Tesco to sell Apple iPhone on Tesco Mobile tariffs

This morning Tesco Mobile announced that Tesco would be selling the Apple iPhone with Tesco Mobile SIM cards and tariffs. Our push to get Tesco Finder (and soon, Tesco Grocery Shopper) into the Apple iTunes App Store was because of our desire to bring customers a great mobile experience of Tesco services in the knowledge […]

iPhone for all my internet / comms when away on business? 4 out of 5.

At the start of the week I told you that I would spend 48 hours abroad on business with only my iPhone for all communications and internet connectivity. I award the experience a surprisingly good 4 out of 5. The need for this experiment came as a result of wanting only to carry hand luggage […]

Europeans lead the way with Delivery

In Berlin I learned two things: Britain (and USA) is quite some way ahead of central Europe when it comes to e-commerce service on the web, and We are way behind on the actual mechanisms of delivery. That is, of getting the products to the customer at the time most convenient to them. I can […]

Keynote speech at Berlin European Online Retail Conference

Tomorrow morning I’m giving a keynote speech at the European Online Retail Conference in Berlin (link goes to Microsoft English translation of German site). Called ‘Tesco.com and the Fourth Screen’, my presentation explores new thinking on how to bring grocery shopping to customers using a new, challenging idea: Make it effortless for customers. I’ve always […]

Out At Tesco – and I’m staffing the Tesco stand at Careers Show

Sorry for this off-topic message but, in the light of feedback concerning the announcement of Tesco’s new staff network “Out At Tesco” (of which I am a committee member), I am taking the opportunity here to help readers understand why such a network exists and to announce that I will be hosting the Tesco stand […]

New Version of RedLaser uses only published iPhone APIs

After I put out a request for technologies that could use the iPhone’s camera to scan barcodes without having to call unpublished API methods, I have been contacted by Jeffrey Powers, co-founder of Occipital, the company behind the RedLaser technology. Jeffrey has informed me that there is a just-released version of RedLaser that only uses […]

Barcode scanning for iPhone – anyone help?

Regular readers will know about our desire to take Tesco Finder, our store & product finding app for iPhone, on a journey where we will add new innovative features and functions based on customer feedback. One of these functions is to use the iPhone’s camera to perform barcode scanning. An innovative solution comes from Red […]

Nice thought piece on APIs from Revolution magazine

I like this ‘thought piece’ from Revolution magazine on APIs and the future. http://www.revolutionmagazine.com/news/947967/open-source-answer/ The article’s “pros and cons” paragraph is particularly interesting, and the section about the importance of ‘abstracting’ the API from how the underlying service really works was important to me when designing the Tesco.com Grocery API. Our underlying grocery service is […]

It’s cheaper to Record than Delete.

(Update: Edited for increased clarity!) When I was in Tesco Watford store on Saturday looking at their range of USB hard drives, two thoughts struck me: These disk drives had become amazingly cheap in terms of Gigabytes per £Pound I’d rather buy an additional drive rather than delete anything to free up my existing disk […]