Barbadian Government Web Database To Help Cut Supermarket Costs for Consumers

barbados When we at SiliconCaribe heard of this Barbadian Government Initiative, we did cartwheels! It also sounded alot like CleverGrocer.com which we had been a beta user for a few months ago and now we await their official launch. So our only question is that will the Bajan Government make the data open and available for other developers in Barbados and also across the Caribbean?

TECH NEWS-Looking to shop around and find the best prices for your money? Well, in a matter of weeks persons will be able to go online and have access to food prices at the various supermarkets around the island.

This new initiative, the brainchild of the Ministry of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, will see the launch of a web-enabled database next month. And, as a result, individuals “watching their pennies” will be able to make informed decisions about how to spend their monies and which supermarkets are offering the best deals.

This is a search facility which allows users to compare the prices of approximately 350 basic consumer items at supermarkets monitored by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

According to Chief Economist in the Ministry of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Michael Wason, it was necessary that a database be designed, formulated and implemented to allow for the monitoring of international and domestic food prices, price trends and international and domestic fuel prices. More