Friday, 3 September 2010

Tesco Finder's one million requests

I always look forward to coming to work after a nice holiday break.

Perhaps I'm strange but, like many other organisations in e-commerce, is a rather exciting place to work. Every week there's always some remarkable new statistic that has surfaced which makes for a interesting talking point around the water-coolers (yes, we really do that).

It's even better being the author of such a statistic, especially when my holiday-mode brain is not quite ready for full scale work and normally makes me spend time doing no more than wading through the acres of email received during the vacation.

Tesco Finder, our store and product finding application for iPhone has now reached its one millionth request! The anonymous customer who made the request was duly advised to head to aisle 23, unit 4 on the left hand side and the 3rd shelf up from the floor to find the searched for 'bovril'.

Tesco Finder is coming up to its first birthday - a year of helping customers find our branches, and find the products in them!

1 comment:

  1. Why can't Tesco with all it's millions release it's software across other platforms? If a bedroom/hobby coder can write an awesome, stable Android app in hours/days/weeks - why am I still waiting for the Tesco apps to appear in the Android Market? I write android apps myself and I know how simple and quick it is. Why can't you assign one guy from your dev team to work on Android for a couple of weeks - that's all it would take!


As this blog grows in readership - and because it carries the Tesco brand - I have had to become more careful about the sort of comments that are acceptable. The good news is that I'm a champion of free speech so please be as praising or as critical as you wish! The only comments I DON'T allow through are:

1. Comments which criticise an individual other than myself, or are critical of an organisation other than Tesco. This is simply because they cannot defend themselves so is unfair and possibly libellous. Comments about some aspect of Tesco being better/worse than another equivalent organisation are allowed as long as you start by saying "in my personal opinion.." or "I think that...". ... followed by a "...because.." and some reasoned argument.

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