What was the scope of their involvement? What did they do for you?
The traditional business model for companies requiring rate and routing options is to search for vendors through off-line channels. Search for carriers, comparison of costs, cargo insurance and customs processing using e-mails, phone calls and in the recent past even faxes. The process is slow, and the client can wait days before receiving a fully accurate and comprehensive offer.
We aimed to automate the process of organizing multimodal transportation — to create a platform that would quickly select the best options in terms price and optimum routing.
At the beginning of the project we faced several issues that needed to be resolved:
1. there are no set criteria and standards for the presentation of tariffs. Freight forwarders and carriers use to their own in house standards.
2. the need to interact with various non-standardized partner APIs during online calculation.
3. the need for multiple system changes in the process of configuring the product's business model.
For these reasons, the top priority for our expert team and that of Reksoft was to bring a variety of tariffs and geographical designations into a unified appearance. We worked closely with our partners to ensure seamless integrations and to provide international coverage.
We understood that, first of all, we had to put high performance requirements and further scaling capabilities into the project. Secondly, we needed to experiment in order to find the optimal business model, which meant that the flow of constant changes within the system had to be effectively managed. Therefore, the stack was based on Java, MongoDB was chosen as the database, and ReactJS was used for frontend.
What is the team like? How many people and who are your main points of contact?
Initially, the goal was to bring the pilot project to the market in a shortest possible time. Reksoft organized a team of highly qualified specialists comprising of product owner, analysts, front and back developers, testers and DevOps engineers. Industry expertise was provided by AgoraFreight.com employees who also participated on a permanent basis in the project group. The high level of project communication organization, team unity and overall results-oriented mindset allowed us to enter the market a year after the start of the platform development.
How did you find Reksoft? Why did you choose to work with them?
When searching for a software partner, we reviewed offers from several Russian software development companies. We chose Reksoft because the company has almost 30 years of experience in developing unique solutions, has launched more than 10 successful startups and has a strong competencies in developing marketplaces and high-load websites (OZON, S7, O’keydostavka projects, etc.). As a result, Reksoft took over the development and maintenance, thus enabling us to focus on the business development and product requirements.
What is the status of this engagement?
Project completed. We launched a system for the price calculation of freight transportation services provided by freight forwarding companies and carriers that aggregates info of transportation services for international freight shipping.