Daniel Hennessy and John Maher founded Buybuykitchens.co.uk in 1998. Now it is currently the leading online kitchen shop provider in the United Kingdom. The company has firmly etched a place in fitted kitchen units, but they had a challenge to overcome.
The team at buyBuyKitchens.co.uk was seeking an affordable supplier to create and maintain a website to track and respond to online sales. The company wanted users to be able to review the current inventory, while also being able to use these pre-made items to craft their own custom unit. Subsequently, the company wanted to give users the ability to track the cost of the order, make the order through a shopping cart and, lastly, pay for the item through multiple payment options.
ITM House stepped in to develop a two module web solution. It required a front end interface and a back end management channel.
On the front end, users could do everything the customer requested. This included the staples of online store management, such as a shopping cart, checkout system, and order management system.
The real trouble in the front end came from the visualization and custom development. ITM House settled on a complex visualization tool. Users could select unit types, colors, materials, and additional included features to craft their custom kitchen unit. As changes were made, users could see the applied cost changes.
The payment processing was completed through Realex, a formidable and dynamic online payment gateway. Users could utilize PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, and others.
The back end was also thoroughly comprehensive.ITM House wanted to make the back end accessible for the customer. This resulted in a text and image management tool which was no more complicated than Microsoft Word in text formatting. The customer could also access inventory, and manage it through clear visuals (not embedded text code).
The customer could then make any inventory adjustments they needed in a visualized back end. This included item removal, price changes, new product additions, and other essential alterations. The customer was also able to add pertinent notes on marketing, schedules, and other additions not necessarily visible on the front end.
ITM House delivered the solution built on PHP 5.3, Symfony 1.4 framework and Propel ORM.