I couldn't agree more with the sentence, "near-me" searches have disrupted the market. The customer’s need of being “fed” (in all senses) has provoked the hyperlocal (near-me) market. Suppose you evaluate the growth trends of this industry. In that case, you will observe that the hyperlocal market wave is running the economy. Young founders, like YOU, are aggressively participating & eager to join the hyperlocal bandwagon. This is why I decided to come up with a hyperlocal delivery business app development series this year.
Hi, I am Sanjay Kidecha, CMO at Kody Technolab. I am here to introduce you to the various concepts of hyper-local delivery app development. The entire series consists of the following topics on the hyperlocal delivery app.
7. How to Choose Right Technology Stack For Your Hyperlocal Delivery App Startup?
In case you want to clear your basic doubts, you may refer to the previous blogs. I plan to guide my fellow clients and newbie entrepreneurs with the hyperlocal delivery app technology stack selection in this particular blog.
Sometimes I fear that the sudden surge (to be in the game) and the intense competition might make you select the wrong technology stack for your hyperlocal startup.
That's why I am here to save you from this lapse. Well, I would say I am here to help you with my team of tech-enthusiasts. Kody's tech engineers have hands-on experience in building hyperlocal business apps of any kind. It is their skills and knowledge that have helped Kody Technolab in delivering satisfactory projects.
I am just a spokesperson for them this time, and our doors are always open for you to connect with the engineers anytime.
The first step in deciding the best tech stack for the hyperlocal delivery app is knowing about your audience presence. The in-depth you research about their preference and presence, the easier it becomes for you to select the hyperlocal delivery application technology stack. Since your hyperlocal delivery business will be dealing with the local audience and local vendors (I mean, a limited geographical area only), it is an effortless task to know their presence.
Based on this research, you can come up with a conclusion on whether you want to build an app for iOS, Android, or both. Moving further, once you select the platform for development, next comes is the selection of the app development process. You can either build a native app, web app, or a hybrid application depending on the project goal.
All of these app types deliver the same end-product but are completely different from one another. We will look into the details of each of them.
Native app development:
Native applications are built to function on mobile operating systems specifically. Continuing this further, an iOS native app will function only on iOS devices, while an Android app will function on Android devices only.
iOS native app development will use Swift and Objective C as programming languages. Android will use Java and Kotlin as programming languages.
Native app development excels when it comes to the application's performance and speed. It is highly scalable and secure; however, native app development costs are higher than other forms of app development.
Native app development surpasses all the expectations when it comes to personalized user experience. It is highly recommended if you do not have any budget constraints for your hyperlocal food delivery app development or any other.
Hybrid app development:
The source code is embedded in native application wrappers like Apache and Ionic’s Capacitor. This is the reason why a hybrid application has the potential to function seamlessly like a native app and a web application.
The developed hybrid application goes above and beyond the traditional browser experience and delivers a mobile-like browsing experience. You can integrate the plug-ins and add on to the user experience.
Hybrid app development is highly preferred over native in view of hyperlocal delivery app development. The ease and comfort it gives to the developers while coding is something that drives them crazy.
Say for example, you are not required to update the source code separately while incorporating a new feature. You update it in the main source code, and you can view the changes over two platforms.
However, unlike native, you can not customize the user experience and may have to suffer on the application's performance.
Hybrid app development is cost-effective, and at the price of one app, you can have two apps.
Web app development:
You can also build a web application that functions exactly like a native application along with mobile applications. Without any anchoring, you can drive your audience to our web app. The anchoring should not affect the quality nor the experience of browsing.
Just like hybrid app development, web app development is also a cost-effective way to start your hyperlocal grocery delivery app development.
For developing a hyperlocal app, you will need to use various frameworks depending on the platform you select. You can use Xcode for iOS app development and Android Studio tool for Android app development.
Along with the tools, some of the available frameworks for app development are.
The frameworks mentioned above have the potential to contribute to hyperlocal delivery app development. That is probably why it is on the list of the right tech stack for a hyperlocal delivery app blog.
