-door transportation and pricing, the engineering team also integrated multiple APIs for such providers as FedEx, DHL, and others. The web interface is built using React.js.
Incoterms Compliance in Business LogicInternational Commercial Terms is a set of predefined rules that apply to international sales, including freight operations. They are aimed at clearly defining tasks, costs, and risks associated with international transportation. The Incoterm rules are reflected in business logic and are automatically accounted for during price and schedule calculations.
Approach and Technical Info
The project team consisted of a software architect, a back-end Node.js engineer, a front-end React.js engineer, a quality assurance specialist, two UX specialists, a project manager, and a business analyst.
The technology stack included Node.js, React.js, Digital Ocean cloud.
The duration of the project was about 6 months with total scope of work completed at about 3-man years.
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