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    Overview

    Ambio-N is a newly launched modern B2B Marketplace that connects the supplier and buyers of sustainably procured material. Their main aim is to accelerate the global circular economy by connecting businesses with resources that transform and improve sustainability across the supply chain.

    Objective

    The client wanted to build a marketplace to connect the supplier and buyers of sustainably procured material. Buyers can also verify supplier’s certifications. They wanted to align the buyers with sellers with used or certified sustainably sourced materials for a more responsible supply chain.

    Challenges

    The client was already working with a third-party vendor to build their platform using nopCommerce 4.20 but somehow, they were not able to achieve the customization they were looking for. The client wanted to have some gated content based on the access (Guest User, Free User, and Paid User), they wanted to tag the products and wanted to create a utility to connect specific certificates to specific suppliers. So, they approached TMotions with predefined and complex requirements that were not achieved by their previous vendor. When we verified the code, we realized that their previous vendor had not done any customization and it was only default nopCommerce.

    Solution

    The client opted nopCommerce as a choice of platform for this project due to its rich built-in functionality, multi-vendor, promotions, featured list, and other sales and marketing tools & because of its completeness and extensibility.

    • The client’s main requirement was to build a B2B marketplace for sustainable products with certifications. We started by creating a custom design from scratch as per the client’s requirement for a smooth and intuitive user experience followed by implementing the complex features. We tried to match the designs requested by the client.
    • We worked on the end to end  Product Taxonomy for the client and uploaded 1000s of the products with the automated processes that nop provides.
    • The platform offers gated content based on access. The Guest user can only view the items and cannot purchase, while the free member can view and purchase but can’t access the supplier and certificate directory. Paid member on the other hand will have full access to the system.
    Creating the utility to connect the Supplier & the certification directory was the most important  requirement
    • This platform maintains a suppliers & certification directory. Each supplier can select the certificates from the certification listing, which is a vital & reliability factor. Both the directories are interconnected & users can check the details of suppliers likes ESG indent, Circular indent which showcases its reusability & how the fabric which they are selling is impacting the environment.
    • The other feature we built is assigning badges to each product, which tells whether it’s reusable & environment friendly. Or not.
    • To get access to the directory to see the list of suppliers listed in the marketplace & their certifications both Suppliers & buyers must buy an annual plan.
    • We integrated mail chimp to send bulk emails & XERO plugin for accounting related needs. Any product purchased on this platform goes on directly to XERO tools mainly to take care of accounting purposes.
    • They have a specific strategic program, wherein the user has to fill a form to become an Ambio-N strategic partner, and the logos of the strategic partners are shown on the home page.

    Value Delivered

    • The site was launched successfully in Sep 2020. It provides suppliers with all the advantages of the marketplace along with the ability to showcase their products and services.
    • The products are reviewed and qualified via the Certification process before publishing to the Ambio-N marketplace helping gain more credibility among buyers.
    • The Online purchased data get synced with the XERO tool for accounting purposes & MailChimp to send bulk emails to their clients.

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