Challenges and Solutions
Web service to embed into online stores, marketplaces and procurement solutions
According to the original business idea the software was required to be naturally compatible with a wide range of e-commerce solutions so that the calculation results would be available to the user on-the-fly right on the merchant’s website.
The business objectives entailed a number of challenges in the application development:
- Design elegant and scalable solution architecture to stand high loads
- Integrate the calculation kernel with a specialized data provider
- Design and develop a time-saving product mapping mechanism to allow configuring associations of merchant’s product catalogs with unified customs codes (in particular, with HS — Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System)
- Create web widgets for fast service embedding into merchant’s website front-end
- Design a comprehensive billing module to allow configuring and refining targeted pricing plans
These tasks required profound experience in web applications development, integration skills and business knowledge. By engaging Itransition our customer obtained a reliable partner to overcome the challenges and avoid possible project risks.
Associating products, countries and duties
One of the major challenges was to develop and implement a smart mapping tool for synchronizing merchants’ internal product names and categorization with the unified international commodity coding system, and further with the specific classifications of importing country.
Itransition developed a flexible configurable tool that automatically finds, suggests and links the proper item name with the respective category in the classification of a particular country duty rates. Service administrators also have an option of manual mapping verification or adding appropriate associations for any specific item.
Widgets to deliver calculation results
The billing mechanism of the Duty Calculator is a business-critical module that automates calculations supporting both pay-per-transaction pricing model and periodic flat fee subscriptions.
Itransition developed a highly intelligent billing system transparent for administrators and subscribers. The billing module collects all the transactions performed under subscription and generates a bill on a monthly or weekly basis (depending on subscriber’s preferences). Retailers and stores connected to DutyCalculator have an opportunity to configure their billing methods by selecting services or setting up auto charging.
The documentation generation tool was requested in order to issue invoices and create packing lists. Users also have access to a comprehensive knowledge base that stores documentation related to import operations including duty rates and links to official sources.