We work with Shopify every day. One of the things we love about it is the way it's democratised ecommerce - anyone has the platform they need to start an online store. Running on Shopify also means that store owners are able to leverage a huge ecosystem of applications, plugins, 3rd party developers and designers, themes, support channels and resources.
Looking at a restaurant/hospitality industry chained to expensive and inflexible software platforms, we thought we'd try to bring the advantages of the platform into this new vertical.
What it does
TasteTable extends Shopify's functionality to make it a perfect fit for the needs of a restaurant, coffee shop or other hospitality-based retail store trying to compete for customers in 2015.
Building TasteTable on top of Shopify means that merchants get:
- a reliable platform handling order and inventory management;
- access to an existing ecosystem of apps, plugins, and developers/designers;
- core functionality specific to the hospitality industry;
- a new ecosystem of apps, plugins and developers/designers focused just on TasteTable.
How we built it
TasteTable has been built as a Rails application that interacts with a merchant's Shopify store using the Shopify API. That application interfaces with a range of other services to help deliver the additional pieces of functionality developed for the specific use case examples we wanted to showcase.
Challenges we ran into
Too many fun ideas, not enough time!
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Getting a range of completely different use cases fleshed out and implemented in two days.