Custom Shopping Cart Development with a Microservices Approach
Within 18 years in ecommerce development, ScienceSoft provides consultancy on implementation of custom ecommerce solutions.
A shopping cart (also referred to as an ecommerce website or a webstore) is a web application used for digital commerce. A microservices approach to shopping cart development is applied when one needs flexibility in designing business logic and user experience for their online presence. A custom-built solution with decoupled microservices architecture is easier to evolve in the long run. In fact, shifting from monolithic to decoupled application architecture is commonly seen as one of the steps towards fundamental digital transformations in companies.
At its core, a microservices-based solution is a number of loosely coupled services interacting via a communication protocol and each responsible for a separate function. A custom shopping cart is built by putting each piece of ecommerce functionality into a separate service. These functional blocks connect to customer-facing digital touchpoints via APIs.
You obtain a shopping cart solution attractive for customers and returning the best value for investment when you secure fundamental ecommerce functionality and add advanced capabilities for a competitive edge.
- Role-based admin access and permissions.
- Catalog management.
- Product bundles.
- Price promotions, e-coupons.
- High-level customer segmentation.
- International payment gateways.
- Integration of shipping carriers.
- Order and return management.
- Multicurrency and multilanguage support.
- Descriptive analytics and reporting.
- Personalized online merchandising.
- Tiered pricing.
- Contextual landing pages for marketing initiatives.
- Micro-behavioral customer segmentation.
- Unified order management for multiple sales channels.
- Predictive analytics for demand forecasting, marketing and promotional campaign planning, etc.
User experience management
- Template-based web design.
- Layered navigation and filtered search.
- Variable products.
- Customizable product pages supporting various content formats (text, imagery, video).
- Point-based loyalty program.
- Knowledge repository (e.g., FAQ).
- Social media integration.
- User-generated content (product reviews).
- Registered and guest checkout.
- Automated tax calculation.
- Branded website design built on any front-end framework of choice.
- Product search enhanced with machine learning.
- 3D product visualization.
- AR-powered shopping experience.
- AI-powered product suggestions.
- AI-powered bots across chats, messengers in social media, phone.
- A store locator for omnichannel shopping experience.
- A custom checkout flow with upsells and customer-specific fill-in fields.
- User experience surveys triggered by user actions.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
- Micro-behavioral customer segmentation to detect specific patterns of customer behavior and decipher personal characteristics underlying them.
- Product search to proactively understand a customer’s search intention and suggest relevant products.
- Copywriting to quickly create and test different versions of product descriptions and promotional content and choose the best selling ones.
- Customer journey analysis across multiple digital touchpoints to understand their contribution to the revenue pipeline and allocate the marketing budget wisely.
- On-site upselling and cross-selling automation to optimize online merchandising of large product catalogs.
- Personalized marketing experience to be relevant and helpful to different customer micro-segments.
- Multiple landing page variations to match different marketing intentions.
- Quick personalized response to negative customer experience to restore trust and make a repeat visit possible.
- Voice-assisted shopping to let customers buy convenience products hands-free and place repeat orders instantly.
- Voice-controlled commands to improve the experience with video tutorials or assembly guides.
- Product recommendations made by a voice assistant to remind customers of products they previously bought.
- Interactive 3D product presentation to bridge the gap between online and offline experience and secure a confident product choice.
- AR-powered assembly instructions to deliver strong post-purchase support and reinforce customer trust.
Tips to succeed with a custom shopping cart
Hire strong consultants at the start of the development project to achieve the best ROI from custom shopping cart development.
Build your online store iteratively – start with an MVP, launch fast and advance it gradually responding to customer preferences that you continuously monitor.
Having opted for microservices architecture, take a full advantage of a possibility to shift your customer experience strategy along the way – the deployment of new features is fast and doesn’t disturb the solution operation.
Don’t follow blindly technology trends but get the feasibility of advanced technologies and approaches studied thoroughly to invest profitably.
Building a custom ecommerce solution with microservices requires a meticulous business analysis stage and solid architectural experience at the development stage. With 18 years of expertise in ecommerce technologies, ScienceSoft offers end-to-end services in custom shopping cart development.
- Investigating business needs and mapping them into ecommerce features.
- Providing a feasibility study of a custom microservices-based solution.
- Defining responsibilities and functions of each microservice and designing a high-level architecture of the end system.
- Designing a storefront on a modern front-end stack to achieve a desired website look and bring to life planned user experience design.
- Architecting microservices for a custom ecommerce solution.
- Establishing API communication between microservices.
- Applying several testing layers to quality check a modular solution and launch it bug-free.
Founded in 1989, ScienceSoft is a reputable IT provider with a worldwide presence and a vast service offering. Having set ecommerce as one of the strategic business directions, our team keeps apace with technology advances in the domain and meets diverse business needs of e-retailers with best-suited ecommerce solutions.