Creating a future-proof product solution for a leading luggage delivery company, powered by service design, data management and continuous improvement
Argid Technologies offers seamless B2B and B2C ‘door-to-door’ delivery solutions that move luggage or other belongings anywhere they need to be. Cyber-Duck has supported Argid’s transformation and driven its rapid growth into new sectors, markets and brands, with the design and build of a powerful, scalable bespoke web application - the Argid Luggage Management System – that minimises effort and maximises experience for colleagues, customers, and end users alike.
Supported on a single web application
conversion improvement for First Luggage
Argid Technologies is a technology organisation operating within the worldwide travel, hospitality and relocation industries. It provides seamless ‘door-to-door’ delivery solutions that move luggage or belongings anywhere they need to be with minimum effort via both B2B services and direct platforms for consumer customers.
Argid houses a variety of brands, including its pioneering flagship brand, First Luggage. Established in 2004 as service for high-net-worth individuals, First Luggage was one of the world’s first self-serve luggage booking systems, offering a way for travellers to travel with no baggage, save time at check-in, and avoid the queues at luggage carousels.
First Luggage’s unique proposition developed from the deep empathy Argid had gained from its long history in travel logistics. Not only did it aim to remove all friction and pain points from the customer experience (CX) but also to do the same for all stakeholders throughout the luggage delivery process, including suppliers, transport and delivery companies. There are no forms to fill in; First Luggage handles all requirements, such as customs forms, communications with customers, airline bookings and more besides. Proactively looking for potential flaws in the process, pre-empting them wherever possible and proactively tracking and resolving whenever a roadblock comes up.
It was First Luggage’s powerful proposition that Cyber-Duck has been working with Argid Technologies for several years to develop into a bespoke digital product capable of scaling globally into multiple B2B partner, white label and new B2C brands in new countries, sectors and markets like relocation services. This product takes the form of the Argid Luggage Management System (AMS) and self-service Customer Portals, all based on the Laravel framework. The new platform built by Cyber-Duck empowers the Argid team to effectively manage their global operations from one centralised, streamlined platform, serving all their partners’ delivery needs, however the service is configured.
We began our transformation programme with Argid Technologies by systematically mapping out their operational and human requirements. This was achieved through a series of user flow audits and service design blueprinting to unravel the commercial/business logic, use cases, and the various layers of management and integration.
As Argid had a system in place already, we baselined and benchmarked the performance of the existing code framework, design, and hosting configuration. This helped us to identify challenges and limitations from the perspective of user experience, data scalability, and flexibility.
From this Discovery phase, we identified the following areas to work on:
In parallel with this Discovery work, our design experts worked with the client’s internal teams. We produced and translated their service design blueprint and functional requirements into low-fidelity wireframes and prototypes. Alongside this, we also created a new, user-centred artistic direction for the new platform.
Backed by iterative usability testing, this process led to the creation of a series of high-fidelity, clickable prototypes. These demonstrated the effectiveness of the new user journeys, and solidified a sustainable roadmap for the new platform that worked for both internal teams and end users.
Working from these prototypes, we built a scalable, modular, and secure web application-based service for the client using Laravel, the open-source PHP framework.
Our challenge was to deliver this complex platform at pace, all while Argid Technologies were still operating their business as usual. To achieve this, we set up the client with dedicated management from a Cyber-Duck Product Director, who would put in place the right Agile methodologies for the different workstreams.
One of the client’s key requirements was the ability to manage multiple brands and user workflows from a single codebase. We designed and developed a new, centralised platform which integrated with their in-house accounting and payment processing platforms, offering a single source of truth for sales.
Future proofing and ongoing governance were extremely important in this project. Firstly, we set up a Product Management function to govern Agile methodologies such as Kanban, logic around acceptance criteria, ticketing, escalation, and to manage the documentation standards and rituals around workflows, meetings and gathering requirements.
A key aspect of product management was creating a culture of continuous improvement on all aspects of product management, delivery, stakeholder engagement and design, technology, and marketing performance. This was handled through frequent end-of-sprint review and retrospective sessions.
Secondly, by working closely with the Argid team, we set new architectural and database standards, providing a robust framework for security, disaster recovery and business continuity.
This approach ensures the high quality of the Argid platform will be maintained long into the future. As a result, there are now rigorous standards for acceptance criteria, so all new features and developments are clearly documented, empowering the client team, designers, developers and QA analysts.
Communication and documentation were key to this project. They would lay the groundwork for future governance and iterative work, and empower the Argid team to become more self-sufficient.
As part of this, we developed a central document centre based on ClickUp. This stores relevant information about the various integrations, APIs and custom business logic so all stakeholders and contractors can understand them easily. At the end of every meeting, a highly articulate suite of documents is generated, including links to Kanban and/or Scrum workflows, to help the collaborative culture continue to thrive.
This style of delivery, ownership and the open culture we developed were critical to the project’s success. Thanks to this approach, maintenance, new features and product expansion pivots have been highly successful, serving as an example for other projects. Everything we have done for Argid is underpinned by sustainability and governance, illustrating our future-proof approach to digital transformation.
Based on a new cloud architecture, we tailored the AWS infrastructure. We incrementally improved widget performance by 400% in terms of speed, and 83% in terms of conversions for the First Luggage product. The Customer Portal and Widgets were hosted on a scalable cloud platform. In terms of security, the system has been developed using Secure by Design (SbD) and Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) principles. This approach ensures that the platform is fully compliant to all required data security standards.
The First Luggage product proposition has evolved over many years of learning, both within the business and in the wider world. Since 2004, when the brand was first launched, people have become much more comfortable buying and booking online - particularly post-pandemic. Everyone – customers, employees, suppliers - want, need and expect fast, seamless and easy services and experience. This empathy for every user is embedded throughout the Argid Luggage Management System product code, business logic, and service.
Guided by this user-centred mindset, as well as in-depth technological investigation, Cyber-Duck has transformed Argid Technologies’s back-end technology into a future-friendly, scalable and highly user-friendly platform which can evolve as the business continues to grow and keep up with the market’s ever-changing demands. It was a real challenge to create code with so many different complexities and interdependencies – ironically, it took a deeply human-centred approach to successfully remove as much human requirement from the end luggage delivery process. Due to the scalable and flexible engine, the platform is now far more powerful and usable, helping First Luggage to win new B2B enterprise clients with global user bases.
We continue to work in partnership with Argid Technologies to deliver lasting, tangible value incrementally, with ongoing project management and regular deployments of further features. Throughout the last 6 months, Cyber-Duck has been coordinating and leading a multi-stream programme of development, working on multiple initiatives in parallel. Our multi-disciplinary team of experts continue to plan with relevant stakeholders, including third parties, to create a roadmap for Argid’s ongoing development and evolution.
As demonstrated through our key examples, Cyber-Duck is vastly experienced at leveraging the power of emerging technologies, the importance of clean data management, cultivating an Agile mindset, and focusing on scalability and how sustainability underpins our future-proof approach to digital transformation.
Throughout this project, there was a major emphasis on estimations, acceptance criteria, retrospectives, release notes and communication to maximise effectivity, efficiency, and ROI. The style of delivery, ownership and the open culture developed was one of the biggest single factors in the project’s success. Due to this, maintenance, new features, and product expansion pivots became highly successful and an exemplar for other projects. You can read about how we’ve integrated this approach in our How to scale Laravel projects and applications white paper here.
Supported on a single web application
conversion improvement for First Luggage
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