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Redesign the supermarket layout based on food miles... UPDATED

(Initial concept is below) ** Update** Since building upon this concept through some intense brainstorming with everyone at the OpenIDEO workshop in Brisbane, this concept has developed into 'The Super Challenge: An Australian Event', which (as shown in the diagram below) is a multimedia extravaganza to bring Aussie supermarkets (in a positive light) into a public forum through the media to engage in the conversation: what does the supermarket of the future look like? How can the supermarket support local food production? Pairing up supermarket retailers with designers, this event would be held in a public space or art space, in which the future supermarket would be brainstormed/designed/prototyped during a live event. This event would be filmed by Australian TV and developed into a documentary/reality show, and would also include an iphone app & web platform as well.

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Initial Concept:

Starting from 1 kilometre at the entry to the supermarket, food will be arranged according to food miles. The further your food comes from, the further into the supermarket you have to walk. Therefore, the most local food will be in the most seen & visible places, instead of the current junk food and specials being close to the checkouts. Make this system highly visible, with signage showing kilometres & place names too so that people can physically walk through the locations their food comes from - from local, to state, to national, to international.

Given the large size of Australia, the signage system could also incorporate maps so that people understand geographically where their food comes from. This type of system would encourage people to rethink their priorities in terms of local vs imported food consumption, and allow shoppers easy and highly visible access to this information.

Concept builds

http://www.openideo.com/open/localfood/concepting/what-s-the-foodprint/

What actions would need to be taken to turn this idea into a reality?

1. Partnership with supermarket chain
2. Map the location of existing products stocked against food miles
3. Also map the supermarket shelf space against rent price per shelf (to be able to relocate the locally produced food to the most valuable shelf space)
3. Plan a new store layout which is based on the principle of food miles, and takes into account the problems as mentioned below in the comments section. These issues could be addressed by re-planning within each section of the supermarket (eg. Dairy in the refrigerator section/Pastas etc) based on food miles.
4. Devise a holistic signage system which works as an educational tool and a wayfinding tool to navigate the customers around the supermarket. This would incorporate information including food kilometres, maps, information about the producer etc.

**Update**
Key partnerships with supermarket retailers need to be formed first, then designers, then the idea needs to be pitched at the Australian media

Who might make a good partner for this project?

Supermarket chains (Coles/Woolworths/IGA), local designers, Australian media

What suggestions would you have for potential sources of funding for the development of this project?

This programme would require pilot funding from government or local food organisations and growers

**Update**
Australian media

Virtual team

Everyone who has commented, all delegates at OpenIDEO workshop Brisbane

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I really like this idea. I also agree with this point "The MediaCart ® system delivers an effective shopping experience for your shoppers. Shoppers can locate products, check prices, and scan products at their cart. They can store and retrieve their shopping lists on the Web and retrieve a map of their items at the cart. Shoppers can retrieve product information and pricing, giving basket totals and check off items on the shopping list as they shop." If we have this system, so that we can know where the food comes from, where to exports and which supernarket to sell. It is benefit for our health, in oder to have better future. I am looking forward to know more development about that.

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I like what you said in your post "If we have this system, so that we can know where the food comes from, where to exports and which supernarket to sell. It is benefit for our health, in order to have better future." I think you are right about it, because it will help shopper to get things that they want and easy to find.

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Yes, it will more easier to find more informations about the foods, and more safer to eat. I really hope that the MediaCart ® system can be implement as soon as possible, so that people can use it in our life, it could be very useful.

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