Customer Case Study

Preparing for a 500% Increase in Shoppers for the Holidays

Man Crates knows how tough it is to find gifts guys actually want. Man Crates helps you celebrate the men in your life with unique and exciting gifts you’ll be proud to give, and he’ll be thrilled to receive.  With thousands of daily visitors and hundreds of crate combinations to choose from, Man Crates is a leader in gifts for men of all ages, no matter their hobbies.

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  • Location: United States
  • Company Size: 50+
  • Daily Concurrent Users: 10,00+
  • Industry: E-Commerce
  • Tool of choice: JMeter
The Challenge

Prepared for Black Friday

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, there was an impending spike in traffic that needed to be accounted for.  With the potential for daily traffic to increase more than 500% from usual levels, it was critical to prepare for this massive revenue opportunity. Given this is a once a year type of event, it was unknown whether the site would perform as expected during the holiday season.

The Solution

Prepared for 10k customers

Man Crates came to Flood almost 2 months in advance to allow proper time to create good test coverage and get feedback early enough to make the needed enhancements to their site.  By using JMeter for their load testing, they were able to test with 10,000+ concurrent users easily.  The feedback from these tests allowed them to tweak their code and infrastructure to be well prepared before the onslaught of holiday shoppers.

Abitha Padmanabhan, VP Engineering for Man Crates led up the load testing effort noting “The timely support from Nicole and the Flood support team made testing our site a breeze.  Thanks to Flood, we were able to capitalize on the holiday season without any unexpected performance hiccups or outages.  This is a great win for our business in the competitive e-commerce arena.”

Products Used


Apache JMeter™ is a widely used, well known, and accessible, open source load testing tool. JMeter simulates load at the protocol level, and while it focuses on web-based applications, it also supports many other protocols.


Flood Grid handles deploying load generators such as JMeter or Element to the cloud at the press of a button, so that you can focus on results.

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