List Making Apps: Scanning Products to Create “Smart” Shopping Lists

In the past couple of months we’ve covered many usage scenarios within the retail industry where smartphone-based barcode scanning is being utilized. These included mobile shopping, inventory management, procurement, consumer empowerment, mobile wallets, price comparison, salesforce empowerment, point of sale and self-checkout. Today we’re going to continue the discussion by looking at how list making apps benefit consumers by improving their overall shopping experience.

New Ways to Make Shopping Lists

Through the ubiquity of mobile devices, retailers have a new opportunity to connect with consumers by providing mobile apps that provide features that assist in their shopping.  One such feature is list making, which helps consumers to save time and stay organized. List making applies to all sorts of shopping, with the most common being grocery shopping, but also applying in many other situations such as hosting celebrations, preparing for a vacation or improving one’s home. In the past, many consumers simply wrote “to buy” lists down on paper, imagining what they may need solely from thought or by looking through cabinets and garages. Smartphone’s can transform this process by providing these consumers with new features and innovate way to interact with products. By managing shopping lists from a mobile device they can become sharable, reusable, cloud-synced, and can even help consumers find products in a store or compare prices at nearby retail locations. These “smart” shopping lists can also utilize a smartphone-based barcode scanner as a means for product interaction. Consumers can pick up any product at home or in a store, then simply scan the barcode to add these products to a list. Apps like Out of Milk and the Comparis Smartshopper are great examples of excellent list making apps.

Here’s a look at a basic list making process:

    1. User creates a “new list,” naming it in a functional manner.
    2. User can scan a product’s barcode to add it to a list, or the user types in the name of the product manually. (This step is repeated until list is complete)
    3. User can copy or share their list with other people or devices, through email or social networks.
    4. (During shopping), user checks off or eliminates items off of list as they shop.

This form of making shopping lists is much more fluid and intuitive than that of the traditional process. The ability to quickly generate a digital list, which can be copied or shared, is a vast improvement. Next we’ll look at how developers can utilize a smartphone’s camera to interact with any product.

Utilizing the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK and Product API in List Making Apps

With Scandit’s innovative Barcode Scanner SDK and Product API retailers can create simple and elegant list making apps. Our fast and reliable barcode scanning technology ensures consumers will be able to quickly interact with any product, and through our product data services retailers can provide access to valuable product data. Watch the video:

Out of Milk: A Case Study

One of our customers, Out of Milk, has developed a fantastic cross-platform list-making app which is widely popular. The simplicity of design and integrated barcode scanning functionality make the app quick and easy to use.  Out of Milk was originally created to improve upon the more primitive list-making apps on the marketplace.  In order to do this they focused on making the app easy to use, and providing barcode scanning as a means of product interaction. In addition they made their list’s cloud-based, making them easily accessible from any web-connected device. The result of their efforts is their immense popularity and loyal fanbase of consumers who’ve benefited from better organized and easy to use shopping lists. You can check out Out of Milk by downloading their app for iPhone or Android today.

Building a List-Making App

So you’re convinced, it’s time to build a list-making app. What needs to happen next?

1)      Decide if you want to hire a solution provider to build your app, build one in house, or see what Scandit has to offer.

2)      Decide which platforms you’d like the app to run on.

3)      Assess which systems you need the app to work with. What kind of database does the app need to connect with to provide users with product information?

4)      Identify the features you need, and find the best software components for the job.
(Our Barcode Scanner SDK and Product API are perfect for identifying everyday products).

5)      Build and test your app (watch the Scandit integration video)

6)      Deploy and enjoy.

Need help making a decision? Our sales staff is here to help. Contact us for more information.

Stay tuned for more retail usage scenarios including document tracking, coming soon!