The first European Retail Monitor by Roamler covers Hygiene in Supermarkets. The European supermarkets scored an average of 8,1 on hygiene. This independent study focussed on the entrance, fruit & vegetables and the dairy section. Check out the results.
Ever wondered how other Roamler manage and spend their Roamler money? Look no further! In three tasks (Roamler Earnings, Impulse Buys and Impulse Buy Placements) we asked Roamlers to share with us certain details about their Roamler earnings and their spending habits.
Most Roamlers cash out small amounts whenever they need a bit of extra money or they use it to pay for small, everyday things, like groceries. However, some Roamlers do save up and cash out large amounts every once in a while.
For example, Rebecca P buys books:
Jonathon W would take his girlfriend out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant:
And Vicky R bought an adorable dog!
Jon G is saving up to have spending money when going on holiday:
Janine M wants to buy a horse saddle
And Neha B wants to repair a broken phone:
Regarding the general spending habits of Roamlers, it was interesting for us to learn that when Roamlers commit to cheaper impulse buys, they tend to splurge on chocolates, sweets and beverages. Even more interesting is the fact that most Roamlers (62%) said that the products they would buy on impulse are on the regular shelves and on the aisle ends. This contradicts popular opinion that the products at the checkout are most often grabbed on impulse. Only 16% of Roamlers said that the products they would buy on impulse are placed at the checkout.
When making big impulse purchases, Roamlers tend to go for electronics (many buy television sets). Watches and clothing are also very popular categories. Below we list a few other fun, uncommon or quirky impulse buys that Roamlers have confessed to:
Nicky P bought this wall mounted CD jukebox that came from an old pub:
She writes: “It looks a bit of a state at the moment, because we are doing some servicing work on it and have bought a black sparkly vinyl wrap to cover the wood. The CD movement is visible and is super cool, plus you can print inserts that flip over so you can choose your track. We love music and the whole family gets to choose their favourite CD’s to put in it. We are thrilled with it!”
Mike H bought a very rate 1827 street directory of Wolverhampton in an antiquarian bookshop in Wolverhampton:
Mike writes: “I collect old and rare local history books of my home to town area. I didn’t intend to buy this one but when I saw it in the shop I just had to buy it!”
Heather H went to the shop to buy a bicycle rack and ended up buying a car!
Sharon R bought this amazing looking bicycle:
She writes: “Well I rode it home! But it’s there and I AM going to use it… honestly… but think I’m a fair weather cyclist.”
Judging from what Roamler had to say, impulse buying might not be a bad thing. 96% of Roamlers indicated that they are happy with their impulse buys and that these purchases are enriching their lives in some significant ways.
Maybe it is time to do that Roamler payout and spoil yourself a bit…
The name ‘Roamler’ comes from the word ‘roaming’, which is an essential part of being a Roamler. Whether you are performing a scout task (with a fixed location), or an explorer task (any location outside of your home), Roamler is guaranteed to take you to new places in your area. Locations are a very important part of what Roamler is and so we have put together a list of top 4 location tips to help you have the best Roamler experience possible!
Top location tips
- Map view – In your app, you will see a little map icon in your ‘tasks’ screen. If you click on this, you will get a map view of all the tasks available in your area. This is useful for planning a ‘Roamlering route’.
Please note, sometimes the pins on the map are slightly off, so always pay attention to the location’s address more.
2. Closed locations – Very occasionally you might come across a location that is permanently closed. For example, it burnt down, or a totally new kind of business now occupies the building (does not apply to simply a name change). In this case, the best approach is to still accept/continue the task at the address, take a photo of the building/site, and inform us in the last optional comments section that the location is closed. Then submit the task. This way we have photographic evidence that the site is closed, and we know it is the right address because of the GPS tracking of your photo. In this case you will usually receive a £2 reward, or 50% of the original reward (with a minimum of £2).
