Category: Technology

  • Free iPhone shopping list app, and more

    Free iPhone shopping list app, and more

    iPhone apps, out-of-print books and other fun…

  • Saving money with printable coupons and technology

    Technology is changing coupons — and shopping in general.

  • Coupon Sherpa Mobile Coupons: In Store Coupon Application for the iPhone and iPod Touch

    “Coupon Sherpa gives iPhone and iPod Touch users access to in-store mobile coupons and printable coupons (found on the Internet) for many of the most popular retailers. The coupons on Coupon Sherpa are for in-store use and not online use. Coupon Sherpa is the logical next step in the convergence of shopping and technology.”

  • Grocery Shopping Out of a Vending Machine

    “Japan is truly the innovator behind the vending machines, having invented them about 80 years ago. Now the new news is the fact vending machines are popping up all over the country selling beer, underwear, fried foods, potted plants, sexual lubricants, and anything else you could possibly imagine. In fact, it is quite possible this […]

  • Omigod, the SmartShopper makes shopping lists for you!

    “Gawd, making a shopping list is just so hard. It’s like, first you need to go find a pad of paper, right? Then you are all like, ‘yo, where my pen at?’ And once you finally get your pen and paper together, you have to like, write down what you need to buy. Who has […]

  • Grocist

    Wow, this is cool — basically an automated grocery list maker. How it works:1. You plug a barcode scanner into your computer (preferably one in the kitchen)2. Simply scan the barcodes of any packages before you discard them.3. Grocist looks up the product’s information from the UPC database4. It keeps a running grocery list for […]

  • F.D.A. Says Food From Cloned Animals Is Safe

    “After years of delay, the Food and Drug Administration tentatively concluded yesterday that milk and meat from some cloned farm animals are safe to eat. That finding could make the United States the first country to allow products from cloned livestock to be sold in grocery stores.”

  • MIT Advertising Lab: future of advertising and advertising technology

    The MIT Advertising Lab thinks you’ll like my upcoming book. I happen to agree. MIT’s blog “follows the future of media and ad technologies, bridging the gap between geekdom and advertising…”

  • High-Tech Shopping Carts Face Hurdles

    “It took a grocer’s offer of a cookie to finally tear 4-year-old Trey Malcom away from the small TV screen in his shopping cart. Even then, his eyes shot back to the monitor the moment he accepted the sprinkled treat from the Publix grocery store clerk. ‘He’s in his own world,’ said his mother, Amy […]

  • Online grocery shoppers heed diet tips

    “Online grocery shoppers who receive dietary advice make healthier food choices, researchers have found. The Australian team compiled a list of commonly purchased foods that contained up to 92 per cent saturated fat and a low fat alternative for each. In a step toward a healthier heart, shoppers who received product-specific dietary advice reduced the […]

  • BBC Shopping List Generator

    “Writing a healthy shopping list isn’t easy, and sticking to it when you enter a supermarket full of tempting convenience food is even harder. Use our shopping list generator to change your weekly shopping habits to healthy ones and find out why you should select our suggested alternative products.”

  • Cool Tool: Handy Adder

    “…it can be hard to change any habit, including habits about how we spend money. It’s easy to slip into a rut of buying the same stuff all the time at the grocery store without noticing weekly price fluctuations. Using the Handy Adder is an effective and weirdly fun way to reconnect your attention with […]

  • Supermarkets Go High-Tech to Get Shoppers to Spend

    “Supermarkets are bigger than ever and adding all sorts of innovations to stay competitive ever since Wal-Mart, Costco and gas stations started selling groceries. Many of the bells and whistles supermarkets have added are designed to make customers linger longer and spend more money.”

  • B.O.S.S. shopping cart follows you around

    “Gregory Garcia, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, developed a shopping cart that not only follows you around the store, but keeps a steady pace while cruising and throws on the brakes before clipping someone’s heels. Garcia got the inspiration for the B.O.S.S. (Battery Operated Smart Servant) from his (presumably mischievous) little sister, who enjoyed […]

  • Reimagining the Grocery List

    “I keep seeing products designed to help people keep track of food they have and items they need from the grocery store. Eventually, these products all have a business model that involves showing ads or printing coupons from the device. Seems reasonable. The latest one allows users to voice input information to add to the […]

  • Eat Your Hybrid Veggies

    “Innovation is sweeping through the farm sector, bringing surprises that go beyond exotic fruits jet-shipped from the ends of the earth. In many cases it is consumers who are influencing produce breakthroughs, just as they forced agribusiness to take organic food seriously. Years ago seed companies courted farmers with new seed varieties that promised big […]

  • Back away from the self-checkout station

    “We are a nation of do-it- yourselfers. We self-help. We self-medicate. We self-destruct. We light our own fireworks. We grill our own hot dogs. We brew our own beer. We prize the independent spirit. Go forth, young man, with your power tools and plywood and build yourself a patio. Go forth, young pioneer, with needle […]

  • The Hunter/Gatherer Mode Of Shopping Increases

    Symblogogy: There was a time when we went down to the local store, said ‘Hello’ to Charlie, the grocer, and asked him what were the specials … and inquired as to what was ‘in season’ this week. Today, in the more progressive shopping environments, one is likely to encounter large touchscreen displays that will answer […]

  • Grocery

    Now in Beta: “We offer more than 10,000 non-perishable grocery items–and our selection is growing every day… At Amazon Grocery, you’ll find longtime staples, from Kellogg’s to Jiffy Pop. You’ll find new entries, such as Kashi cereals and Kraft Easy Mac microwavable snack packets. And when we carry a brand, we’ll try to carry every […]

  • An independent source for flyer deals and healthy meals

    “Find your flyer deals fast! Click to search specials, pick the best deals, save bundles in store… We want all grocery shoppers to save time and money!” More here: New web site allows U.S. consumers to find local grocery deals.