ShopQuick app will help you stop backtracking

Posted at 7:18 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 08:55:14-05

You're in the frozen section of the grocery store, about to head to the checkout line when it hits you: string cheese. It's the last item on your list, but it's five aisles down where you happened to be 20 minutes ago.   

Now, you have to trudge back through the store, swerving by stopped carts to get that last item. 

This is the exact scenario the creator of the ShopQuick app wants to prevent. 

The idea behind the app is to—you guessed it-- help you shop quickly.

It was created by Chris Trevarthen, an iOS developer at Detroit Labs. He built ShopQuick in just 10 days as part of the company’s App-A-Week challenge. 

"We work on a lot of client apps, so it’s nice to think of our own things," said Trevarthen. 

The way it works is simple: you make your shopping list and take your normal route through the aisles.

As you collect each item, you mark it off.

The app remembers the order in which you picked up the items-- and sorts them appropriately the next time you make your shopping list. If you have weekly staples, you can even add those to your favorites so you don’t have to type them in each time.

Trevarthen tells 7 Action News he wanted the app to be as straightforward as possible—without using too much technology to help people get their groceries faster. The idea-- he said— took flight after a pitch storm session at labs.

"I just wanted something really simple. I didn’t want to have a bunch of check boxes," said Trevarthen. 

ShopQuick is free —and compatible with iOS devices.

Trevarthen said he eventually wants to integrate ShopQuick with Apple watch, so you could glance and go.