Achieving a 75% improvement in web performance with Vue Storefront
MKM was created in 1995 to become one of the largest and most well-known builders merchants in the UK. The company sells everything needed to create convenient facilities, from materials for kitchens to landscaping products. MKM has 100+ brick-and-mortar stores in different corners of the United Kingdom and actively develops its online store. Thanks to composable architecture and Vue Storefront, it has already reached a whopping 75% improvement in average page load speed and a 16% increase in site traffic.
Before choosing a composable commerce direction, MKM faced various challenges that became a driving force of the migration process. One of them was an aging audience. Therefore the company had to engage younger buyers. Meantime, millennials and Gen-Z expected a smooth customer journey with an excellent mobile-first digital experience.
High maintenance costs, poor web performance, and lower customer satisfaction were the tip of the iceberg. MKM wanted to increase online revenue and use the entire potential of its eCommerce which was impossible in those conditions.
All these pitfalls were covered by the end of the MKM eCommerce stack lifecycle. Aiming to drive online sales and supercharge customer experience, the company decided to start a composable commerce journey.
To create a robust and performant eCommerce stack, MKM chose best-of-breed technologies in the composable commerce market - Vue Storefront (Frontend as a Service), BigCommerce (eCommerce platform), and Bloomreach (CMS). Brave Bison became the agency that helped MKM turn the idea into reality by handling the development process and working on the website concept.
The role of Frontend as a Service in that process was to simplify the creation of highly-performant storefronts and support MKM with a wide range of smooth integrations.
“Initially, MKM selected BigCommerce and Bloomreach as their platforms of choice to deliver their new website. MKM were looking for a robust, scalable and reliable frontend that would match those solutions. Vue Storefront's pre-composed setup for both tools were exactly the thing needed to build a future-proof eCommerce stack. A broad integration ecosystem was a key advantage which would significantly reduce the time-to-market.”
Head of Operations, Brave Bison
The modern and widespread Vue Storefront tech stack also became a driver for MKM to opt for Frontend as a Service since it was the way to ensure a better developer experience and cut the timeline.
"The Vue Storefront application is built with Vue.JS and Nuxt.JS, which is a common stack and the skillset is widely available in the market. This was crucial since MKM needed to complete a composable commerce journey on an extremely tight schedule. Frontend as a Service stack became another factor that sped up time-to-market."
Head of Operations, Brave Bison
Consequently, Brave Bison and MKM managed to build a customer-centric composable commerce capable of delivering excellent digital experiences to a broad audience, including B2C, B2B, and B2B2C segments.
A month after going live, the company achieved impressive results showing that the popularity and efficiency of its website were growing. Frontend as a Service greatly supported MKM in this journey from business and tech perspectives.