TN transport came to Sunflower Lab with plans to expand their business and overhaul the entire bookkeeping of their delivery process. The company initially stored all its data in an excel spreadsheet on a single computer which needed job wise manual updating. This sheet contained information about the driver tickets, load schedules, and scheduled pickup time of drivers. Updating the sheet every now and then was a tedious task for the management team as it meant spending more time in office and less on the road. Additionally after a schedule delivery or pick up was completed, getting the invoices back to the company’s office took too long. TN Transport specifically wanted to automate parts of their software which resulted in increased operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. They also wanted to keep track of data easily and without having to input it entirely in a spreadsheet.
Sunflower Lab examined TN transport’s existing delivery process and worked with them closely to understand the transportation industry. They identified the key issue as “a lot of time was spent doing tedious tasks which could be automated.” To resolve this issue, we developed custom transport dispatch software with new mobile app and back end admin app for TN Transport.
The primary task of the development team was to create a new mobile app to overhaul invoice keeping, load scheduling, and driver tickets creation. Sunflower Lab made it easier for drivers to communicate with clients and field supervisors through the automation of the invoice. Now the users can create a new invoice slip directly from the app which is then uploaded to cloud storage for easy access. Drivers can additionally use their scanner to take an image of a paper invoice or a slip and immediately upload it as pdf to the company’s dropbox folder. Any driver or supervisor can access the individual invoice as soon as the delivery is completed.
Sunflower Lab designed the back end admin app for management team of TN Transport. This app helped the management to easily analyze metrics of time spent on the road, the cost of delivery and shorter truck routes for efficient pickup and delivery of goods. The back end app lets the management team assign drivers to trucks and post their job schedules. This entire task was carried out manually before the app was developed by Sunflower Lab for TN Transport. This process automation by Sunflower Lab has saved a lot of company’s time which has resulted in increased business, efficient communication with customers and achievement of customer satisfaction.
Together the improved features have helped automate TN Transport’s business flow vastly and illustrated how automation can improve the work environment for drivers and clients altogether in the transportation industry.
The efforts of Sunflower Lab have helped automate the transport industry in a way beneficial to both drivers and their clients. By increasing the efficiency of TN Transport’s business model, the company can now spend more time on expanding their delivery network and acquiring new clients. The data analytics from the backend app takes the metrics from each trip such as total mileage and pick up time to create the most efficient routing network for each delivery made by TN Transport. Sunflower Lab continues to work with TN transport for further improvements in processes and to cope with changing environmental requirements.
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by Yash Patel
Manning wanted to redesign its website Manning.Com to increase its user engagement and provide enhanced user experience. The management at Manning had many ideas for features such as Manning Early Access Program (MEAP), deals of the day, new releases best seller listings, search by title etc.
For Sunflower Lab team, understanding the publication business and drafting its solutions was a great challenge. The client wanted to roll out the new design within a time frame of 3 months.
Traditional engagement and delivery practices offer bottlenecks which slow down processes. So, Sunflower Lab team gave prererence to client interaction and working software over heavy documentation describing client needs. Hence, client collaboration in understanding business challenges and fuilfillment of business goals became important.
One of the challenges our team faced was to ensure that the new set of feature functionalities did not compromise upon user experience. The team at Sunflower Lab designed this application keeping user experience at its core. We also made sure that we did not give undue importance to a small subset of users. The corss-domain integration process helped us to avail additional information pertaining to Manning.Com domain.
Our engagement model helped the team at Manning Publications to voice their opinion and make suggestions at various stages of development. Sunflower Lab team delighted the Manning management by building a high-quality software within the given timeline despite many challenges. Our team redesigned the Manning portal with an improved user interface that greatly enhanced the user experience.
Gordon Food Service initiated Strategic Bid Application project to re-write the presentation layer with additional functionality. More business requirements and complexity have been discovered within the UI of the legacy presentation layer. This was leading to additional effort to untangle or reverse-engineer the requirements from legacy application UI layer. The timeline was a big challenge and business had less than 6 Months to roll out this application.
Sunflower Lab team worked with Gordon Food Service to identify the priority of different modules like bidding, price and price strategy, customer setup, and competitiveness in the application.
Sunflower Lab team has taken an approach of delivering one module at a time. The team carried out unit tests and integration tests cases during the development process. This automation test-suite helped in reducing testing time and thus the application was launched within the allocated time.
Sunflower Lab team delighted Gordon Food Service management by building high quality software well before the decided time frame. Sunflower Lab team’s best engineering practices and unique approach to problem solving made this application launch possible within its estimated launch date.
Initially, Storopack had worked with another local app development company to build their app. However, after months of struggle to overcome the technical and user experience challenges of the app, they were unable to do so. Thus, Storopack invited Sunflower Lab to redesign and rebuild the iOS app.
Sunflower Lab Team was given two months to deliver the solution. In the first meeting with StoroPack, Sunflower Lab identified the key challenges which included downloading files in offline mode, poor performance, deep navigation, content management complexity etc.
The original app used to halt the user flow to download content from CMS (content management system) application. But Sunflower Lab implemented asynchronous CMS content download ability and content caching which improved the app’s performance.
Original app had deep hierarchy navigation which made it difficult traversing through the app. Most of the content was not reachable within three taps. Sunflower Lab team redesigned the app considering core need of the users. Sunflower Lab also redesigned the dashboard to give app users quick access to product categories. Once the dashboard was redesigned, all the products became accessible within two taps. The app’s flat and always visible navigation bar largely improved navigation experience for app users.
Sunflower Lab team built custom content management application to manage all content for mobile apps. StoroPack administrators can now add or modify the product/material information, categories, pricing, videos, brochures etc. With just a single click of “publish” button, all the content can now be pushed to mobile app by the app administrators.
StoroPack management loved the solutions created by Sunflower Lab team. The Sunflower Lab development team was able to successfully launch the app within 6 weeks even after facing timeline pressures and technical challenges. This app was made available to all StoroPack associates and employees in 14 countries across the world. All the StoroPack products,materials and information became a tap away for its users.