What is it?
WhatsInStock is a shopping utility for the Coronavirus Pandemic. As we all do our part to limit the transmission opportunities for COVID-19 by staying home, quarantining, and physically distancing from others, we do still need to shop for the necessities of life. The strains on the supply chain have been evident in many communities - as common items are out of stock, or sold in limited quantities. This can lead to people 'shopping around' for key items and a time when we should be making our trips as short as possible. We aimed to create a tool that allow people to share information about 'what's in stock' (and what is out of stock) in their local grocery stores and super markets.
How does it work?
The first step is to find your neighbourhood store where you are or intend to do your shopping. Use the 'location search' or the 'find my location' tool to find your area. Once there find the store you are seeking to update or find information on. When you find it and click on it, you should see it in the left side panel. You can then see what products have been recently updated as in stock (green), low (yellow), or out of stock (red). We are currently only showing the most recent updates from the past 48 hours since stores frequently restock items. When you are shopping and notice something is out, you can make your own updates by clicking Update and identifying the product and its status. This will help your neighbours know if something is out.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The only data which we store includes public ip address and browser information which are available publicly when users access a website. We are not requesting any kind of personal data including email address etc.
Majid Hojati, PhD Student, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Colin Robertson, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Rob Feick, Associate Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo