Building a digital marketplace for technical vocational training equipment
Edquip helps educators, teachers, and professors, to save both time and money when acquiring instructional technology for classrooms and training centers. The solution is an online marketplace with high quality information and productivity tools to help customers find the best didactic equipment, and to help producers find high quality customers.
Development of a digital marketplace including, product listings, ratings and review functionality, product comparison functionality, category pages, producer listings, search and filter functionality, customer portals, producer portals, quotation request functionality, ordering functionality etc.
Customer Key Facts
Problems within the industry of didactic training equipment
In vocational schools, training centers, polytechnics, community colleges and engineering faculties many technical subjects are mainly taught in a hands-on manner with didactic technical training equipment. As the training provided needs to be on-par with technological development, educators, trainers and professors, regularly need to source new training systems for their labs, workshops and classrooms. Historically it is very time consuming and expensive to search, find, evaluate, source, commission, install, and train for new didactic systems applied in vocational or technical education. This is mainly due to the structure of the industry, alongside the typical personalization for each customer. The team behind Edquip decided to make this purchase process easier for the customers by aggregating and pooling together didactic products from different producers. The aim was to provide high quality information alongside productivity tools, to help the customers to save both time and money
"We knew that the system would have to manage a lot of product listings, so we looked for a PIM which would be easy to work with for non-developer staff. It was also important for us that the solution would maintain flexibility while being robust enough for future growth. We landed on Pimcore and it has been great support for our operations so far!"
Using technology to help customers save both time and money
The solution developed was an online marketplace, where educators can easily search for training systems by categories, and narrow their searches with filters, to quickly find what they are looking for. There are comparison functionalities where the customer can compare underlying parameters for various similar products from different manufacturers. The customer can further go into detailed product and producer reviews to understand the efficacy of the educational knowledge transfer. The customer can request quotations straight from the manufacturers and find the best solution for them through an elaborate bidding system built into the Edquip marketplace. Simultaneously the marketplace offers the producers of didactic equipment to increase reach, decrease costs, and manage their online reputation in one single place.
"We love challenges and the Edquip project was definitely a big one. To build state-of-the-art solutions and provide best possible results is apart of our DNA and thanks to opportunity given by Edquip we were able to build a project enabling amazing experience to customers looking for education equipment."
Edquip, a success story that has just begun
The Edquip online marketplace for technical training equipment, has up to date gathered a significant number of manufacturers listing their products across different categories. Examples of such training equipment are cutaways of industrial equipment, functioning diesel motors for automotive maintenance training, renewable energy installation trainers, learning factories for automation-skills such as plc, industrial robotics, mechatronics etc. HVAC-R training systems, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, CNC, aviation maintenance training systems and the list goes on. Customers using the Edquip marketplace come from all around the world and represent, technical schools, vocational training centers, polytechnics, community colleges, universities, ministries of education and labor, as well as some of the development banks and funding agencies.