Have you been wondering about getting into an online business? Or think if you would earn as much revenue as Uber?
By the way, the flower delivery app business is the next big thing, an Uber-like app for flower delivery that lets you reach a wide audience base.
The reasons are quite simple and compelling.The United State's online flower shops market size is $5 bn, and astonishingly, the number of active players is just over 1000. Thus for 0.33 bn people, only a thousand vendors operate across the States. We arrive convincingly at the conclusion that the flower delivery business has a lot of potential for startups and SMEs to thrive. But on the other side of the table, if you are a florist or into horticulture and don't
Why build a flower delivery app?
The floral industry is completely fragmented; the top 50 firms make 10 percent of the revenue generation. The top firms include 1-800-Flower.com, FTD, and Teleflora;. However, there are over 15,000 retail flower windows that constitute local florists, independent florists, and mass merchandisers, most of them don't have an app.
Though the pandemic didn't make it feasible for the floral industry to thrive, people seem to make up for the lost connection in the post-pandemic period. Further, 80 percent of people love receiving or giving bouquets of beautiful blossoms.
Now coming to the floriculture market, the global market survey reported that it will show a compound annual growth of 5.7 percent year on. Moreover, the market revenue will potentially grow to $70.85 bn by 2027.
The growing demand for the floral industry requires an increasing number of ventures. However, a live counter is accessible to localities, and can often miss many. That isn't a bargain for lost revenue and audience. Thus if you are a florist, either a store owner or a chain owner, it becomes an apt time to build an online app store.
How to build a flower delivery app?
As of now, you have got an understanding of why to build a flower delivery app; we now tell you how to build one. We first describe the prerequisites and then proceed to build a flower delivery app.
Building an on-demand flower delivery app requires effort, time, and capital. It is not wise to waste unnecessarily any of those. The initial requirements are listed below, and you need an analyst team to figure out how.
Validate your idea
You have to produce enough convincing reasons why you want to set up an online store.
You don't have to unleash your creative genius; rather, you have to learn from other apps. Analyze why they are successful, what the audiences have preferred, and the trend.
Know your target market, see whether the demand is short-lived or will thrive in the foreseen future.
Set a budget and release time
Know how much to spend where. Though companies may spend hundreds to thousands of dollars creating an app, each business is different. You have to estimate the scale and functionality of your app. The app development cost varies on factors discussed later in this blog. However, you have to keep 25 percent of your budget for after-release requirements.
Draft a plan
It is advisable to draft your vision precisely and concisely within 1000 words. The draft should include a business plan, project plan, rough release date, and a step-back plan if things turn course.
After you figure out the above list, we can proceed to the app-building process. The latter sections discuss and provide useful insights on a step-by-step approach to creating a flower delivery app.
Step1. Choose an App Business model
Choosing a business model depends on your business resources, SME model, and extent. For a flower delivery app, you can choose either an app for the marketplace or an online store.
Simply an Uber for 'X.' Here, the various floral stores and florists list themselves on your app. And your company is responsible for carrying out the delivery of the ordered products.
App for Flower and bouquet chain
Suppose you are an owner of floral chain stores. In that case, you can choose this model to increase your market presence and conversions—an effective app solution to outreach customers.
App for Online Store
Whereas if you are an SME, owner of a single store, you can use an online platform to display your products and services. You shall benefit from new audiences and can potentially establish a bouquet chain.
Step2. Know the stakeholders
The stakeholders are based on the business model you choose, customers, admin, merchants, or riders. You have to create an app for each of them, and each of them has a different set of features(we will discuss it later).
- The online marketplace has admin, customers, flower merchants, and riders, so four independent and interlinked apps.
- In an online store, you are the merchant/admin, and other stakeholders include riders and customers.
Step3. Select the right set of features for each stakeholder
As mentioned above, each stakeholder has independent apps and a definite set of features.
- Easy Sign up through social media or email id
- Profile management include updating address, contact details
- Easy searches and filtered searches on occasions like mother's day, anniversary, birthday, and so on.
- History and Cart include changing the quantity and canceling orders.
- Reliable Payment gateway
- Scheduling delivery or immediate delivery
- Track delivery and Notifications
- coupons/ discounts/ offers.
- Rate and review
The Admin/ Merchant
- App management
- Store management
- Review and rating management
- Live dashboard
- Order status and track order
- Generate coupons and discounts
- Payment settings
The Rider Screen
- Order management
- Update order status
- Route optimization
Step4. Choose the best tech stack
The tech stack is the building block of your app, and correct API integrations will reveal the true potential of your app. The technology used to depend on your development team. For instance, Appsrhino, a top-notch on-demand mobile app developer, developed a delivery product called Skop; the integrations for a similar platform will be:
- Stripe- The most reliable gateway across the world
- PayPal - Easiest way to initiate payments and returns
Storage or cloud: AWS- The server with the fastest access speed.
Location: Google Maps - the best tracking experience.
SMS: Twilio - the best and safest way to communicate with users.
Mail: Mandrill - Easiest tools for sending emails to users.
Or some suggestions could be:
Web App Development- AngularJS or React
Mobile App Development- Kotlin (Android) and Swift (iOS)
Back-End Development- PHP
Databases - MySQL
Payment Gateway- PayPal, Braintree, Stripe, Location- Google Maps, Google Places Registration - Google, Facebook, Apple iOS Analytics- Google AnalyticsFireBase Cloud- AWS, Google, Azure, Push Notification- Google Cloud Messaging or FCM SMS- Salesforce, Twilio Mail- MailChimp, Sendinblue
Step5: Choose the App Developers
App developers stack the app from scratch to finish, so getting teamed up with skilled people will level up your game. However, hiring members for a skilled team will require strong knowledge and a network in the sector. But teaming with Appsrhino will get you onboard easily and get an unparalleled product.
Anyhow your App Development Team would consist of:
- Developers (Android/iOS, Front-end, Back-end ).
- UI/UX designers.
- Project/product manager.
- Business Analyst.
- Quality assurance engineer.
Though the project manager is not involved in app creation, he keeps the whole project on track, checks, and plans to overcome any hurdles.
Step6. App Development costs
Your budget would include the largest proportion of app development costs. The factors that affect are developer fees, production country, app size, functionality, design, and platform.
App size. It includes the scale, features available, the app complexity, clouding, storage, etc.
App design. The more detailed the user interface design, the more the complex front-end codes, the more hours it consumes, hence the higher the cost.
App platform. The most used platforms are iOS and Android, though creating an iOS app costs less than android apps. As the former undergo lesser quality checks compared to the latter.
App development team. The developers' per hour costs vary according to the country of app production. For instance, Ukraine-based developers- $30 per hour; India-based developers- $10 to $80/hr; Eastern Europe-based developers: – $30 to $150/hr and U.S.-based developers: – $50 to $250/hr.
Step7. Choose your unique app points of interest
Setting your USPs will create a unique identity among your competitors. If all the flower delivery apps are the same, why would a user download your online store and use it?
You need a certain set of product differentiation; you can arrive at them from a detailed analysis of other apps.
Some insights could be mood-based searches like romantic, sorry, forgive, etc. Personalized gifts, packets and cards, customer service, and engagements.
Which is the best app development company?
You can create a successful online platform with enough knowledge, skills, and teamwork. However, it is not advisable to build an app on your own; one should contact experienced professionals to get it made. Now, it becomes a dilemma for an SMB or an enterprise to team up with whom?
Appsrhino is the best available mobile app development company. We have served more than a 100 happy clients across the globe. The best pool of in-house developers will complete all the mentioned steps to deliver a fantastic app in-time and within your budget