Today, we would like to share with you one more wonderful showcase of how we’ve digitalized one of our client’s business processes. Initially, the problem was that our customer has a pretty unique warehouse plus the sales workflows which obviously, at that time, needed to be launched in an online store.
Apparently, there are two ways of doing it:
The first one is that you can develop everything from scratch. It’s definitely going to be a unique one and what you exactly need, of course, hire the right developers. The problem is that it takes a lot of time and resources.
Another way of doing that is taking something that’s been already made and customize it to your own needs.
After a particular discussion, we decided to stick to the second approach just because it saves a lot of time and money. For the online store platform, we have chosen Shopify for its stability, fast-growing process and an ability to perform a high amount of traffic. We created a private app for it, that 960 allowed us to customize the logic and filters.
Choosing the right platform for a custom warehouse and the sales processes was more complicated. After a short investigation, we’d discovered that not so many services do exist for those operations on a market. Firstly, we reviewed the Airtable, which is a pretty good service, but we understood that due to its restrictions we can’t really implement some of our custom processes to it. Eventually, we came to an assumption that Filemaker that is rebranded as Claris, fits all of our requirements.
Working with Claris, was very convenient for us and we’d developed a custom interface, implemented all custom processes to it and even created an API that had passed all needed data from Claris to Shopify and back from Shopify to Claris.
Summing everything up, I’d like to say that those work awesomely together. Our customer has successfully achieved the needed targets and has saved a lot of resources using two well-known platforms.
Hope it was useful to you all!
Please feel free sharing your own experience with us using Filemaker and Shopify.