Why Flutter tops the chart when it comes to framework selection for hyperlocal delivery app development?
Well, Flutter is flexible, scalable and helps in building a clutter-free mobile application. It offers a complete package at fingertips using which a developer can build an app in minutes (Just a phrase to emboss speedy app development). Flutter is open-source and allows you to customize your app to any extent using the widgets.
It has this “x-factor” thing called Hot Reload feature, which allows you to view code changes over the various platforms instantly. We at Kody, highly recommend our clients to opt for Flutter app development when it comes to building a hyperlocal delivery application. I would repeat the same for you too, go with Flutter and have no second thoughts about it.
Another important aspect of the hyperlocal delivery app technology stack in 2021 is the server. The two popular servers available for selection are:
Everything said and implemented, an application’s backbone is the backend. An application functions in a particular way on the basis of backend programming. Backend receives the user input, processes it, and then provides relatable results.
Backend programming is done using various programming languages like Java, PHP, Python, Ruby etc.
Each of these languages have their unique way of giving outputs. The most robust and preferable one for hyperlocal delivery app development is Java. Java is an object-oriented, highly popular programming language used for building scalable applications.
Java is extremely flexible with the frameworks like Sprint, Hibernate, Tapestry etc. I would suggest you to go with Java for your hyperlocal application’s backend development.
You may ask me, why is it important to select the right tech stack for a hyperlocal delivery app? Does it affect the on-demand delivery app development performance?
If you consider and analyze any popular, scalable, robust on-demand app, for instance, say Uber. You will find out that it is the tech stack that defines its success.
Databases: MySQL, Redis, MongoDB, Riak
The right technology stack helps you in building an application having powerful performance.
Few other benefits of selecting a perfect technology stack for your hyperlocal startup are:
It allows you to address the issue at any stage of development. The details of the process are described in the Product Requirement Documents, which comes in handy for the entire team.
You save yourself from spending extra money on code maintenance and technical advancements.
It becomes quite easy for you to set up your development team because you know what team to hire.
You may refer to another blog from the mobile app development process series, where we have described the nitty-gritty details of technology stack selection in general. I understand the challenges you might face in deciding the technology stack for your hyperlocal marketplace business. I hope this blog solves the purpose. However, you can always connect with my team or me to discuss things in detail.
Talking about the technology stack, I would like to introduce you to the list of technologies that will help you build your dream hyperlocal delivery app.
Technologies that help you build a hyperlocal delivery app:
"Driving through the right location" is of profound importance when it comes to hyperlocal delivery apps. Customers, as well as delivery executives, have to reach the exact location. Hence, it is imperative that you integrate Google Maps, Maps.Me, MapQuest, HERE WeGo, BackCountry Navigator, etc. in your app in order to have a smooth delivery of products/services.
Your hyper local delivery app feels almost empty without a payment gateway integrated into it. You need to iterate various payment gateways in order to allow your customers to pay in their preferred payment method.
Supplier Relationship Management (SRM):
SRM deals on the vendor/supplier's side. It allows them to upload a picture of their products/services and connects the audience with the retail store.
Customer Relationship Management:
The ultimate objective of a real-time local delivery app development is to address every customer's demand instantaneously. A CRM helps you in setting up a connection between the customer, vendor, and the delivery executive.
It facilitates seamless communication between the parties, which aids in providing a seamless customer shopping experience.
Selecting the best tech stack for a hyperlocal delivery startup has better chances for you to win the race. It enables you to satisfy your audience's demands, literally in a blink of an eye.
If you have any confusion, my team and I are just a message away. We believe in adding fuel to your hyperlocal business idea's efficiency by helping you select the tech-stack rightly.
Hyperlocal marketplace business is literally on fire these days, and if you trust me, it is the right time to start building your customized hyperlocal app today. All the best. There are two more blogs to go in the hyperlocal delivery app development series. Stay onboard…