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