Oppy, one of North America’s largest produce distributors, was looking for a technology partner who would listen to their needs, approach their problems objectively, and strengthen communication throughout their worldwide network of growers and buyers.
Transforming data into solutions
Oppy had a tremendous amount of information (updated on an up-to-the-minute basis) within each category of produce, but their old website was limited to presenting static pages and downloadable PDFs.
The client recognized that, by working with the right technology partner, their site had the potential to become a more useful tool for every member of the supply chain.
Rather than addressing a long list of bugs with the old site, Mellenger Interactive focused on developing a comprehensive project plan to create a new web-based tool that would deliver timely information (that was as fresh as the produce itself) and add real value.
We produced this demo video that appears on Oppy's homepage.
Interactive data experiences
Availability is presented in overlapping, brightly coloured bar charts. Location information is presented as interactive overlays, showing supply details of where a variety is sourced, right down to the province or region level. Category information for a specific variety of produce is easily determined through the use of icons.
Key employees throughout every division of the operation, as well as external suppliers, are now empowered to modify information, including product availability, using a streamlined data entry process. Fresh information is then propagated throughout the site so everyone in the supply chain is able to make decisions based on accurate information.
This level of interactivity provides a platform for collaboration between business operations that would otherwise rarely occur and allows for greater teamwork and problem-solving within the company.
By building a solution that gives category managers the tools to update data themselves, visitors can be confident the information on oppy.com is fresh and up-to-date, which will ultimately help drive sales and marketing initiatives.
Every facet of The Fresh Sheet is built with the ongoing needs of the user in mind. Whether we’re talking about potential customers, internal staff responsible for updating content, or people within Oppy responsible for making decisions based on timely information, we wanted this web-based tool to be easy to use and to deliver a fresh and rewarding experience every time.
For this reason, we made sure that it was built on long-term content delivery platforms that include Drupal CMS, HTML5, and a mix of interactive overlays (using custom programming, Google Maps API v3 and Fusion Tables.)
The result is a website that is easy to maintain, update, and enhance as additional functionality is required.
“We knew our website was capable of more, and partnered with Mellenger to realize its potential.”