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Urban Ladder chose Spree to introduce world class tech innovations that massively simplify furniture shopping

Making millions of Indian homes beautiful

Founded by Ashish Goel and Rajiv Srivatsa in July 2012, Urban Ladder is India’s leading online furniture company that aims to provide a curated destination for home solutions, to help the Urban Indian build well-furnished, beautiful homes.

 

It offers over 5,000 products and 35 categories such as wardrobes, sofas, beds, dining tables, storage shelves, etc. The furniture is curated with design inputs from Urban Ladder’s in-house team of experienced designers.

 

Urban Ladder is backed by top-tier venture capital firms Steadview Capital, SAIF Partners and Kalaari Capital and Sequoia Capital. In February 2014, the company bagged the “Best Digital Start-up” Award.

Spree Commerce Success Story urban ladder

Highly design focused

The Urban Ladder team aims to provide shoppers with a wide range of contemporary designs and high quality, handcrafted furniture that blends beauty with functionality along with easy accessibility. The website’s seamless user interface and easy navigation enhance the virtual showroom experience.

 

The company is working on several tech innovations to solve complex furniture e-commerce problems. Some of the key focus areas for Urban Ladder are mobile, data and analytics and product visualization.

 

“We are investing heavily in technology to introduce world class tech innovations that will massively simplify furniture shopping.” – Rajiv Srivatsa, COO

Urban Ladder & Spree

The Challenge:

 

Urban Ladder differentiates from other online furniture sellers by being “highly design focused” and offering a “very curated range.” Therefore its tech, including its mobile products, should enhance its competetive advantage.

In 2015 the startup raised $77 million from Silicon Valley-based investors and top-tier VCs. Technology was believed to be a key driver in Urban Ladder’s growth. Some of this funds were spent on the migration of its e-commerce platform from Magento to Spree.

 

The key tasks for the development of the  new Urban Ladder marketplace:

 

  • Developing core e-commerce features around searching, sorting, discoverability in the context of high-touch, high-feel and high-ticket home decor products such as sofas, beds and dining etc.
  • Scaling up our web app for high performance, high availability to millions of users while innovating on Urban Ladder’s rich UI experience with image galleries, videos, 360-degree views, zoom view pictures of products
  • Developing a customized recommendation engine based off of browse history, buyer behavior, collaborative filtering across category, price points, city as well as product trends

 

Tech Stack:

 

  • Spree Commerce
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySql
  • Javascript
  • JQuery
Spree Commerce Success Story Urban Ladder

Conclusions:

Urban Ladder is a design-led, omnichannel brand which offers furniture and home decor. With over 5000 designs across 35 categories such as living, dining, bedroom, study etc. After securing $77 million funding, a decision was made to invest heavily in technology, as it was believed to be a key driver in Urban Ladder’s growth. Spree proved to be the right choice thanks to its flexibility, scalability and reliability.

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