With new Health & Safety at Work regulations Council required an upgrade to their paper-based systems to ensure compliance.
The Council manages a number of storage sites across the region which house a range of hazardous substances. With recent updates to legislation, they needed to get a new system in place that provided a far more robust method of handling and tracking inventory.
Building an integrated consignment management solution
The vision was to build an end-to-end technology solution that supported the customer and operational journeys from start to completion. This began with customer's dropping off their items in-store, to curating and preparing goods for sale, synchronising inventory with the online store and POS, and allowing customers to track and arrange payouts for items sold.
Collaboration with the Council's BA team
We worked closely with the Council's business analysts to write and refine the set of user stories and acceptance criteria that formed the final requirements.
The solution was fully wireframed in advance to facilitate usability testing. UI was kept simple in keeping with the nature of the product but was also kept in line with BOPRC’s brand look and feel.
User stories were grouped into sprints with working demos delivered at the end of each block of work. Feedback was taken on board and looped back into subsequent sprints to ensure the project stayed focused on ease of use.
The frontend used a bootstrap theme to speed the development process, and we built the backend on .NET backend. Development and UAT environments were set-up in Microsoft Azure with the final solution being self-hosted by the Council.
A fully integrated solution
The Council's new portal modernises the way staff and contractors manage hazardous substances across the region, providing accurate stock taking in real time, and fully meeting the requirements of new Health and Safety at Work regulations,