We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.

ACCEPT COOKIES


DinDon

A web platform for delivering goods from the USA to Kazakhstan

DinDon is a web service that ensures safe and fast delivery of goods from the USA to clients in Kazakhstan.

https://images.ctfassets.net/0nm5vlv2ad7a/58rQA3L3o7NSvYjhz3xn8p/811c09a1eae7c0477e2a5a9ccadae403/Main_Page.png?w&h&fm&fl
Time:

January 2021 — now

Type:

Web development

Industry:

Logistics

Platform:

Web

About

Project Idea

Our client partnered with us to create a web platform that would facilitate the shipment of goods from the USA to Kazakhstan. There was almost no good alternative where you could place your orders and track the delivery, so the system needed to be convenient, fast, and easy to use

The client had

  • A general idea of the service

We were responsible for

  • Building a web service from scratch

Team

Project manager

Two PHP engineers

JavaScript engineer

UX/UI designer

Wireframes

We started the project from the wireframing stage to visualize its architecture and understand the core user flow.

https://images.ctfassets.net/0nm5vlv2ad7a/HGnNlLxLPmrYoQsYSanVU/d46c72d250ccd2794163c74d2b4bfaa5/Group_5580.pnghttps://images.ctfassets.net/0nm5vlv2ad7a/HGnNlLxLPmrYoQsYSanVU/d46c72d250ccd2794163c74d2b4bfaa5/Group_5580.png

Technology Stack

https://images.ctfassets.net/0nm5vlv2ad7a/1YL9W2PPYlr76D0hcdFOKv/9a322d9e75faec485da86e99716bbc46/chart.png?w&h&fm&fl

How it works

1

User profile

A user creates an account and receives a storage locker number to use as an address when ordering on US websites.

YWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > User profile > Right arrowYWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > User profile > Bottom arrow

2

Order registration

The parcel arrives at the warehouse and is registered in the system by an employee.

YWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Order registration > Rigth arrowYWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Order registration > Bottom arrow

3

Inspection

Warehouse staff inspect the parcels for anything illegal or damaged.

YWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Inspection > Big bottom arrowYWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Inspection > Bottom arrow

4

Shipment

The parcels are organized into containers and sent to Kazakhstan on cargo planes.

YWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Shipment > Right arrowYWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Shipment > Bottom arrow

5

Customs

All parcels go through customs to see if there is anything which requires a declaration.

YWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Customs > Right arrowYWS > Works > CaseStudy > Dindon > How it works > Customs > Bottom arrow

6

Delivery

The user receives their parcel either at the airport or at the pick-up point.

Project’s key features

Warehouse integration

The service receives the most up-to-date information about the status of orders and keeps track of the delivery process.

Warehouse integration

Preparing declarations for customs and couriers

This process includes parcel declaration, barcode generation, package labeling, and data collection for the specific parcels in each container.

Preparing declarations for customs and couriers

Payment gateway

In addition to quick and secure payments via PayBox, users can also return money to their e-wallets immediately if necessary.

Payment gateway

SMTP integration

The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol was implemented with the help of SendPulse, enabling the sending of custom notifications and maintenance of email lists for promotions.

SMTP integrationSMTP integration

Challenges and Solutions

Integration with the warehouse in the USA

Challenge:

We needed to integrate a third-party warehouse (Ukraine Express) as a part of the platform to make sure we would have a storage facility for goods and could receive the most up-to-date information about orders.

Solution:

The warehouse cooperated with us and made several custom alterations to their API so we could smoothly integrate its services into the platform.

Status synchronization

Challenge:

There are many scenarios of things that can possibly go wrong with the parcel during a delivery. For example, a barcode could be damaged or a warehouse employee could forget to register the order. We needed to predict as many of these possible scenarios as possible so they could be identified quickly.

Solution:

To get the most relevant information about the status of orders, we implemented a cron job that runs once an hour and collects the necessary data. We've also added several webhooks that are triggered whenever the status of an order changes.

Damaged, dangerous, and prohibited goods

Challenge:

A parcel may contain damaged, dangerous, or prohibited goods. Warehouse staff check every parcel and if there is anything like that, they remove it. The system doesn’t know what items were removed and what the new weight of the parcel is. Since weight affects total delivery price, it is important to make sure the system stays updated.

Solution:

Every parcel with damaged, dangerous, or prohibited goods is divided into two parts. Part 1 includes allowed items and Part 2 includes the ones that should be returned to shops. After that, Part 1 is weighed again, the system calculates a new price and notifies the user of the changes.

Updating parcel information

Challenge:

With most services, users can’t update their parcel information like adding or removing items. Therefore, they had to wait for the next flight for their orders to be delivered up until now.

Solution:

We have made it possible for users to edit parcel information. However, this function is only available up to the container loading phase.

Results

A fully-functional delivery service

200+ registered orders per month

More new features to come!

What’s next?

Our next step is creating DinDon.Business—a delivery solution for retailers and small businesses.

Let’s move forward

Fill in this form orsend us an e-mail


We have received your request
We will be back in a flash