Wirtschafts und Verlagsgesellschaft Gas und Wasser mbH (WVGW) launches online shop based on silver.e-shop 3.0
WVGW commissioned silver.solutions to implement a new online shop connected to the its ERP system via web services. The shop offers products as well as downloads and serves association members as well as end-customers. The catalog features both exclusive member products and discounted prices for members.
The solution in detail
Version 3.0 of silver.e-shop is deployed for the first time as the shop software for the WVGW project. silver.e-shop 3.0 has been redeveloped from scratch based on the innovative PHP framework Symfony 2 and offers cutting-edge technology coupled with tried-and-tested B2B functions. The proven Web Connector interface provides the connection between Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the web shop. The shop is connected to the existing Typo3-based website of WVGW.
A modern shop design was created in-house at WVGW and implemented with the external front-end developers of agency uscreen. The front-end framework used is Storm, developed by silver.solutions - it facilitates cooperation with external web designers. The new shop version also supports modern user concepts such as the easy one-page checkout feature at the conclusion of the ordering process.
WVGW offers special products and conditions to members of the professional associations in its shop. Product data as well as prices and special conditions are derived from the ERP system at runtime and displayed in the shop. End-customers from around the world can also use the shop; for them, the shopping feature for the special products of the associations is deactivated.
An extensive search function is available for the large body of data of the DVGW regulations, specialist publications and other material. To allow visitors to find DIN standards and DVGW regulations quickly, eZ Find was extensively adjusted so that the most relevant matches can be found despite the proliferation of different naming conventions. Archived items are not included in the search; they are available for documentation and research purposes in a separate area.
silver.e-shop 3.0 includes the high-performance CMS eZ Publish 5, which is used to manage content pages. eZ Flow is used as portal management software for the design of the homepage. It offers employees of WVGW a lot of options for updating and managing the homepage.
As the first project based on the latest version of silver.e-shop, the new WVGW shop looks more contemporary and is even more user-friendly. The specially adapted search feature covers the entirety of the site content, and regulations can be downloaded as a PDF file immediately after purchase. Professional users benefit from special conditions, but end-customers can also easily put in orders. The order process is clearly structured and easy to use.
Thanks to the new and modern shop system we can now offer our customers even more convenience. The interfaces, which were specially adjusted for us, deliver the result faster and better, especially given the large number of products we offer. Prices for association members are now taken into account when you place an order. Because the shop is connected to our ERP system, we save a lot of time. Overall, this is a very successful project and the service provider very professional too.