Tom Williamson(Senior UX Designer)
Jake LaCivitas (Product Manager)
I led an end to end design process for a web dashboard and added components to the already existing design system
Smarter Sorting’s classification portal streamlines receiving and managing regulatory information for all products in one place
This process of sending and receiving this data is disjointed creating friction between Retailers and Suppliers
A dashboard that captures all data of the inventory and can help with providing real time insights through custom reporting.
Before I deep dive into the project, let us first understand the context. We all know Costco, they are big retailers and they sell stuff to people, in order to sell stuff, Costco needs to classify all their products. In order to classify them they require regulatory information from supplier.
Currently, this process is disjointed and tedious and some still use Google sheets for handling and maintaining these sheets. It takes months to get items on shelves, items are often misclassified and this costs time and money.
Smarter Sorting's classification portal is trying to solve this market gap by providing a more robust digital framework and enabling better communication between retailers and their suppliers.
After the preliminary research, we focused on interviewing Internal Stakeholders to understand what the business needs and align my project with what they envision the future of the product to be. We also conducted User Interviews with Retailers and Suppliers to understand the pain points and requirements from both user groups.
Here I identified different work roles amongst the user group. I defined their
2. Extracted Solutions for this.
3. Proposed possible features.
After scoping down my user group and extracting all the possible needs and solutions for them, I focused on prioritizing them for all the User groups. I built a Priority Matrix by calculating its Opportunity score by understanding its importance and user satisfaction that was obtained through user interviews. This helped me build an MVP that could be rolled out in the near future, while actively thinking about an ideal final product.
I went ahead and used this Priority matrix to identify the most important user needs for all the user groups. With this I have a documented list of needs that i can tap back on when designing any feature or flow.
With a list of needs that users have I went ahead and grouped them into categories. These categories were loosely based on their function.
The externalization helped me in listing down all the feature that could be used by our users. But I needed to sit through and think which set of features generate the most value especially for our MVP-1. All these features are then categorized and grouped together based on their function.