Friday, July 04, 2008

Your grocery-store data, shared

Get-rich tip: Be the first grocery store to provide a digital purchase history to customers, for use in household planning.

This would actually convince me to use a frequent-shopper card and provide accurate information for it. Every time I made a purchase, a record (in some open standard format) would be emailed to an address of my choosing. In this fashion, I could build a household food database.

A sufficiently sophisticated grocery chain could even make the purchase history available via Web app, though the email option should still be there so other tools could be used.

An ambitious customer could even use a handheld scanner at home on items as they are thrown away. This would allow you to have an accurate, available-from-anywhere database of what is in your fridge and/or pantry. A scanner would also allow you to scan in purchases from other retailers (i.e. wine from your local wine shop, cheese from the cheese shop, etc).

And of course you could enter data in manually. With the right interface, this wouldn't be such a pain. With one click, for example, you could record the repurchasing of anything you've ever bought before.

If a bar-code scanner were built into an iPhone or Blackberry, one could quickly check whether a particular item is already in the cupboard at home, or even find out if one is being charged a reasonable price.

10 comments:

William said...

If you have a grocery store, it's a good idea to have that kind of tool. Storing the purchase history can be great for your customers.

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You could even make it a way to keep track of your inventory. This is in a way a perfect CMS. I've heard a similar project by Amazon and 7-11.

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andreafox21 said...

This tool is great for planning out my Shopping and food preparations. I would know what to buy and spend less time shopping for things that I need.

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seo reseller said...

That's true, Andrea. A tool like that will help a lot of people in planning their grocery. You would be able to identify what to buy. No more wasted milk or canned goods.

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Whoever developed this application has a brilliant mind. He has thought of the solution to have convenience in shopping. Now, you can really say that this tool makes shopping easier.

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seo reseller said...

Its a great tool to use to your grocery store. Storing the purchase history can be a big help for you and your customers

Dheeraj said...

idea of this grocery shared store is good but i think it need lot of technological expertise which normally not known to everyone Kitchen sinks

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