[LINK] Grocery Choice - what's the problem?

Sylvano sylvano at gnomon.com.au
Mon Jun 29 21:54:38 EST 2009

On Monday 29 June 2009, David Boxall wrote:
> Another point that arose in conversation: the accumulating mass of data
> would lend itself to mining, which could expose much about the
> retailers' behaviour. Another reason for their obstructionism?

Most definitely. To wit, the other product from ACNielsen is Homescan has the 
basic, important value of being an independently maintained panel of homes 
that provide their consumer good purchasing. No reliance on the retailers to 
obtain information on volumes and prices of purchases.  

This is only a step closer to a more definitive internet related aspect of 
this question of Grocery Watch, which is to consider the option of people 
uploading info to an online price sharing web site.  Compare with something 
like SnapTell, which for US persons allows for the ability to snap an item 
with your phone camera and retrieve info and comparative pricing, based on 
inputs from other users. ( http://www.snaptell.com/ ) And that's image 
recognition, not barcode reading.

We kind of don't need government, choice or the retailers to keep track of the 
pricing of things.



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