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Cutting Edge Technology helps solve the problems of a Traditional Scottish Industry
TCS Programme TCS 2799: The Virtual Shop Project.Sep 1999 - Sept 2001.
The costly process of storing and managing expensive stockholding can pose problems for companies trying to expand into international markets. This is even more problematic for companies offering hire services as well as retail services on an international basis, and the logistics associated with tracking and managing the dispatch and return of expensive hire goods can be prohibitive. The solution to this problem was to develop a multimedia virtual shop system linked via the Web to a centralised database. This work was undertaken by a recent graduates from the School's Computing programme, funded by the Teaching Company Scheme (TCS), and was supervised by staff from the School of Computing.
This TCS project also developed an interactive e-commerce system which has allowed customers to browse through hundreds of items of Highland dress and place orders electronically, the outfits being dispatched from the stockholder.The system provides order management and shipping tracking facilities, enabling staff to optimise the handling, storage and movement of expensive stock items. The system is also used to coordinate the different satellite retail outlets and allow a centralise stockholding to efficiently handle the hire and maintenance of stock. Collaboration & External Funding
External Funding: TCS Grant £74K
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