In the time of COVID, finding toilet paper, diapers, protective gear, cleaning products and more can be a challenge. This leads to people searching multiple stores, unable to find a specific item. However, these supplies are still coming and going in stores - this app gives people the opportunity to share what they have (e.g. a distillery who is making sanitizer), or find (e.g. there's toilet paper at Ralph's Grocery Store on Sepulveda Ave!), as well as find the stuff they need (all categorized things available at Ralph's right now), resulting in targeted shopping, limiting potential spread of the virus.
What it does
Everyone can view a feed that uses their geolocation to show stuff near them that can be filtered by category (groceries, safety gear, toilet paper, etc.), if you find something you can take a quick photo, choose a category and set the exact location, then it will show up in the feed for your area. Like Waze, users can upvote when they see the product there, and downvote inappropriate or product that is gone.
How I built it
We built is using Ionic 5 using Angular 8 and Capacitor. For design prototypes, we used Figma.
Challenges I ran into
- So many opportunities/ideas, hard to find one we loved
- Focusing scope to what we felt would have the most impact
- Biting off more than we can chew to build in a weekend (tried to build the whole dang thing)
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are super proud that we were able to pull together an ad hoc team of product people, project people, engineers and designers to build this nice little app that's very usable and useful in these times.
What I learned
We had a ton of fun with people in our company working together that have never done so before - including co-founders in there doing UX and helping with the video! I think we jumped the gun on development and tried to repurpose something when we should have waited and coded from scratch based on the final specs/UX.
What's next for Shelf Check
We are going to do some polishes, make this app available open source, as well as launch for web.