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The Service Platform for Food Distributors

The client had an idea for a food service platform to collect the leads for the food suppliers and distributors. The main idea was to collect the info about the restaurants and then use the data to calculate the possible contract values. Dataforest created the web solution using complicated data parsing and processing logic alongside the backend development of the solution itself.

1 mil

USA restaurants data

5

connections with external data sources
The Service Platform for Food Distributors case preview

About the client

First Bite is a food service data, CRM, and selling tool in one solution. It helps food suppliers and distributors collect leads and calculate the potential contract value (LTV) based on 20+ parameters, such as menu, cuisine, location, etc.

Tech stack

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PostqreSQL
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Elasticsearch
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Django
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Celery
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Grafana

The client's needs

FirstBite sought a way to parse and collect large amounts of data from diverse sources, including maps, delivery platforms, and review services. The received data needed processing to calculate LTVs for each lead using the client's unique calculation method. One of the main challenges, aside from a precise calculating solution, was to build a solution very easy to use to satisfy non-digital-savvy customers.

Challenges & solutions

Challenge

LTV calculating service was taking a lot of time and wasn’t precise.

Solution

Integrating Dataforest’s very effective data parsing and cleaning solutions makes the data flow stable and efficient, and LTV calculation takes just 20 minutes.

Challenge

The LTV calculation process needed to be more transparent and understandable for the clients.

Solution

Dataforest opted to develop the new Admin Endpoint page that shows the calculation result and provides a file with step-by-step calculations.

Challenge

After integrating more than 55 million menu items, the web solution started working slowly.

Solution

With the ElasticSearch tool, Dataforest created the filtering solution by menu items, names, and descriptions. Now the web solution works smoothly even with more significant data amounts numbers and is ready for even more prominent.

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Results

The web solution is now being integrated with 5 different data sources, already has data from +1 million restaurants, and has +55 million menu items in the database. Nevertheless, Dataforest's way of building the solutions addresses all the possible sluggish performances—the solution works fast and precisely. The optimized filtering process and slick and user-friendly UI design are comfortable even for non-tech users. 

The solution's main great idea, the LTV service, was realized by implementing stable and efficient data source connections. As a result, the LTV calculation takes a mere 20 minutes; the process is highly transparent and understandable with the new Admin Endpoint, which returns a step-by-step calculation report.

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First Bite is a food service data, CRM, and selling tool in one solution.

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data scraping services

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Free consultation

It's a good time to get info about each other, share values and discuss your project in detail. We will advise you on a solution and try to help to understand if we are a perfect match for you.
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Discovering and feasibility analysis

One of our core values is flexibility, hence we work with either one page high level requirements or with a full pack of tech docs.  At this stage, we need to ensure that we understand the full scope of the project. Receive from you or perform a set of interviews and prepare the following documents: list of features with detailed description and acceptance criteria; list of fields that need to be scraped, solution architecture. Ultimately we make a project plan which we strictly follow. We are a result-oriented company, and that is one of our core values as well.
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Solution development

At this stage, we develop the scraping engine core logic. We run multiple tests to ensure that the solution is working properly. We map the fields and run the scraping. While scraping, we keep the full raw data so the final model can be enlarged easily. Ultimately we store data in any database and run quality assurance tests.
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Data delivery

After quality assurance tests are completed, we deliver data and solutions to the client. Though we have over 15 years of expertise in data engineering, we expect client’s participation in the project. While developing and crawling data, we provide midterm results so you can always see where we are and provide us with feedback. By the way, a high-level of communication is also our core value.
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Support and continuous improvement

We understand how crucial the solutions that we code for our clients are! Our goal is to build long-term relations, so we provide guarantees and support agreements. What is more, we are always happy to assist with further developments and statistics show that for us, 97% of our clients return to us with new projects.

How we provide data integration solutions

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Free consultation

It's a good time to get info about each other, share values and discuss your project in detail. We will advise you on a solution and try to help to understand if we are a perfect match for you.
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Step 2 of 5

Discovering and feasibility analysis

One of our core values is flexibility, hence we work with either one page high level requirements or with a full pack of tech docs.  

At this stage, we need to ensure that we understand the full scope of the project. We receive from you or perform a set of interviews and prepare the following documents: integration pipeline (which data we should get and where to upload), process logic (how system should work); use cases and acceptance criteria; solution architecture. Ultimately we make a project plan which we strictly follow.
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Solution development

At this stage, we build ETL pipelines and necessary APIs to automate the process. We attract our DevOps team to build the most efficient and scalable solution. Ending up with unit tests and quality assurance tests to ensure that the solution is working properly. Focus on Results is one of our core values as well.
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Solution delivery

After quality assurance tests are completed, we deliver solutions to the client. Though we have over 15 years of expertise in data engineering, we are expecting client’s participation in the project. While developing the integration system, we provide midterm results so you can always see where we are and provide us with feedback. By the way, a high-level of communication is also our core value.
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Support and continuous improvement

We understand how crucial the solutions that we code for our clients are! Our goal is to build long-term relations, so we provide guarantees and support agreements. What is more, we are always happy to assist with further developments and statistics show that for us, 97% of our clients return to us with new projects.

