Retail Stores & Locality within

7 Jun
2007

Me and the missus were at the local Target today, looking for some odd and misc stuff.

We circled the entire store before we came across something we were looking for – full-length mirrors.

Wouldn’t it make sense for retail stores to have a little ‘search kiosk’ at the end of each aisle? Let me put in a keyword (I’m sure they have meta-data associated with all their products), and it can tell me what aisle I should go to.

Wandering out? Not fun. Asking people? I don’t mind, but quite a few don’t. And as the population becomes more and more tech-savvy, it just makes sense.

4 Responses to Retail Stores & Locality within

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Andre

June 8th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

search kiosk? this is a physical store, you’re supposed to go ask a person where smething is, not a computer, unless the store is run by robots? or else they do this all on purpose to make you walk around while looking and buy other stuff you didnt intend to buy

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Ahmed

June 8th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Perhaps it is on purpose. The thing is – often time people are busy, or not very friendly. Some people are shy too. Others just don’t like asking.

It’s a simple keyword/tag search inside the store.

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adam

June 9th, 2007 at 12:43 am

It’s like the casinos Ahmed. .. as you wander around you stay longer, spend more, buy more stuff you don’t want etc. and keep in mind that it isn’t designed for you in mind. It’s designed for the bored housewife who has her kids in tote and they run around the store while she’s struggling to discreetly find the tampon aisle, as they load the cart with toys and candy.

BTW there is this new thing called the internets though where you can do a search like at Target.com , and then go pick it up at the local store. Real tough. ;)
http://www.target.com/gp/search.html/602-0712964-8662235?field-keywords=full+length+mirror&url=index%3Dtarget&ref=sr_bx_1_1&x=0&y=0

hooza

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Ahmed

June 9th, 2007 at 10:37 am

Oh the internets – what will they think of next!

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