Lockside has just completed a flagship project of rationalisation and cost reduction of Newbury News group’s web presence. The task involved updating and rationalising the main web site – newburytoday.co.uk, which is an exceptionally busy WordPress site that had been built some years ago and expanded to a level that required bigger and bigger servers to maintain an acceptable performance. It became clear that adding more horsepower was not the answer and in-depth performance analysis was needed. The project was completed on time and the server performance has exceeded expectations. Each of the website meets a particular need in the greater Newbury area, helping residents to find information they need and keeping in touch with daily events in this burgeoning community.
Cromwell is Europe’s leading independent supplier of maintenance, repair and operations type products, offering the widest choice to all industries, professions and trades. They have a stockholding in excess of £50M spread throughout the world. 54 UK branches offer a Trade Counter/Collection Service and a daily delivery to local Industry.
Lockside is working with Cromwell to implement Geni-Sys to supplement in-house systems developed by Cromwell’s development team.
The marketing department is responsible for multi-channel marketing of hundreds of thousands of products via catalogues ranging from 10s of pages to the main 2000 page catalogue, produced in different versions and languages. The web site is a vital channel and carries products that are not in catalogues and vice versa.
Managing such a vast range, of sometimes highly technical products, needs a system that can manage multiple channels, multiple languages, product specifications, images, attachments, prices and much more besides. It also has to work with other systems such as ERP and web shops.
Critical to the project, and the reason Lockside was chosen is to automate much of the production of catalogue pages. The work flow involves product selection, image attachment, grouping of products in to families together with their images and building pages in Quark XPress.
Lockside delivered a new web application for DriveRight at “THE WORLD’S LEADING FAIR OF THE TYRE INDUSTRY”. The application allows users to find wheel and tyre information gathered from worldwide data sources managed by DriveRight. The development schedule was really tight with co-ordination and project management split between New Zealand, UK and Bulgaria. The co-operation was amazing and we delivered much more that originally planned.