At Wayfair, we operate at a massive scale, which has led to tremendous growth over the last decade. During this time, we have increased our traffic more than twenty-fold. To keep pace and fulfil our technology platform needs, scaling has been vital. In fact, it’s been at the core of everything we do throughout this timeframe.
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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.
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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.
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Wayfair increased its Deploy Frequency - the rate at which we ship new functionality to customers - by 490% between January 2019 and June 2021.
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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.
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We are all too familiar with the unpleasant experience of a native app crash. You’re happily playing your favorite game, queuing up the next video, researching the next piece of furniture to buy (hint: Wayfair may help!) when all of the sudden, POOF! The app is gone and you’re back to your phone’s home screen. Those who are less technically inclined might not even know that this was an app crash, or worse, they may think that somehow their actions were responsible for the un-magical disappearing act. Android is slightly more helpful: after a crash, the user is presented with a dialog that tells them that unfortunately, their favorite app has stopped. Unfortunate, indeed. But just how unfortunate? This post explores the return on investment for fixing crashes. Keep reading to learn what we learned.
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In this blog post, you’ll get an inside look at our Wayfair CastleGate Logistics team which develops and designs the technology that enables us to get over 22 million products from the manufacturer to our customers’ homes. This will be the first in a series of posts focused on our Logistics Tech team, providing an insight into our challenges, what drives/motivates us, and how we work at Wayfair! Follow along to learn more about what it’s like to work at Wayfair!
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When you think "Kubernetes," the first word that comes to mind probably isn't "frontend." Here at Wayfair our frontend infrastructure is heavily integrated with Kubernetes, including a toolkit that generates frontend apps with Kubernetes integration out of the box.
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If you are among the tens of millions of customers who have shopped at Wayfair, you have experienced one of the many technologies built by the Machine Learning and Data Platforms team. We serve the business, engineering and data science teams across Wayfair, who are working on solving one of the most intriguing and gratifying challenges — helping our customers make their dream home a reality.
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Wayfair hasn’t always been a household name, but technology has always been at the center of everything we do. When co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine built our first website, racksandstands.com, they did so with ambitious plans for the future. As they built more than 250 more sites, they used data to understand how best to scale their effort to provide a better shopping experience across various Home categories.
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