What was the scope of their involvement?
They built an omnichannel platform on Magento 2 Enterprise Edition (EE). The team started with an MVP, after a few months they moved into the development of the core application to work out of Poland. In the following three months, they built cross-border versions to include three additional countries and create a marketplace. They developed this website from scratch and supported us as we rebranded in 2018.
They created an importer to batch and feed the information from our ERP and other services to Magento 2 because there wasn't a direct connection between the sources.
We integrated external partners like YourCX, Centuria, SMS API, SALESmanago, Feedlink, Claudinary, Carriers, PayPro(Przelewy 24), Allegro, and more. Strix has skilled frontend development, so they helped us build banners and all the visual aspects of the brand. That were used as well in retail communication.
We have extended versions of the retail stores on the website. Users can look at our stores, find out who is working at each location, and view store maps and reviews. The website caters to motorcyclists, and there are product breakdowns for each style of driver. We also have specialty versions of customer accounts, and a variety of clients have options for invoices, store preferences, and tailored newsletters.
What is the team composition?
A project manager acted as our direct contact. There were also two backend developers, two frontend developers, and one tester. During the foundational stages of the project, we worked with an engaged strategic director and a system architect.
How did you come to work with Strix?
There are five good Magento technology companies in Poland, and we sent briefs to each. Strix's price was 5%-8% higher than the other companies. They had previous experience in complex omnichannel projects on Magento, and they had a few motorcyclists on their team as well. They already had a plan when we met for the first time. Compared to other vendors, they were concrete.
How much have you invested with them?
The first 13-month development phase cost about $400,000 USD.
What is the status of this engagement?
We spoke with them during the last quarter of 2017 and signed a contract in December 2017 for 13 months. We agreed to have an MVP of the website before March 1, 2018—for the start of the motorcycle season. The platform needed to show and sell our full range of products through a nice design. Before the end of the year, we'd add other custom features for the core application's development. We planned on implementing an extended customer account, loyalty program, custom product page, check out functionalities, internal search for tires and parts, extended “my store page”, integration with the marketplace, and more. After finishing the core application website in Q1 2019, the product will open for cross border and another marketplace.