Tesco’s first QR-code enabled print advert

Mike Fethers, a buyer for Tesco Entertainment, has sent me Tesco’s first QR-code enabled print advert! You should be able to scan the QR code on the image he sent me below (click image to show larger version if needed) using your smart-phone with a suitable barcode-scanning app. The QR-code contains an HTML link which is http://bit.ly/aefZn7 which gets converted by […]

How to make “Sat-nav” work inside a Tesco Store

If you have been reading in the media about my proposal to have a form of in-store “satellite navigation”-style location based awareness for Tesco Finder app users, I thought I would take you on a dive into the sort of research we’re doing to see if we can make this work. Now we don’t do ‘tech’ for […]

Nice review of Tesco Groceries app by BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones

The BBC’s Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, has written a nice blog article on the Tesco Groceries app now we have updated it to include barcode scanning. It’s always good when people I respect are enjoying the fruits of the work coming out of Tesco.com! http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/10/mobile_barcodes_and_smarter_sh.html

Tesco Groceries for Mobile – Infographic

I absolutely love this info-graphic that has been created describing how our Tesco Groceries app works with the rest of our service.  Now do you see why I so enjoy working with the marketing team? A picture paints a thousand words, and us geeks should remember that a little more than we do!

Join the Tesco Freeview Broadcast Experiment

APPLICATION OPEN – SEE http://techfortesco.blogspot.com/2010/11/applications-open-to-join-tesco.html — I’ve joined up with my colleagues in the Tesco Electricals team to launch a nationwide experiment to transmit personal messages and useful content straight to your Freeview set-top box over the UK’s digital TV broadcast network. I’m looking for volunteers to help me with the experiment – and for a lucky […]

Tesco Groceries for iPhone – now with Barcode Scanner

Our Tesco Groceries for iPhone app has been updated to enable you to scan barcodes using the iPhone’s camera (the same way that Tesco Finder for iPhone does). Now you can scan any EAN barcode and, as long as the product is sold in your home store, you can see the product’s details and add it […]

BREAKING: Tesco Online voted most accessible website by RNIB members

Jack Bennie, IT manager and colleague here at Tesco.com, has just alerted me to the fact that Tesco Online has just been voted the most accessible website for visually impaired computer users by members of RNIB and listeners of Insight Radio, the RNIB’s online radio station for blind and partially sighted people in the UK. […]

Search the Tesco Recipe site using an SMS text message

Text COOK and two or three key ingredients to 83726 (TESCO on your keypad) and get back a great recipe from Tesco Real Food.Texts are free for Tesco Mobile customers, other network customers may be charged at their standard network rate. With our focus on Tesco apps for the latest generation of mobile smart phones you […]

Shortlisted for the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2010

(Falls off chair) A hat tip to @MadMaxMel on Twitter who has just alerted me to the fact that this blog has been shortlisted for the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2010. If you enjoy reading this blog and find it of value, then on behalf of Tesco.com IT and the R&D team I would love […]

Rakesh’s Interactive Visual Feast for Tesco Groceries

I’d like you to meet another of our R&D team and introduce to you his pursuit of making searching for products on our website rather more interesting – indeed exciting to use – than it is right now. So here is Rakesh Ravuri. Say hello! We’re going to get you to experience this proof of concept right […]