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SOMAPI Report Summary

Project ID: 673581

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SOMAPI (Swap.com On-line department store for Massive Amount of Pre-owned Items)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Manufacturing of the items that are consumed bear a burden to our environment and create a significant part of the environmental footprint our lifestyle. A part of developing more sustainable lifestyles is to extend the life time of items and foster re-use of the items. In our vision, the first preference would be to acquire a pre-owned item and only if that is not feasible, the purchase of a newly manufactured item produced in most sustainable way and designed for long use.

Current solutions to address the pre-owned item market are either peer-to-peer services such as eBay where customer need to list and ship the items themselves and put therefore a significant effort to item trading. Most people do not want to see that effort. Other alternative is to give the items to pre-owned item shops (charity shops or recycling centres) that sort the items, price them and put them to their shop floors. Swap.com (Netcycler Oy) provides an on-line consignment department store for pre-owned items in a cost-efficient and easy-to-use way.

The long-term objective of this project is that in 5 years Swap.com is the world’s leading on-line department store for pre-owned items.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The project has progressed well and most of the tasks in the plan are in schedule. Personalization system was developed along with product recommendations. iOS app was developed and launched. swap.com’s own analytics data collection engine was developed and implemented.

On the fulfillment side, a new process layout was implemented. Several improvements to the fulfillment software were implemented. Real-time data collection and dashboards were developed and implemented for the production management.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

There has been already massive savings in the carbon footprint when items have been re-used instead of thrown away or recycled. Several million items have already been trade through Swap.com. The project has increased Swap.com's capacity to process items and the overall amount of traded items. With the very high growth, Swap.com is also employing more and more people.

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Record Number: 196276 / Last updated on: 2017-03-28
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