Bicycle shop 2.0
The ‘impossible’ deadline is typical for Zonder’s style of entrepreneurship: off the beaten track, thinking in possibilities instead of problems. It is at the base of Veloretti, the online bicycle brand he launched five years ago. By now Veloretti designs, manufactures and sells timeless city bikes in 27 countries.
Zonder wanted to produce high quality design bikes, with a friendly price tag. The only way to do this was by rigorously shortening the distribution chain, and to sell outside existing bike retail. “We deliver our bikes directly to the customer by courier, without interference from the traditional bike sellers. This keeps the price of our bikes low, without compromising on quality. And it makes our market much bigger than just the Netherlands.”
Veloretti’s distribution model depends heavily on a properly functioning eCommerce platform. When after 1,5 years of development the projected Magento website failed to live up to Veloretti’s requirements, Zonder had to come up with a better alternative.
A ‘custom standard’ solution: Shopify & Code
He did his research and ended up with Shopify. It suited Veloretti’s requirements, having more possibilities and better references than for instance Lightspeed. Only the transaction fees charged by Shopify were a disadvantage. With Veloretti’s high order values a commission on transactions is quite a bit of money. Nonetheless Zonder is positive: “In return you get to use a very well-designed platform!”
The next step was finding a developer who could meet his ambitious deadline. This is where Code entered the picture: we were the only ones prepared to commit to it.
In addition to the supertight deadline, optimizing the Bike Configurator tool was an interesting puzzle. With this tool customers on the Veloretti site can see what their bike will look like, complete with the accessories they select. In the Magento version the Bike Configurator was programmed to generate a picture of all possible combinations of bikes and accessories. Result: about 29.000 images, all eating up space.
In general he is quite pleased with CODE. “Stable, pragmatic, fast, live up to their promises... It was a pleasure to work with them!” And the result is promising: the new site was launched a month ago, and conversion rates are already up. We at Code are particularly proud of the smooth mobile site, by the way. Be sure to check it out, if you have your smartphone at hand: www.veloretti.com! And put together some nice bicycles in the Bike Configurator while you’re at it ;)