We Came a Long Way: 15 Years Of Inchoo
Last week, on May 7th, we celebrated our 15th birthday. Choosing the beautiful Orlov Put as our birthday location in nature allowed us to truly relax and enjoy our celebration. You’ll get the details of our birthday celebration, but first, we’d like to reflect on our previous 12 months.
During this time, we’ve had the pleasure of working with many clients, creating innovative eCommerce solutions, and sharing challenging and rewarding experiences with our team. Although our team became smaller, we’ve had more opportunities to collaborate and showcase our incredible teamwork.
Having Great Clients Makes Us Better
Throughout the year, we launched four projects for our clients, providing them with high-quality eCommerce solutions. Firstly, we launched Medical Direct, a Croatian medical shop which we migrated from Magento 1 to Magento 2. Then, we launched a webshop for one of the largest American flooring experts – Bestlaminate.
And more recently, we launched Ljekarne Joukhadar and Atlantic Štark webshops. Ljekarne Joukhadar is our Croatian client for which we developed a solution for our client’s first-ever webshop—making us a part of a significant milestone for the client’s business. For Štark, our neighboring country’s business that sells all kinds of snacks and chocolate delights, we made a Magento 2 shop from scratch. Now, they can keep supplying chocolate and snack lovers through the new channel and keep them happy and satisfied.
There’s one more thing worth mentioning. Considering the fact that our clients are mainly from abroad, this year was very unusual with two Croatian projects and one neighboring country’s project. Therefore, we’re grateful for this unique opportunity to work with and support local businesses.
In addition to our client work, we also developed two new extensions of our own, which we’re confident will benefit many eCommerce businesses. This is where we can brag a little (just let us have our moment).
Client project launches are a big thing to us, but this year made us even more proud because we also launched two of our extensions and Inchoo Flavored Magento. Both of the extensions were developed for legal reasons. The Dual Prices Module was developed when our country (Croatia) was transitioning to a different currency. And the Latest Price in the Last 30 Days for customer protection, which the EU directed. We also got the opportunity to integrate our extensions into the projects we were working on. That way, Dual Prices Module is on both of our Croatian projects same as the Lowest price in the last 30 days.
Lastly, Inchoo Flavored Magento represents our expertise in Magento development in one base solution. That same solution is the base for all of our projects which we, further down the road, completely adjust to the client’s needs.
Traveling The Europe and Back
This year we finally started to travel with baby steps after the whole lockdown situation. Our trips were mostly within the borders of Europe. And although it would be great to head on to an adventure more frequently, we had a great time visiting Slovakia, Serbia, Great Britain, Spain, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. And you can bet we are excited to head on to next year’s trips.
A Close-up Look at Inchoo
As we take a closer look at Inchoo this year, we’re excited to share a bit of statistics. Firstly, we welcomed a new member to our design team, allowing us to create functional and beautiful webshops at a faster pace. In addition, one of our Marketing Interns got a degree and a full-time position in our Marketing team. Lastly, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve welcomed yet another baby Inchooer, bringing our number of Inchooers kids to 10!
Despite the challenging year, we’re proud that we’ve remained productive and focused on delivering exceptional results for our clients. These accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without our incredible team of 27 employees. We’re proud of each and every one of them for their hard work, dedication, and creativity. Looking ahead, we’re excited to see what the next year holds for Inchoo and can’t wait to continue delivering awesome results for our clients.
A Glimpse of The Future
For starters, we’d like to keep rocking with our team, clients, and Magento. But also, maybe there’s something else for us. Let’s stop speculating and ask our CEO, Tomislav, for a glimpse of the future plans for Inchoo.
Tomislav: As a full-service eCommerce agency with 15 years of experience, we have seen first-hand the evolution of the eCommerce industry. Someone could say we’re veterans. However, with the rapid pace of changes in the eCommerce space aligned with moves in employment trends, we must constantly anticipate future trends to stay ahead.
For the last three years, Inchoo has been improving processes in the company to make our business more transparent and each employee’s role more clear. It was no easy feat, especially with the added challenges of the COVID pandemic and introducing remote work to the team.
Now, let’s talk about our mission to reignite creativity after a long period of process-focused work. When we think of the future of eCommerce, we often think of new technologies, platforms or more efficient frameworks. At Inchoo, we’ll focus on bringing the fun and creativity back to our work.
So, what does this look like in practice? It means taking a step back from our usual routines and asking ourselves: how can we surprise and delight our customers in ways they never expected? What new things can we offer?
It also means encouraging our team to think outside the box and pursue their passions. After all, some of the best ideas come from unexpected places. Places outside of tasks / user stories someone else already wrote.
And finally, it means embracing risk and being open to failure. Sometimes we’ll stumble along the way (and we did a few times). But if we’re not willing to take risks and try new things, we’ll never discover our full potential.
By harnessing the power of human creativity, we plan to open new frontiers. By doing so, we’ll not only stand out in a crowded industry, but also make a lasting impact on our customers and our team.
Let’s Get Back To our Birthday Celebration
As promised, we’re giving you the details of our birthday celebration. We spent a whole day in nature on the beautiful estate Orlov Put and Kopački rit Nature Park. The day was filled with activities like a boat drive in the Kopački rit Nature Park, a carriage drive at the estate “Orlov Put,” and an Escape Box game. That game (sure as hell) tested our problem-solving skills as we worked together to unravel several codes and open our boxes.
There was also loads of delicious organically grown food, and we had a few drinks to celebrate 15 years in the game. Take a look at our gallery for a sneak peek of the birthday atmosphere.