3. Opening/Closing times – Always make sure that the location you are visiting to perform a task will be open when you arrive there! This is especially the case with bar/restaurant checks.
4. Sent away – For most Roamler checks, the Roamlers must act as mystery shoppers, meaning the staff should not be aware that they are performing a retail audit. On very rare occasions, however, Roamlers are spotted by the staff and told they can no longer perform the task – sometimes half way through the task! In this situation, the correct steps would be to refer the questions of the staff to UKsupport@roamler.com, leave the store, continue the check outside, and inform us in the optional comments section at the end of the task what happened. Then submit the task as per normal. In this case you will usually receive a £2 reward, or 50% of the original reward (with a minimum of £2).
During the past two weeks Roamlers have been telling us what their favourite blogs and websites are. We received hundreds of excellent recommendations! We selected a few interesting ones, covering a wide range of topics, to share with you. A few of these are blogs and websites created by Roamlers themselves. Interestingly we learnt that 14% of Roamlers have their own blogs or websites!
One that popped up in many submissions is the The Money Shed, one which is close to our hearts because many Roamlers found Roamler through this site!
There were also more personalised options, such as the one Roamler Jill B shared:
Jill recommends this blog, because “It sets realistic goals and is down to earth in its wording – some articles are in depth, others skim the surface but they are all very informative and on occasion personal to the blogger.”
Cooking and baking blogs
In line with the great submissions we have received from past tasks such as ‘Roamler recipes’, many Roamlers recommended blogs and websites about cooking and baking. Among these, we especially liked the following two:
Tanya P. explains that the Minimalist Baker offers simple, healthy recipes with less than 10 ingredients. She likes it for the following reasons: “It has loads of great vegan/vegetarian/gluten free recipes for inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, plus just some really different ideas.”
Caroline C. recommended the following food blog:
Caroline describes this blog as follows: “It’s a recipe website that reads like a food blog. The creator is a very interesting woman who tells excellent stories about her life alongside her wonderful recipes.” And Caroline likes it because “Ali is interesting as she tells stories about her day to day life in Kansas whilst sharing the most brilliant recipes. She takes all her own photos.”
City lifestyle blogs
Laura K. suggests:
She explains that The Londoner is a “Lifestyle blog featuring great places to eat in London (and around the world), affordable fashion pieces and cool photography images.” She likes it, because “It’s really interesting and inspires me to go visit the places in London that she writes about. All the fashion items are normally at an affordable price too! And the photography in the blog is amazing.” Combining these kinds of blogs with the execution of Roamler tasks makes for a great day out!
Louise P. drew our attention to another interesting city-specific blog, which is her own:
For this blog Louise gets creative in reviewing food and drink places all over Cheltenham, a nice opportunity also to do Roamler bar checks!
The following motherhood blog featured more than once in the submissions:
Sarah A. explains that the purpose of this blog is: “To talk about the reality of parenting without the patronising rubbish that parenting websites usually spout. She tells it like it is and makes us all feel a little bit more normal and less guilty about the everyday stresses of being a parent.” It is Sarah’s favourite because “She tells the truth. No dressing it up, no pretending, just the truth about the reality of parenting. I feel like I can identify with her and very often, after a looooong day of feeling guilty about all of my parenting choices, taking her blog makes me laugh and feel slightly less guilty.”
Other interesting blogs
Curtis W. recommends:
This website was created by a kitten fosterer and the aim is to entertain, mainly through cute kitten pictures. Curtis loves this because “It has cute kittens and it’s nice to follow them growing up without any of the mess of having kittens myself. I’ve followed it for a few years now.” This site reminded us a lot of the submissions from the task ‘Pet shaming’, such as the photo of the mischievous Roamler cat below.
Another unusual, but interesting blog was suggested by Rebecca D.:
She explains the purpose of this blog as follows: “People from all over the world send secrets to one man who uploads onto the website.” Rebecca writes: “Insightful, emotional, interesting, feelings, deep, intimate secrets shared, books are released of all secrets, and all classic secrets are also shared. I check this site every Sunday morning.”
