Building a Print-on-Demand Shopify App for Candlebuilders



Candlebuilders is a print on demand, drop ship candle manufacturer enabling ecommerce partners to create and sell customized candles in minutes.


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The Challenge

Candlebuilders wanted to grow the number of ecommerce stores selling their customized candles, but ecommerce merchants were struggling to integrate with the company’s software since it was cumbersome and required custom development. Candlebuilders decided to build a Shopify app given the popularity of the Shopify platform and the ability to create Shopify apps to enable easy installation to Shopify stores.

The Solution

Candlebuilders and The Gnar Company kicked off the work with a Design and Discovery project to define the user flows to enable merchants to design custom candles to sell on their Shopify stores with different scent and vessel size SKUs. The discovery workshop was followed by designing app wireframes and final design comps for the web application, which facilitated a detailed estimate for the development effort. The Shopify app allows Shopify merchants to view, customize (imagery, scent, and vessel size), and add custom candles to their Shopify store. The customized candles purchased by customers will be fulfilled by Candlebuilders. The Candlebuilders Shopify app will also enable merchants to pay Candlebuilders for orders directly via credit card and integrate with Candlebuilder’s fulfillment software for order management and shipping information. The Candlebuilders Shopify app was built with Ruby on Rails and integrates with Stripe for payments, numerous Shopify services, and Candlebuilders' order management system, OrderDesk.

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The Results

The Candlebuilders Shopify App launched in September 2021 in the Shopify app store and has been fulfilling thousands of orders for Shopify store merchants in the 2021 holiday season and more candle SKUs were added for the 2022 holiday season.  You can read more about The Gnar's Shopify app development capabilities here.

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