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Green Acres

Green Acres Nursery & Supply is a Sacramento-local, family-owned business. They opened their first garden center in 2003. Each of their five garden centers has its own personality, offering many varieties of common plants as well as unique plants and products, sourcing from local vendors when possible. Green Acres has a committed staff of plant nerds who put priority of their customers. They even host several educational and family-fun events.

Overview

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Green Acres wanted a new collection page and popup order form for their new line of sod products. The order form presented some difficulties and in the end we had to go beyond the initial scope to work on the cart and checkout pages as well in order for everything to work cohesively.

The Challenge

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Green Acres wanted to start reselling a new line of sod products sourced from another company and two things were requested:

  • A collection page for their new sod product line, designed to be closely in-line with the company from which they were sourcing the sod products.
  • A popup order form only visible for sod products. Green Acres had a basic wire frame for the form and were clear about things that the order form need to be able to do:
    • Let customers select the quantity of the product
    • Choose whether they want to add upsell products (max of 2 with their own quantity selector for each)
    • Choose whether they want installation for the sod product
    • Choose shipping information
    • Calculate the current sod order based on what user selected 

The Process

First, we had to design the popup order form to be user friendly and match the Green Acres theme. Then we developed both the template pages and order form side-by-side. The template pages were completed first without much issue. The order form, however, had some complications due to the complexities of its nature and the various features expected from it. 

Some of the originally scoped features of the order form were changed or removed, others were created and then scraped. It was a balancing act between the complexity of features and intuitive user experience. For instance, the shipping calculation actually had to be removed from the form to avoid confusion for customers. Certain contents on the order form had to be made customizable. For sod installation, there were two types of installations, each with two sub-options that calculate and apply differently based on the product and quantity customer selected.

During the development process it became clear that we needed to also work on the cart and checkout pages. This was outside of the original scope of the project, so we worked with the client to adjust the project estimates and expectations.

The Solution

After a couple rounds of revision and testing, we were able to verify that the customer experience process from collection page, product page, cart, and checkout all worked smoothly. Despite the challenges of the order form, keeping track of the various inputs and features, we managed to successfully develop a pop up order form for the sod products that fulfilled the client’s needs while remaining user friendly.

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