March 25, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Big in Japan has made its popular ShopSavvy app even stronger by adding information about stock levels at local stores. In addition to providing price comparisons for online and brick-and-mortar stores, ShopSavvy details which of those stores actually has the product in the store.
Using information gained from a partnership with Krillion, a company that provides retailer stock information, ShopSavvy is now able to “present [users] with up-to-the-minute, local inventory across hundreds of product categories and merchants,” says Alexander Muse, co-founder of Big in Japan.
ShopSavvy was already one of the best apps on Android and now the barcode scanning app is even stronger. I recently went to Target to purchase a tripod, and upon scanning the barcode, ShopSavvy told me that Office Depot had it a significantly lower price. Since it was on my way home anyway, I decided to purchase the tripod at OD, only to find out that the product wasn’t in stock when I entered the store. Of course, I should have called ahead to see if they had the product before leaving Target, but ShopSavvy can now provide that information directly on my G1.
I just tested the “in stock” feature in ShopSavvy and it seems pretty accurate so far. My tripod still shows up at Target, Office Depot, and a local Best Buy, but it correctly points out that only Target and Best Buy have it in stock. Scan an item around your house, office, or local retailer and you’ll notice the updated feature on the results page.