One of the hardest thing to do in developing an App is estimating the time, budget and effort needed for the app in grocery delivery app development. Read the blog for grocery delivery app development stages and grocery app development cost.
There are several factors that affected the cost of development like —
- App Functionalities ( Like barcode scanners )
- Application Platforms ( Android, IOS and Hybrid )
- UI/UX and Animations
- Number of Screens ( Login, Accounts, Help )
- Design and Structure ( Like Firebase for Database )
Tech Stack Choices:
In our case, we don’t need to develop the app in a native platform as it may incur more cost on development as well as be time-consuming. So it is good to do it in Hybrid Platforms like React Native or Flutter.
As far as Backend and Database is concerned we can go with your comfortable choices. NoSQL or Firebase can speed up the process of development but it can incur more infrastructure costs than developing our solution with SQL and Node JS or Python Django. Say we can host a Python Django with MySQL server on AWS Lightsail for a low as $5 per month and we can scale it as per our need.
So our tech choices are:
Infrastructure : AWS EC2 Linux AMI (2nd genIntel Xeon Platinum 8000 series processor)
Backend: Bitnami Python Django on AWS EC2.
Frontend: React Native ( Androind & IOS )
Project Management Tools: Trello
A Typical Mobile app development team should have following members —
- UI/UX Designer
- IOS/Android developers
- Project Manager
- Quality Analyst
Stages of App Development
- UI/UX Design
- App Development
- App Deployment to Stores
- Maintenance and Support
1. UI/UX Design:
One typically use Figma, Adobe XD or Sketch for UI/UX design. This stage need good communication and good understanding of How end customer uses our app?. A typical UI/UX design work for grocery app should take about 5 to 7 days of work. The estimated cost will be around $300.
2. App Development:
This stage involves a Project manager working with a team of developers, in our case we need two or more React Native developers. You can increase the team strength to speed up the process but it may end up doing the opposite because of a lack of communication inside the team and integration, It can lead to delays in delivering the objectives. So a project manager with 4 members team is the ideal team size for any project.
The team should work on the screens designed by UI/UX team along with all the features like Payment gateway, Shipping or Tracking and so on. They also need to work side by side with Quality Analyst who makes sure the App is designed as per the requirements and designs.
The Project Manager user Trello to assign work and make sure everything is in rhyme with the deadlines of deliverables.
List of Screens and Features in Grocery App:
- Home Page
- Product Page
- Offers Screen
- Register / Login Screen ( Google / Facebook Authentication)
- Shipment Tracking ( Google map Integration)
- Accounts Screen
- My Account
- My Orders
- Privacy and Settings
- Cart Screen
- Checkout Screen
- Payment Screen ( Provided by Payment gateway like Stripe).
- Admin Dashboard ( as website )
- Seller App ( with orders and Notification )
These are the basic features / screens in the Grocery app, you can add more features too but it will get cost more as you include more features to it.
Note: for example, you may need to include a barcode scanner, but it may take a considerable amount of time and effort so it does increase the budget of the app as well.
To estimate it roughly, the above work will take around 50 days including weekends and the budget for it will be around $5000.
Note the above cost applies if you hire developers from Asian countries like India, the Philippines and so on, if you hire from Western countries it will cost up to 4X the cost. say it will be around $20,000 for the same app.
3. App Store Deployment:
Most app development process includes CI/CD with tools like Github actions which deploy the app to the App store / Play store on each branch updated by the development team.
But releasing to the public ( production ) involves more work like filling out forms in the App store about the apps and their usages, adding description, Attaching screenshots and so on and submitting it for review and getting the product to live will takes around a week to 10 days of work, It will cost around $250.
4. Maintenance & Support:
By the end of the App store deployment, You will have the App deployed to the App store and Play store. But you need dedicated support from the development team to fix some bugs on live or add more features to it. Some technical help to the admin team and so on. Usually, they do it as a contract like Say $300/month.
Grocery App development with a dashboard for reports and a seller app will cost around $5500 with a timeline of around 60 days or 2 Months.
Also, Infrastructure cost around $10 to $30 per month.
You can also do it cheaper if you can connect with an App development studio that specialises in creating Grocery Apps like our “Gear up studios” we have Super store Grocery app template. We usually customise our app and deploy it to customers within 20 days on a budget of just $2000 with all the features.