Google has partnered with more than 70 retail brandsincluding national retailers like Best Buy and Williams-Sonoma, as well as software manufacturers like JDA, Epicor and Oracleto connect shoppers searching online with local stores that have the items theyre are looking for in-stock. For example, if youre looking online to get your son that new Wii video game hes been wanting, you can click on the "nearby stores" link to see where its in stock nearby.
Google Shopper 1.3 is the company's mobile shopping app, which helps shoppers on the go research items and find the best place to buy them either online or in a nearby store. This version includes new search filters like "price" and "brand" to help refine your search. And, youll still get features like Local Availability, voice search and rapid continuous barcode scanning (so you can point your phone at a product and get information from the web).
"Popular products" and "aisles" are two new features that help people learn about and discover new products. When you search for a category of products such as "camera lenses," Google's new popular products feature helps you get started by showing you the lenses other people are viewing online. "Aisles" helps you browse and discover products by organizing results into sub-categories that others have found helpful. For example, if youre looking for a new TV, you can choose between display types like LCD and plasma. If youre interested in camera lenses for that brand new SLR, you can shop by the aperture of the lens.
According to a study by Forrester while 93 percent of retail purchases today happen in a store, more than 46 percent of those in-store purchases are influenced by online research.