Desktop shopping app, anyone?

Having started using the Tesco.com API, I'm trying to gauge interest in ways to implement it.

Online groceries shopping is, for me, a laborious process, even with the supermarkets' well engineered sites. I think there could be some benefit in having a desktop application which aims to help simplify groceries shopping, as well as a mobile application, and supporting website for quick access on-the-go.

Some of the main features I'm thinking of are:

  • Lookup from barcode scanning
  • Supporting in-store (offline) shopping - Being able to print the shopping lists according to the shelf locations in-store (also transferring to a mobile app for the same purpose)
  • Rebuy rules - Keeping track of different 'rebuy rules', knowing when certain foods go out-of-data and reminding you to buy them again
  • Recipe planning - Import recipes and dissect them to work out what needs to be purchased.

I'd be very interested in hearing any other feature ideas that would make your shopping experience better.

Comments

What I'd like is a meta shopping application that takes my shopping list, picks up current prices for all the items from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, etc. and works out whether splitting the list into two or three orders gives a net saving against the increased delivery charges.

PS Good luck with learning Finnish!
Tuesday 5 January 2010 20:49 | user icon Tim Morley
To shop tesco.com groceries from android phones, you can get an app from:
http://www.gkishor.net/2011/02/android-app-to-shop-tesco-com-groceries
Thursday 24 February 2011 13:20 | user icon Kishor

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On weekdays I'm a Technical Lead at Comparethemarket.com, having previously been a Solution Architect at Nokia & Nokia Siemens Networks, creating creative software solutions for mobile operators around the world.

In my spare time I'm an avid new technology fan, and constantly strive to find innovative uses for the new gadgets I manage to get my hands on. Most recently I've been investigating Mobile Codes, RFID and Home automation (mainly Z-Wave). With a keen eye for usability I'm attempting to create some cost-effective, DIY technology solutions which would rival even high-end retail products. The software I develop is usually released as Open Source.

I have a Finnish geek partner, so have begun the difficult task of learning Finnish.


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