Design And Implementation Of An Online Cart System For Online Store
This research work is an attempt at delivering an online shopping cart system capable of delivering goods and services on demand, using a small Mobile outlet as a case study. The system will be a web-based application and will be implemented on a relational database system (MySQL). The system design incorporates both UML diagrams and user interface designs. The target computer requirements are explained as well as the software maintenance issues that arise in this system. This system strategies explored in this research are unit and integration testing.
1.1 Background of the Study
An E-commerce is the trading in products or services using computer networks, such as the Internet(Wikipedia, 2015). Electronic commerce draws on technologies such as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems. Modern electronic commerce typically uses the World Wide Web for at least one part of the transaction’s life cycle, although it may also use other technologies such as e-mail. Every business that wants to shoot online, irrespective of it types need an e-commerce software product that fits your online store’s unique needs and requirements. For the past years e-commerce has been the trend for most business spanning across different cities and countries. Where product and service can be deliver through their web service and delivery is done using different transport medium like ship,car or through post office.
This work is an attempt at delivering an online shopping cart system capable of delivering goods and services on demand, using a small Mobile outlet as a case study.
Chapter one introduces the research work and the problem definition of the research, and to know the aim of this research work, research justification tells us why it is important to research on this topic; it also covers areas like scope and limitation of study which entails the boundary of this work. Definition of terms gives summarize what each chapter entails.
1.3 Statement of Problem
This research work was undertaken to solve the various challenges encounter in showcasing and delivering goods and services to different client around the globe. Where every business transaction involve an on presence for transaction to be successfully executed
1.4 Objective of Study
In view of the problems mentioned above, this project is aimed at implementing an online shopping cart system for a mobile shop will exclusively:
- Display goods and services in the store
- Automate every sales effectively without mixing product prizes
- Store product detail using a secure database.
1.5 Scope and Limitation of Study
This research work is to develop a system capable of handling sales by automating in it self a cart system that stores all sales details prior to when the user request close the sales service.
- The system will also incorporate in its design a billing system that will display the total sales and product at the close of each transaction.
- The system will not incorporate in its development all the functions of a functional business activities system but will focus only on the aforementioned functionalities. The system will not be responsible for any loss of data if its environment (network/system installed on) is corrupt.
1.6 Significance of the Study
This research work “Design and implementation of computerised shopping cart system for a GSM/Mobile shop”.the system will be a web-based application and will be implemented on a relational database system (MySQL). Html (hypertext markup language), CSS (cascading style sheet) and Java Script will be used to design the web-user interface, php (hypertext pre-processor) will be used as the serve- side script language to link the interface and the database and Ajax technology for automation of the cart system.
1.7 Definition of Term
Application Service Provider (ASP):
Is defined as an enterprise that delivers application functionality and associated services across a network to multiple customers using a rental or usage-based transaction-pricing model.
Electronic commerce, commonly written as e-commerce, is the trading in products or services using computer networks, such as the Internet.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI):
Electronic data interchange (EDI) is an electronic communication method that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic means.
A person or company involved in wholesale trade, especially one dealing with foreign countries or supplying goods to a particular trade.
Is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator and is a reference (an address) to a resource on the Internet
A person who is shopping.
Web Hosting Service (WHS):
Is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.
Are computers that deliver (serves up) Web pages
Summary and Conclusion
The aim and objective of this research which was to provide an online shopping cart system has been achieved. The research begins with a general introduction to the area of study, historical background of the study, and a clear statement of the aim, objectives, scope and Limitations of the study. The next chapter focused on the review of relevant literature and the contribution of authors in the field of E-commerce, shopping cart. The third chapter provided the full detail of the systems analysis and design by highlighting the system requirement specification, use case diagram, activity diagram, and the various interfaces. Next, the system implementation was carried out specifying the testing strategies used. Also outlined in this chapter were the implementation tools and methodology. Finally, in chapter 5, the summary and conclusion of this research are discussed and recommendations made.
Based on the findings of this research, the following conclusions have been drawn;
An e-commerce cart system for every SMES is necessary to fully automate sales with users at different metropolis
However it does not replace the traditional process of transacting goods and service physically, but rather seeks to eliminate the tedium of having to be present to purchase good or choose desire product of interest.
The following recommendations have been made based on the findings of this research;
- E-commerce cart system should be used by all commercial outlet that deals with goods and services.
- The system require an administrator to fully monitor the system, update product and attend to request made by its users..
- To anyone who intends to carry out further research on this topic or a similar to this should endeavor to provide aa basis where user can converse with the system admin using a short massaging platform and through social media.
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