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Drupal Commerce: exploring the challenges of building rental stores

Backend & Dev-ops
Renaud Joubert
Audience Experience Level
Drupal Intermediate

If I say e-commerce what's the first thing that comes to mind ? Probably a website where you can buy products. Websites where you can rent products e.g. tools, cars or a hotel room are special use cases that account for a small percentage of the e-commerce landscape. If you think about it for a minute, you'll also realize that the workflow is very different. Generally speaking, when one buys something it's for ever (one lane, one way). But when one rents it's for a limited time and when this time has expired, the product needs to be returned; and until it is returned it cannot be rented out to someone else (multi-lane, two ways). Building a standard end-to-end e-commerce website is hard. As you can probably imagine, building an end-to-end rental store is challenging. In this session, we'll explore those challenges and demo some of the most critical components.