Then, of course we received recommendations for some tech websites and blogs.
One that featured more than once is:
The purpose of the blog is to share news regarding Apple products. Rob W. explains that he likes it, because: “It’s first to get the drop on all the latest apple news and it’s well written and balanced on its opinion. And they do great live streams of apple events.”
Kiran K. recommended an interesting feminist blog:
She explains that “It’s the UK’s first feminist webzine which is responsible for reviving debates around feminism in Britain.” Kiran is a fan of this blog, because “it is dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary feminist voices.”
And something for the guys:
Dean J. writes that the purpose of this website is: “Everything for men, health , exercise, gadgets and relationships.”
Lastly, we received many recommendations of blogs telling the stories of different people. Here we selected two blogs created by Roamlers themselves.
The first one is Lucy L.’s blog in which she relates and discusses her experiences of suffering from Grave’s disease and hypothyroidism:
And a second fascinating and heartrending one is Shelley F.’s blog in which she shares the story of how her life suddenly changed:
Happy reading!! And thanks for all of the great submissions!
On this cold day in these turbulent political times, we decided to give all our Roamlers a little pick-me-up by sharing some of the powerful and uplifting mottos that Roamlers live by.
For those in need of a smile:
“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”
Dominic C. explains this motto as follows: “Everyone deserves to be happy, and everyone can help them with this!” He applies it in his life by “smiling at others as much as possible (without looking like a total crazy!)”
For those in need of bit of motivation, Paige B. writes:
“Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing“
For Paige this means: “Don’t half heartedly put effort into two separate things when you can put all of your effort into one thing for a greater result.”
For those who feel that life is a bit dull today:
“If it’s not fun, then what’s the point!?”
She explains this motto as follows: “Time is precious and so valuable – especially in such a vibrant city where there is just so much to do and so many amazing people to see! So, if you try something and it’s not so fun – well, go do something else…” And she applies it in her life by “If I’m somewhere and I’m really not having fun then there’s places I’d rather be…I also love what I do in my work, I sell accessories which I hand make (which is very fun!)” Check out Lynsey’s work here.
For those who are experiencing a difficult time:
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
For Anahita M. (only one of the many Roamlers who shared this motto) this means: “Make the most of what you have because life is about experiences.” In her life she lives according to this motto by doing the following: “I always look on the bright side and know that things will get better when they are bad.”
For those who dream (and know that others do too):
“Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
Sinead M. explains: “Be nice to those around you and demand the respect for them to be nice to you. And have dreams and aspirations.” She applies this in her life by “learning new things that I’ve always wanted to do, such as paddling a canoe on my own. And supporting others in their dreams.”
For all of us, everyday, who encounter strangers:
“There’s no such thing as a stranger, they’re just friends you haven’t met yet.”
For Joanna H. this motto requires of us “To be open and friendly with new people. Accept people. Everyone is someone you could potentially get along with.” She lives this motto as follows: “When I go out I always speak to people I don’t know and try to involve others so as not to leave anyone out.”
And finally, when all else fails:
“Chocolate doesn’t ask questions, chocolate understands.”
Tim W. writes: “I like this motto because chocolate is one of my favourite guilty pleasures and always helps when I’m stressed about anything at that point in time. I don’t have to worry about being judged by chocolate because it knows just what I need…My daily fix of cocoa!!” He explains further: “Whenever I feel as though I’m not in the mood to do anything productive or I feel as though I’m not performing to the standard that I should be, I will have some type of chocolate to take the edge off things and also to give me that extra shot of energy that is needed to get through the day!”
Thanks for these wise words everyone!
Here at Roamler we wish you a very happy, calm, productive and love-filled day!
The job overview is no longer a list of all tasks, but it is divided into different tabs. There are currently 3 tabs; with paid tasks, tasks for experience points and tasks you accepted.
