Supermarkets in the United States throw away 43 billion pounds of food every year; the negative side effects of this are myriad: excess carbon emissions, biodiversity loss due to unnecessary land conversion for agriculture, loss of revenue for business, and subsequent price increases for consumers. With over 36 million food insecure people living and working in the country, this much food waste is unconscionable. Much of the buzz around "smart cities" and solutions is currently focused on public works and open data, but private companies will also need to innovate to increase the productivity and quality of life for the people of our future cities.
What it does
Buyble is a records management and prediction tool for grocery and convenience store owners who want to take control of their inventory and intelligently plan their future stock based on historical data. Store owners can store all sales records, including pricing details, weather patterns, and the retail season. These records are then algorithmically analyzed and compared with statistically similar retailers to recommend future inventory orders based on spikes and trends in historical demand. This allows the owner to more informedly plan purchasing and minimize product overbuying.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
After significant debugging, we can now pass information from the web app all the way to the database and back again. Additionally, we have a React pie chart that can receive and display live updates based on inputted records into the database. And we're especially proud of ourselves for learning a whole new tech stack and working hard together as a team.
What we learned
No one in the group was experienced with all of the technologies that we used in our stack, and some members were familiar with none of them. Because of this, everyone had an excellent opportunity to learn an entirely new language, and we all learned how to stitch together these frameworks together into a full stack to create our app.
What's next for Buyble
The underlying idea behind Buyble is important and will likely be implemented commercially in the years to come. Whether or not we are involved in that is uncertain, but we definitely will have this experience of teamwork to look back on.