Steps of providing web applications services

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Web development discovery

In the initial stage of the web-based development project, professional business analysts make detailed documentation of the project requirements and the approximate structure of the future web application. DATAFOREST is a custom web application development agency, guided by extensive experience in multiple industries. We give you detailed project documentation and then assemble the team according to your time and budget.
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UX and UI design

Based on your wishes, the needs of your target audience, and the best web application design and development practices, our UX and UI experts create an aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly interface for your app to satisfy even the most demanding users.
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Web-based application development

At DATAFOREST we are following the best programming design principles and approaches. Being a data engineering company, we build high load platforms, with a significant level of flexibility and result orientation. We keep our deadlines and follow SOC 2 compliance requirements.
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Integration

With DATAFOREST, integrating the application into your business won’t stop your processes for a minute. We provide seamless integration with your software infrastructure and ensure smooth operation in no time.
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Quality assurance

We use a multi-level quality assurance system to avoid any unforeseen issues. Working with DATAFOREST, you can be confident that your web app development service solutions arrive to the market polished and in full compliance with all certification requirements.
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24/7 support

Once a product is released to the market, it’s crucial to keep it running smoothly. That’s why our experts provide several models of post-release support to ensure application uptime and stable workflows, increasing user satisfaction.
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Web app continuous improvement

Every truly high-quality software product has to constantly evolve to keep up with the times. We understand this, and therefore we provide services for updating and refining our software, as well as introducing new features to meet the growing needs of your business and target audience.

The way we deal with your task and help achieve results

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Free consultation

It's a good time to get info about each other, share values and discuss your project in detail. We will advise you on a solution and try to help to understand if we are a perfect match for you.
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Discovering and feasibility analysis

One of our core values is flexibility, hence we work with either one page high level requirements or with a full pack of tech docs.  

In Data Science, there are numerous models and approaches, so at this stage we perform a set of interviews in order to define project objectives. We elaborate and discuss a set of hypotheses and assumptions. We create solution architecture, a project plan, and a list of insights or features that we have to achieve.
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Solution development

The work starts with data gathering, data cleaning and analysis. Feature engineering helps to determine your target variable and build several models for the initial review. Further modeling requires validating results and selecting models for the further development. Ultimately, we interpret the results. Nevertheless, data modeling is about a process that requires lots of back and forth iterations. We are result focused, as it’s one of our core values as well.
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Solution delivery

Data Science solutions can be a list of insights or a variety of different models that consume data and return results. Though we have over 15 years of expertise in data engineering, we expect client’s participation in the project.  While modeling, we provide midterm results so you can always see where we are and provide us with feedback. By the way, a high-level of communication is also our core value.
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Support and continuous improvement

We understand how crucial the solutions that we code for our clients are! Our goal is to build long-term relations, so we provide guarantees and support agreements. What is more, we are always happy to assist with further developments and statistics show that for us, 97% of our clients return to us with new projects.

The way we deal with your issue and achieve result

Consultation icon

Free consultation

Step 1 of 5

It's a good time to get info about each other, share values and discuss your project in detail. We will advise you on a solution and try to help to understand if we are a perfect match for you.
Analysis icon

Step 2 of 5

Discovering and feasibility analysis

One of our core values is flexibility, hence we work with either one page high level requirements or with a full pack of tech docs.  

Depending on project objectives, DevOps activity requires auditing the current approach, running metrics measurement, performing monitoring and checking logs. By having a set of interviews, we ensure that we understand the full scope of the project. Ultimately we make a project plan which we strictly follow. We are a result-oriented DevOps service provider company, and that is one of our core values as well.
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Solution development

At this stage, our certified DevOps engineers refine the product backlog. We deliver great results within digital transformation, cost optimization, CI/CD setup, containerization, and, last but not least, monitoring and logging. We are a result focused company – it’s one of our core values.
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Solution delivery

After quality assurance tests are completed, we deliver solutions to the client. Though we have over 15 years of expertise in data engineering, we expect client’s participation in the project. By the way, a high-level of communication is also our core value.
Support improvement icon

Step 5 of 5

Support and continuous improvement

We understand how crucial the solutions that we code for our clients are! Our goal is to build long-term relations, so we provide guarantees and support agreements. What is more, we are always happy to assist with further developments and statistics show that for us, 97% of our clients return to us with new projects.

Success stories

Check out a few case studies that show why DATAFOREST will meet your business needs.

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The dropshipping company needed a way to automatically monitor prices and stock availability for over 100,000 products from over 1,500 stores. We created a system using custom scripts and a web interface that could check 60 million pages daily. This led to a reduction in manual work and errors, and improvements in customer experience and a $50-70k increase in monthly profits.
1000h+

manual work reduced

60 mln

pages processed daily

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CEO Advanced Clear Path, Inc., E-commerce Company
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They always find cutting-edge solutions, and they help bring our ideas to life.

Supply chain dashboard

The client needed to optimize the work of employees by building a data source integration and reporting system to use at different management levels. Ultimately, we developed a system that unifies relevant data from all sources and stores them in a structured form, which saves more than 900 hours of manual work monthly.
900h+

manual work reduced

100+

system integrations

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Michelle Nguyen

Senior Supply Chain Transformation Manager Unilever, World’s Largest Consumer Goods Company
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Their technical knowledge and skills offer great advantages. The entire team has been extremely professional.

Demand forecasting

We built a sales forecasting system and optimized the volume of goods in the warehouse and the range of goods in different locations, considering each outlet's specifics. We set up a system that has processed more than 8 TB of sales data. These have helped the retail business increase revenue, improve logistics planning, and achieve other business goals.
88%

forecasting accuracy

0.9%

out-of-stock reduced

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Andrew M.

CEO Luxury Goods Retail
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I think what is really special about the DATAFOREST service is its flexibility, openness, and level of quality and expertise.

Data-driven marketing

We created a solution that helped optimize the customer base to get the most out of the customer data. This solution notifies the client about the services/goods, which they would likely buy, according to the gathered information.
20%

sales growth

200%

traffic boost

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Jeremy Groves

CEO ThinkDigital, Digital and Marketing Agency
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They developed solutions that brought value to our business.

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