With the new update you have all accepted tasks in a separate part of the app. From there, you have all the tasks you accepted to perform conveniently placed under the accepted tab. To indicate that new tasks are available for you, an orange dot will appear in the appropriate tab.
Sort tasks just the way you like it
That’s not all. Tasks in the paid and accepted tabs can be listed to your liking. You can choose to group tasks and have the tasks in a specific order.
You can group tasks on:
- Location – If there are multiple tasks available at one supermarket, they are grouped together.
- Job – The different task locations are grouped per Job.
- Or you can list all task locations in one list.
You can sort paid tasks based on distance with the locations nearest to you at the top, or you can sort them on payment with locations with the highest reward at the top.
During the past few weeks Roamlers shared their favourite recipes with us. We received some absolutely mouth-watering submissions. Below we give you a selection of some of our vegetarian favourites for every meal of the day.
A sun fruit salad with homemade cashew cream and pumpkin seed sprinkles
By Lindsay N
In this recipe Lindsay shows us how to make a colourful, protein rich, vegan but creamy version of the classic fruit salad.
Ingredients: Apple, pear, mango, banana, lemon, pumpkin seeds and cashews.
Method: Cut up the pieces of fruit, blend the cashews with water to make a cream. Pour on fruit and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.
Ploughman cheese on toast
By Paul B.
Paul shares with us an easy, quick, but wholesome lunch with both fruity and savoury flavours and three cheeses!
Ingredients: Bread, red cheddar, onion, tomato, chutney, caramelised red onion, Brie, Wensleydale cheese, crisps, grapes.
Method: Toast the bread, place tomatoes and onion on the toast, put cheeses on top, grill for 6 minutes in gas mark 5. Spoon out chutney and caramelised onion on to a plate. Place toast on plate, serve with a cuppa tea and grapes
By Louise W.
Louise shares with us a fun, light and indulgent starter.
Ingredients: Tomato, cheese, wild rocket, crackers, soft Italian cheese
Method: Slice the cheese and the tomato. Put a thin spread of the soft cheese on a cracker and then some wild rocket. Add a slice of cheese, then add a slice of tomato, then another slice of cheese and finally add another cracker on top.
Pea and Mint Croquettes with Avocado Relish and Sour Cream
By Lindsay N.
Lindsay shows us how to make another delicious raw meal that is packed with all of our favourite superfoods
Ingredients: Spinach, rocket, peas, tomatoes, chia, pine nuts, cashews, avocado, lemon, lime, nutritional yeast, mint, chives, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, chilli flakes
Method: The pea croquettes are made in a food processor then dehydrated, then served with rocket salad, mashed avocado relish and cashew sour cream made in a blender.
Dark Chocolate Cake
By Blessing B
Blessing provides us with a simple version of a classic, rich, dark favourite!
Ingredients: Flour, eggs, milk, cocoa, sugar,soda, vanilla extract
Method: Sift the flour and the cocoa powder with one cup of sugar. Mix vanilla eggs in a separate bowl and add a cup of water. Mix the 2 bowls together and beat on high until the ingredients is thoroughly mixed together. Pour into a cake tray and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 45 minutes.
Happy eating everyone!
We asked Roamlers what their #firstsevenjobs were, and we learnt that Roamlers have been, and are, doing fascinating things! Among these are:
Other interesting jobs that Roamlers have been doing, or are still doing, are being a money counter, train driver, zookeeper, prison officer, stable hand and trumpeter. Many Roamlers are in creative fields like art and theater. Others follow and have been following more conventional career paths like engineers, police officers, data officers and ecologists.
An interesting recurring theme in the submissions for this task was that so many Roamlers enjoy what they do, because they like helping people. One of the police officers, Lesley Ann K said for example “I love working with people and it’s nice to know you have helped someone or made a difference.” We have some nurses, teachers, bus drivers, paramedics, and cashiers (among many others), who all say that they enjoy(ed) their jobs, because they really like helping people.
