A pricing and processes mobile app, 4theGoodz, designed by Bahamian Systems Analyst/Programmer Caliope Sandiford, is expected to be on the market by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Sandiford told Guardian Business yesterday that the app will address three problems in the country: Finding goods and services, ease of doing business and tracking prices.
“The app can place every farmer, fisherman and scarlet plum seller in direct contact with their customers,” she said.
“And that’s just the farmer, the fisherman and the scarlet plum seller.
“Consumers will know exactly when products are available, where to go to get them and how much it’s going to cost. In addition to providing the current cost, the app allows consumers to track historical prices. It offers flexible notifications on product availability, product discounts and specials.”
Sandiford said she is a self-taught app developer and began work on 4theGoodz last year. She has been developing apps for four years now.
“The road to developing the app including learning the Objective-C language for the iOS platform, learning Android development and the development of a foundational Incident Reporting app was essentially assimilated into this work,” she said.
“I will be filing a patent application around some of the key features of the app and I’m targeting a first quarter 2019 release. I recently completed the Small Business Development Centre training and I am looking for a strategic financial partner.”
Sandiford said she is confident the app will help to increase the ease of doing business, as any business, private, public, large or small, can have their forms accessible from the app and available to customers for service sign-up, inquiries or feedback.
“Any form, any purpose, any configuration with each form workflow enabled,” she said, “from reporting a pothole, to signing up for a conference or completing a survey. This feature addresses a major issue in the country, providing customers with access to unlimited business services right in the palm of their hands.”
Sandiford said the idea for the app came as the country was preparing to implement value-added tax (VAT) at 7.5 percent. According to Sandiford, she began to watch prices of goods in the grocery stores and decided on creating an app that would intuitively track those costs.
“I remember watching one required household item go from $6 to $7, then $8, then $9, then $10,” she said.
“And this was over a period of about three months with VAT not even implemented as yet. I refused to buy that brand and decided that I would write an app to track any price I was interested in.”