The Kosmas Bookstore stands as a pillar in the Czech book market. Beyond its renowned online presence, Kosmas runs a wholesale business, ensuring a steady supply of books to numerous bookstores and libraries nationwide. Seeking to streamline the book order process for its B2B partners, Kosmas collaborated with LinkSoft to create a custom B2B portal. This system swiftly emerged as a pivotal tool for the company, second only to its consumer-focused e-shop.
Kosmas Bookstore is a recognized name in the Czech book market. Its extensive wholesale network channels books to over 800 bookstores across the Czech Republic, ranging from expansive chains to boutique stores and specialized university libraries. Additionally, partnerships with 400+ publishers have placed Kosmas in a prime position, holding exclusive distribution for a select group.
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The synergy between Kosmas and LinkSoft has deep roots. With a track record of creating a high-performing e-shop, garnering accolades and boosting profitability, the partnership has evolved, encompassing website redesigns and cloud transitions. This legacy set the stage for Kosmas' latest ask: a B2B portal development.
Karel Suchánek, a programmer at LinkSoft, notes,
"The dynamics of a business-centric portal differ from a consumer e-shop. This system caters to the dual interfaces of publishers-Kosmas and Kosmas-booksellers. Our project approach was unique, driven by insights from Kosmas' in-house analytics guru, harnessing a bespoke database solution on MS Azure."
Built on the robust Microsoft ASP.NET Core MVC framework (v2.1), the solution leveraged the Entity Framework (v2.1.3) for database connectivity. The front-end sparkles with JQuery, enriched with the functionality of LinkSoft Tables.
Karel adds, "Our vision was to offer rich product data insights. Given the diverse data sources, we amalgamated the 'Code-first' and 'Database-first' strategies. Technologies like LinkSoft Tables and Google Charts enhanced user experience, offering crisp visuals and product sales narratives."
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