More than one postman noted that the reason why they love their job is the exercise and fresh air that the job requires. The soldiers tend to enjoy the opportunities for travel that the job offers. Some Roamlers in business positions enjoy the wining and dining that accompany the job.
Some women indicated that being a mum is both the most challenging as well as rewarding jobs they’ve ever had. We also had a submission in which a man explained how fulfilling he finds the role of househusband to be, because he gets to spend so much time with his family.
It was great to see that many Roamlers love their current jobs more than any other job they’ve done before. This is often because they say that it is in line with their career objectives and that they are doing what they’ve always wanted to do. On the other hand, many Roamlers who are now doing the more long term jobs that they have been aspiring to, really miss certain aspects of their previous, more temporary, jobs. For example, one Roamler misses being a night porter, a job that allowed him to watch the sunrise everyday. There is a Roamler who thinks back fondly of her days working at a cinema where she could watch movies for free every day and a Roamler who is missing working as a stable hand, because she enjoyed so much being outside with the horses.
Some Roamlers find their jobs thrilling and exciting on most days. While others find their jobs super boring:
The only thing all of these persons have in common is that they are all Roamlers! We are excited to have such an interesting and diverse Roamler workforce!
‘Not all who wander are lost’ -JRR Tolkien
This month we asked Roamlers their opinion on the new craze that has taken over the world: Pokemon Go. As you know, this is a location-based augmented reality game in which players find, capture, battle and train Pokemons who appear on the screen of mobile phones as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. This app has become a global phenomenon and is regarded to be a new way to get people outside and moving, and to bring people of different walks of life together. However, it has also attracted a lot of criticism, because it is believed to contribute to accidents and to lead to public nuisance.
As always, Roamlers proved to have very diverse, but interesting perspectives on this phenomenon. So far 61% of Roamlers who completed this task said that they play Pokemon Go, while 39% don’t. 7% of Roamlers think that Pokemon Go is a good way to explore the city. 43% feel neutral about it. And 8% think it is bad!
Roamlers who do not play Pokemon Go told us how they prefer to explore their cities. The answers were interesting and often quite poetic.
Some Roamlers, like Gregory C, explore by foot…
And some, like Chris C, by bike:
While Roamlers like MK R and Mary W like to plan their explorations properly…
Others, like Hilton W and Patricia C, enjoy wandering aimlessly and exploring paths that lead to unknown places:
Many Roamlers, including Hannah W, Lindsey K and Joanne M are accompanied by their four-legged friends in their explorations:
And others, like Ozgun L, by their human loved ones:
Last, but not least, many Roamlers mention Roamler as an excellent way to explore their cities and towns!
Every four years, Europe comes together to participate in an epic battle of sporting mastery, national pride, and unity. The UEFA championship empties the streets during game time and unites people across national boundaries. This year, Portugal came out on top, despite having their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo (who has now played in more UEFA matches than any other player), taken off the pitch in the first half of the match due to an injury. Of the total 108 goals scored in the UEFA championship this year, 9 were scored by Portugal.
During the course of the championship, we asked Roamlers who they thought would win. Almost 200 Roamlers in the United Kingdom (UK) participated, but only 7 of those guessed Portugal! The top choice was France, with 43 Roamlers opting for it, and Germany came in at a close second with 41 Roamlers selecting it. The Roamlers who guessed correctly are*:
Jonothan. A, Francois. N, Jidapa. R, April. P, Aurora. G, Hayley. G, and Ash. R.
We also asked the Roamlers to take photos which represented their country of choice (although, no flags!). Below are some examples.
Congratulations to the Roamlers who chose Portugal! They have been awarded an invite for their great guess work.
We have some more really interesting creative tasks that will become available in the app in the next couple of weeks, including one involving little Lego men…what could it be? Watch this space!
*Usernames have been shortened