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November 24, 2021
As most everyone knows by now, Wayfair is a major e-commerce company focused on furniture and home goods. What you may not be aware of are the many technical elements happening behind the scenes to ensure that 22 million products are delivered to you on time. This is an area I’m familiar with as I work in Wayfair’s International Supply Chain Engineering (ISC) department. A relatively new group, our journey began with a significant realization—we needed to break our monolith into microservices. Specifically, we needed to manage authorization across all of our new microservices. The answer was the Oso authorization framework. For this blog, I’ll walk through the steps we took to make these changes. This includes how we initially broke apart our monorepo, the process of writing a proof of concept with Oso, and how we moved to production with the support and collaboration of Oso’s engineers.
November 19, 2021
If you've searched on Google or Bing for an item to make your home just right for you, and came across an ad for Wayfair, then you've already experienced our Wayfair Ads Bidding Platform in action! This post dives into the details of why we built this platform, how it evolved, its core building blocks, and plans for future enhancements.
November 16, 2021
Using module federation to implement micro frontends. Contributors: Ben Barnett, Diego Fiore, Verónica Machado, and Will Conover.
November 11, 2021
How Wayfair optimizes content placement considering competing short term marketing and long term business goals
November 11, 2021
Wayfair increased its Deploy Frequency - the rate at which we ship new functionality to customers - by 490% between January 2019 and June 2021.
November 4, 2021
Technical Debt is a part of any software project, but it usually gets forgotten in the never-ending race to add new features. Learn how we created a Code Quality Score to surface Tech Debt as part of our Team Quality Metrics.
November 4, 2021
The following blog outlines how the Database team at Wayfair took a principles based approach to transforming how our Engineers interact with and manage their database infrastructure; moving from a largely operational world to one that is characterized by choice and autonomy.
October 29, 2021
Some experiments at Wayfair can last 60 days or more. To speed up learning in experiments while still optimizing for long term rewards, our team developed a data science platform called Demeter, that uses ML models to forecast longer term KPIs based on customer activity in the short term. In this post we provide an overview for Demeter and its theoretical foundation in causal inference
October 28, 2021
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and Wayfair believes security education and awareness is a critical component of our overall security program. This blog will outline how Wayfair’s Cybersecurity Awareness Program educates employees on how to act securely in the workplace and in their personal lives.