Thursday, 15 October 2009

Tesco Finder's 4000th download and barcode searching capability

You may be interested to know that today we've reached 4,000 downloads of our iPhone Tesco Finder application, and that the Tesco API is servicing anonymous product search requests at the rate of one every 20 seconds during the day and evening.

You may also like to know that one of Tesco Finder's hidden talents is that you can search on a 13-digit barcode. Just read any barcode from a grocery product and type it in. If it's stocked at your selected store we'll show you it (complete with image if we have it).

Yes I know it would be great if you could use Tesco Finder to point the iPhone at a barcode so it could work out the number and perform the search. It would be like a... a.. red laser? We think so too!

Patience, innovation fans; just for a short time.


  1. Tesco generates revenue of €3.15 billion in the Republic of Ireland - its a pity you could not have developed your iPhone ap to cover Ireland.


  2. Hi anonymous,

    It's only because we don't have access to ROI data at the moment. I'll put that data on our research list to see if we can obtain it and put it into Tesco FInder's server database.


  3. You seem to have no problem getting access to our €3.15 billion in cash. So, I am very surprise that you dont have access to Irish data when your Irish operstion is fully integrated with the British one, same language, computer systeems tec.
    Time to get the finger out!

  4. Hi anonymous,

    If only I did have access to your €3.15 billion in cash, I'd use it for all kinds of cool R&D things.

    I suspect that's turnover rather than profit, so we've passed some of it at least onto the increasing number of Irish suppliers stocking our stores with great local food - and of course our Irish colleagues too.

    The Bloomfields store in Dun Laoghaire is a wonderful place not far from where my husband's folks live in Dalkey (he's Irish and definitely on your side when I told him your view!)

    OK, I've started an investigation into ROI data and I'll see what I can do.


  5. Now that your husband is on my side I feel far more confident that Tesco shoppers in the ROI will get their dues.

    I shop in some of your stores in Cork & Kerry and as a busy dad I feel your app could make my visits shorter and more productive.

    Looking forward to an improved Tesco Finder so that we can have parity of esteem as Tesco shoppers with our British counterparts.

  6. I am impressed by your app Are there possiblities for apps to assist the blind if you could work out where the phone was in the store from say bluetooth or wifi location. User speaks to phone then gets bleeps when he or she gets close to the target grocery?


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