What’s in stock? ENV crowdsourcing platform provides users a snapshot of grocery store supply levels

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

lady shopping in a maskIt’s a necessity many of us dread, especially right now — grocery shopping has never taken more strategy or time.

With the current need for social distancing, a more challenging environment for grocery stores and shortages in some essential supplies, a Waterloo professor and PhD student are hoping to save you unnecessary trips to the store.

Cue What’s in Stock — a platform that uses crowdsourced data to notify users of supply levels at their local grocery stores.

Co-developed by Rob Feick, a professor with the School of Planning, Majid Hojati, a PhD student with the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Geography program, and Colin Robertson, a professor at Wilfrid Laurier, the website operates off the Google Maps infrastructure, making it available around the world. Their inspiration? Toilet paper … or lack thereof.

Read the whole story on the Waterloo homepage.

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