In these days of the crisis, one of the biggest problems is buying essentials - food and medicine. Wherever you go, there are big queues for stores or overcrowded stores. With less enforcement of social distancing, people are not confident about going to stores. Over that, a lot of stores are closed or operating for a lesser duration than normal.
What it does
Our solution to the above problems is to
- Evenly Spread Customer Visits at Different Times
- Provide Customers with correct and updated opening status and information
- Providing Customers with a Proof of Essential Travel (if any law enforcement agency asks for it)
Our app, SafeSlot helps in implementing these solutions. When user opens the app, they can see the nearest stores based on their location. We plan to divide the store timings into various time slots with a maximum cap of registrations based on the store/counter size and let users book the slot for their essential shopping. For the same, users can book a maximum of two slots per day for any store. We also have an option of DriveThru option in which users can upload their grocery list/doctor's prescription and stores can pack it by the time they arrive at the store. Hence, reducing the customer visit time to an average of 5 minutes.
How I built it
Our team built it in NodeJS and ReactJS
Challenges I ran into
The major challenge we have right now is mass adoption. We are trying to solve it by approaching various government authorities and showcasing the app in various contests.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are proud of developing the solution within a short duration of 3 days.
What I learned
We learnt how to deal with a real-life crisis. We ran our idea with various people and learnt how to make a solution practical.
What's next for SafeSlot
We are in the process of creating a Store Side Application to update the slots on a live basis. Maps integration is in process. Upload prescription/grocery list feature is being added. Branding in the app is being taken care of