Cobb GIS sets up crowd-sourced grocery supply tracker

Cobb County government building in article about rent and mortgage assistanceCobb County government building (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Cobb County’s GIS department has created a crowd-sourced grocery supply tracking survey to help Cobb residents find needed supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shoppers are encouraged to fill out the survey after they shop to let others know the availability of groceries and supplies at specific stores in the county.

An email from the Cobb County government describes the initiative as follows:

If you want to avoid going to multiple stores just to get essential household goods or groceries, we’ve got something to help you. The staff of Cobb County GIS Division have developed a resource to help you plan your trip to the store. If you go to a store such as Kroger, Publix, WalMart or Costco, please fill out this anonymous crowd-sourced survey.
It is a resource to let our residents and seniors know about store inventories. You can add pictures too. Please share it with your friends/family. https://cobb-covid-19-grocery-stores-and-inventory-cobbcountyga.hub.arcgis.com/

The GIS survey web page adds the following information:

This is for information only, and location hours/services change daily.  The survey results/maps are posted anonymously by shoppers.   This will not be used for Cobb Code Enforcement.

It is the users responsibility to verify any information derived from the GIS data & Maps, before making any decisions or taking any actions based on this information.  

The Cobb GIS website also has a dashboard, which lets you know how many people have filled out the survey, and various statistics on the results, along with an interactive map that allows you to click on individual stores for information on their stock of various supplies.

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1 Comment on "Cobb GIS sets up crowd-sourced grocery supply tracker"

  1. These are all over Nextdoor and proven that it just rubs noses in the I got mine good luck to you! This does not work and shame on you for trying! What is on the shelves at 9:00 Is rarely there at 9:15. It just gets shoppers out, get disappointed, and since our start going store to store looking for whatever. How does that promote self quarantine? This is NOT community building. What works subdivisions on their closed Facebook page give shout out I’m going to store at time send me your list. Another shouts out I’m going to different store at (2 hrs later) send me your list etc etc. What Might work asking stores to stagger stock those items that are popular to give all a chance at everything. And not advertising time of stagger.
    What is illogical is advising to shop early. I don’t think public cares to see/get caught in Black Friday mentality ever morning of the week. Recipe for disaster and loss of public trust
    If you wish to be helpful how about 1. Set public mindset you may not get what you WANT. But stocks of NEEDS needs to vastly improve. Encourage folks to make new recipes using what you’ve got in pantry. New ideas of same old. Picnic in backyard. Make a drive in in living room or on back deck set Tv outside and watch move there on vcr. Family book nite read book out loud to family or listen together an audio book. Have an appetizer dinner, great way to finish up all those leftovers that on their own don’t make a meal. You can do so much more with this but faux shopping is a bone head move

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