Renouf Publishing Company Ltd. was established in 1888 and has, over the years, evolved into North America's largest private distributor of Canadian Federal Government and international publications. Renouf is also the official Canadian distributor for many important international organizations and government agencies, provides full distribution service for a number of Canada's leading Institutes and is renowned for stocking the latest non-fiction books covering the a wide range of subject areas.
Gary Eikenberry Consulting's involvement with Renouf began in 1996 with the development of their first electronic bookstore based on the Stydec shopping cart system.
In the spring of 1999 we began work on a redevelopment of the site to produce a customized, fully searchable, database driven on-line catalogue which continues to grow (currently in excess of 38,000 titles). In addition to the ability to browse and search the extensive book list, Renouf's custom shopping system provides a fully secured custom shopping cart which also allows the retention of customer records and the notification of customers (at their request) of new titles in areas of particular interest.
In the fall of 2000 we engineered a comprehensive upgrade to their on-line shopping system to with the implementation of a US-Dollar pricing stream and enhancements to the user interface, security and error-trapping systems.
Further upgrades and enhancements were added in the first quarter on 2001 as we migrated the site to a dedicated server and a major database upgrade to MS-SQL Server 2000, paving the way for future upgrades including further enhancements to the search interface and then again in late 2002 with further search engine upgrades and enhancements to the checkout system.
In the final quarter of 2004 the site's shopping cart and checkout systems were upgraded and streamlined at the same time as being converted to ASP.NET. Enhancements to both the shopper experience and the management of order processing were also added.
In the spring of 2006 the shopping and search systems were further upgraded to improve site performance, security and scalability.
In the first quarter of 2007 another major site upgrade was undertaken. This included a major face lift guided by a marketing consultant hired by Renouf in addition to enhancements to search, content management and on-line CRM applications.
By 2013 the Internet and the publishing world had undergone significant changes and it was time to completely re-engineer the Renouf site in recognition of the growing use of mobile and touch screen devices as well as the fact that an increasing proportion of Renouf's business involves providing digital and on-line products and services. At the same time we also managed the migration to a new, more powerful hardware platform.
We also continue to provide Renouf with web server management, network and general systems support.