How are you coping with your grocery shopping recently?

  • You think it’s safer to shop online but there isn’t a single delivery slot available.
  • You don’t know what’s in stock in the stores nearby, so no guarantee to get what you need after more queuing up. 
  • When you are in the store, it’s better to buy more now than not enough later.
  • Shops, especially the local ones, they are well-stocked but not many people know that. This makes their businesses worse in this current climate.

What it does

ShopAid is an application to help you get essentials efficiently based on travel time, and collective intelligence of stock availability and crowd level.

  • You list the items required on ShopAid. This helps you plan well and avoid panic buying
  • Based on your location, ShopAid shows the approximate stock availability of your items in all stores nearby.
  • There’s also live information on how busy a store is, and the travel time for different modes of transport.
  • You can decide which stores to go to based on these valuable insights, all on one page.
  • When you are checking off your shopping list in the store, you can provide stock level information easily.
  • You earn points to recognise your contribution to the local community.

How we built it

  • We did a user needs survey to understand the elements are important to shoppers
  • We did some market analysis to learn about any potential competing products
  • We used Figma to develop wireframes of our minimal viable product and potential future features
  • We used Google Places API for crowd level information
  • We built the backend of the ShopAid

Challenges we ran into

  • We lost our front-end developer and couldn't find another front-end fellow to help
  • More efforts would be required for price information scrapping

Accomplishments that we are proud of

We have very good wireframe and a functional route calculator

What we learned

  • We need a front-end developer!
  • Good features: stock levels, prices, distance, crowd levels, NHS pivot
  • Let-go features: taking photos, budgets, recipes

What's next for ShopAid

  • Explore the resources required to progress on ShopAid
  • Milestone and Timeline for ShopAid
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