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client case: Fort Point Beer Company

Building a native application to provide a better experience for beer delivery drivers.

fast facts

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Fort Point Beer Company

client

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7 months

engagement duration

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San Francisco, California, USA

location

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5 experts from Eastern and Central Europe

EPAM team

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retail & distribution

industry

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positive; read below

feedback

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THE CHALLENGE

As an independent beer company that distributes its handcrafted beers to local restaurants and bars, Fort Point Beer Company was using a web-based application that was developed internally for its drivers to track beer deliveries and invoice clients.

However, the app was not able to integrate with existing systems or portable printers and did not offer an offline mode for drivers who faced poor network connectivity, making it difficult for them to perform their daily responsibilities.

To provide a better experience for drivers, Fort Point Beer approached EPAM Startups & SMBs for help in building a more robust, native mobile app.

the process

  • Business need validation
    Fort Point Beer needed to quickly assemble a small team to design the UX, engineer the back-end functionality and oversee the development of the app.
  • Scope determination
    First, the EPAM Startups & SMBs team consulted with Fort Point Beer to determine the scope of the project and interviewed drivers and key stakeholders to understand their needs and challenges.
  • Project start
    Leveraging our network of engineers, designers and consultants working remotely around the world, Fort Point Beer began working with a team of five experts distributed across three countries and five cities on its new application.
  • Progress check-in
    To stay on track and ensure they were addressing all business challenges and needs, our team hosted daily sync-ups and bi-weekly progress demos with the client, held workshop sessions with the drivers and conducted usability testing throughout the course of the project.
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THE SOLUTION

Through the close collaboration between EPAM Startups & SMBs and Fort Point Beer, a new native application for iOS was developed in one month with an offline mode that was seamlessly integrated with the client’s printers and existing CRM.

This enhanced functionality allows drivers to access the app at any time, print invoices on-the-go regardless of their location and easily input important data into the CRM to track sales and inventory. The app is currently in use by all Fort Point Beer drivers, who have been satisfied with the app and have not encountered any usability or functionality issues to date.

Following the project’s success, one engineer from EPAM Startups & SMBs is still working with the client to implement new features into Fort Point Beer’s CRM to help improve their performance.

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HEAR FROM THE CLIENT

We chose EPAM Startups & SMBs to develop a native mobile extension of an existing enterprise application. The EPAM Anywhere team was able to quickly identify the needs of our project and collaborate with key individuals within our organization to not only deliver the application on-time, but make significant improvements to our existing core application. EPAM Startups & SMBs was able to bring their enterprise-scale expertise to our bespoke in-house developed application. They were able to quickly add new functionality, reinforce existing infrastructure, and work closely with stakeholders within our organization to build effective roadmaps. We had used other freelance engineering services in the past, but EPAM Startups & SMBs provided a team and project management that felt like its own department within our organization.

Justin Catalana

CEO, Fort Point Beer Company

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