Coût de pouce

Online marketplace that allows customers in solidarity with local businesses to buy products in certified stores in need.
October 2020 - February 2021
Several screens of Coût de Pouce
The health crisis of Covid-19, a political, economic and social challenge

The health crisis has created many problems in our society such as the difficulty to access to culture and education, the emergence of physical and psychological consequences of being confined, the growing mistrust of citizens towards the French government and the increase in domestic violence.

As part of an educational project, we have chosen to work on the difficulties for merchants to develop their business during the pandemic. The closure of local shops has created a feeling of injustice. This has been felt at the local level and new initiatives and organizations have emerged to continue to maintain structures in the face of the e-commerce giants.

Stakeholder map of Coût de Pouce
A complicated situation for merchants

In France, during the health crisis, shops were classified into two categories. The first category includes essential businesses such as supermarkets selling food, which were allowed to stay open. The second category is the non-essential businesses, which correspond to the other businesses and which are not allowed to be open.

During the first lockdown in France, 86% of the merchants had to close their business. Thus, the e-commerce market share rapidly increased to nearly 10% of total sales of consumer goods and it can be noticed that the gap has grown considerably between the most weakened actors and those with sufficient financial resources to develop differently.

Merchants, very different profiles

Before we could help the merchants, we needed to understand them. We decided to study their opinions on the current situation, their dreams, their opinions on their client's new behaviors and their knowledge of local and governmental aids and initiatives.

We were interested in users with various profiles such as managers of non-essential businesses, employees of non-essential businesses, neighborhood customers who are uncomfortable with digital, online shoppers, IT staff members, and merchants engaged against government restrictions.

We met with them for interviews and to propose to the merchants to fill a daily logbook for 15 days. Then, we also created an online form to collect statistics.

Logbook for Coût de Pouce
Research analysis

Then, we analyzed the data collected through an Empathy Map, Job Stories writing, Insight writing and the use of the How Might We technique.

This allowed us to define a problem to be solved.

Empathy map of Coût de Pouce
Job stories of Coût de Pouce
Job stories of Coût de Pouce
Insight priorization for Coût de Pouce

How could we harmonize and influence the purchase and consumption habits of customers to turn to the merchants whose bottom line is most impacted by COVID-19?

Ideation for Coût de Pouce
How to find an answer to our problem?

After finding our problem, we tried to answer it as accurately as possible. To do this, we did several brainstorming sessions to find the right idea.

Brainstorming of Coût de Pouce
Idea priorization for Coût de Pouce
Coût de Pouce, a simple concept

Coût de Pouce concept was born as a result of our entire research phase. It can be summarized in 3 points:

1. The creation of a label identifying merchants in financial difficulty.

2. The referencing of the merchants' labeled stores on an online platform

3. The linking of customers and merchants via a community of volunteers for advice related to digital.

Golden Circle of Coût de Pouce
A two-part platform

Our tool has been designed with two parts. On one side, there is a part for customers allowing them to make their purchases in the labeled stores. And on the other, there is the back office allowing merchants to fill their catalogs and manage their orders.

Mapping of Coût de Pouce
Mapping of Coût de Pouce
Reassuring graphic charter

We have defined our graphic charter around our five values: transparency, accessibility, pedagogy, efficiency and ethics.

Graphic charter of Coût de Pouce
A simple User Interface that uses classic e-commerce codes

We have prototyped a part of our platform (client part) in order to present our tool to potential future users.

Homepage of Coût de Pouce
Product list of Coût de Pouce
Map of Coût de Pouce
Product page of Coût de Pouce
Validation of Coût de Pouce
User tests

We then tested our platform with several users in order to get their opinions and improve our tool.

User test results of Coût de Pouce
UX Researcher
Louise Bonnaves, Nemo Fazakerley, Loana Gentric, Sacha Tourtoulou
UX Designer
Louise Bonnaves, Nemo Fazakerley, Loana Gentric, Sacha Tourtoulou
UI Designer
Louise Bonnaves, Nemo Fazakerley, Loana Gentric, Sacha Tourtoulou
Brand Designer
Louise Bonnaves, Nemo Fazakerley, Loana Gentric, Sacha Tourtoulou
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