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Pantry Manager

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Fooditech is a pantry management app that allows users to record and share their food inventory with their family members.

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A solution to Food Waste

Problem Discovery

The research was initiated based on a lifestyle of mine. I clean up the fridge and my pantry about once a month. I wasted a terrifying amount of food every month, and I’ve never thought about finding a solution.


Understand the problem and ideate a solution to reduce food waste, in addition to saving money and protecting the environment.

Project Learning Focus

This project focuses on the design thinking process and learning different methods of research, ideation and testing, etc.

My role

UI/UX designer


2 months

Secondary Research.

Food loss along the food chain

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) defines food loss as the edible amount of food, postharvest, that is available for human consumption but is not consumed for any reason. It includes cooking loss and natural shrinkage (for example, moisture loss), loss from mold, pests, or inadequate climate control.

Why should we care

Each year, more than 66 trillion gallons of water go toward producing food that’s lost or wasted.

About 20% of the products are wasted, which means we’re wasting one-fifth of the land and water used to produce them.

About 45% of all fruits, vegetables, roots, and tubers are wasted.

Existing Solutions.


“..He limits what he buys at the grocery store. Rather than a bag of oranges, he buys two oranges. If he happens to have something in bulk, he’ll vacuum seal it and put it in the freezer...“

- Tips to reduce food waste in your kitchen - Jennifer McClellan

Pantry Challenge

A pantry challenge is a focused time when you use up what you have before buying more food.

- Take the pantry challenge - Jessica Fisher

Track and Donation

Waste can be avoided by improving product development, storage, shopping/ordering, marketing, labeling, and cooking methods. If excess food is unavoidable, recover it to donate to hunger-relief organizations so that they can feed people in need.

- Food waste FAQ, USDA


If you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can install one or more of the following apps to help you manage the rotation of food inside your fridge so that you can avoid throwing away unused food.

- 10 Apps to help you organize your fridge & pantry, Jeff Flowers

Key Points

  • People are limiting their grocery shopping

  • Use up what they have in the fridge

  • Needs help with pantry management to avoid food waste

  • Better shopping/ordering habits

Competitive Analysis.

There aren’t that many pantry management apps

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Screener Survey, User Interview.

Why are they wasting food & how do they keep track?

Google Forms | In-Person | 5 Participants

To identify my potential users for my food inventory app, I conducted several user interviews with participants I found through a screener survey using google forms that I prepared.

Interview Goal

My goal for the user interview is to identify why they are wasting food and how they keep track of their food inventory.

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Affinity Map, Pain Points.

Lack of management and control over food inventory

After conducting all the interviews, I used an affinity map to find patterns and similarities between all the participants. It helped me gather some very interesting insights from my targeted users.

Why is this happening?


Buying and forgetting about it


Waste a lot of leftovers, often forgotten in the fridge


Buying too much of a certain item


Buy what they see or what they want in the store.



  • Pamela who constantly tries to keep her inventory organize but she always has trouble coordinating with her family members, causing it to be unsuccessful.


User Journey.

Be in the user’s shoes during each step of the shopping journey


The journey of Pamela buying grocery for the family




Before she leaves

  • Calling each member of the family to see what they want from the store

  • Bring the shopping list

  • Double checks her inventory


  • Family members don’t use the shopping list

  • Family members keep buying things


  • No one pick up their phone

  • Easy to use product for recording inventory for everyone in the household, Pamela won’t have to call everyone before she goes shopping

When she arrives

  • Holding the shopping list in hand while shopping

  • Skeptical about purchasing because she doesn’t know if someone at home bought it already


  • Not sure what she has at home


  • Trying to call family and ask about items

  • A shopping list that can be shared

When she gets home

  • Unloading her groceries

  • Putting items into storage


  • Finding expired items at the back of the fridge or pantry


  • Someone bought the same item

  • Record with expiration date

Think outside of the box

The fun stuff

  • Grocery stores rejects your business unless all food is consume (very unrealistic)

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  • Fridge will be lock when its full, user must select and item to consume to unlock it

  • A trash can that rejects food

  • Fridge with compartments inside, needs to deregister(consume) to unlock each compartment

  • Restrict grocery shopping on credit card (how much and how often)

  • Mail your shopping list to the grocery store

  • Barcode Scanner on the fridge to record items

I went with the app solution because it's the most convenient for people with smartphones to access, and it's the most budget-friendly.


How might we...

HMW help with keeping track of their food inventory?

Record food inventory by entering the name, category, expiration date, and storage. Users scan the barcode with their camera to make recording easier.

HMW access the grocery list everywhere?

The list sharing feature also allows users to access the list from their household members, so they don’t have to contact each other when they are grocery shopping,

HMW remind them about expiring food?

Expiring items should always be on top of the inventory lists to get users' attention when they enter the app. Notifications will also be sent when the item is about to expire.

How do we help Pamela with these solution


Pamela can access her shopping list even if she doesn’t bring the piece of paper with her. Also, she can see what everyone else wants in the household because her family can also access the shopping list wherever and whenever.

Information architecture.


Usability test

In-Person | 5 Participants | Direct Tasks


  • Problems and Frustrations

  • Task Success and Task Time

Behavioral UX Metrics

  • Product Usability

  • Appearance

Attitudinal UX Metrics

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  • 7/8 participants who used the prototype said they were happy with the experience
    8/8 participants like the appearance of the UI.
    6/8 participants think that they can reduce food waste by using the app.
    6/8 participants think the app is easy to use.

Major improvements

  • Unsure how to remove items once consumed

  • adding the name of the person who added the item to the inventory list

  • Purchase date might not be necessary because it already has the added date

User Interface

Ensure good contrast and readability






The homepage contains all items in the pantry list. Users can search for items or filter by categories

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Shopping List

All members on the pantry list can add items to the shopping list. Replenish the pantry by tapping on the item and entering the expiration date

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List Sharing

Sharing pantry/shopping list with household members. Creating a party or catering list with friends and family.

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Final Comment

The test results always amaze me. That is why usability testing and understanding the users are crucial to every project. I especially enjoyed creating the user journey map. It gave me a visualization of every touch point of the user's journey and their emotion. It helped me ideate solutions and made the decision on useful features to solve users' pain points.

I am happy that the product that I created could be beneficial to the problem. It was easy for me to find potential users for the product because food waste is such a common problem, many people seem to have the same issue, but the majority of them aren't doing anything about it. I had a lot of fun working on this project. I learned so much valuable information about food waste and the serious environmental problems that lead.

*This project was develope during the Springboard UX design coruse

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