On the surface at least, Pointy is a very simple concept. It attaches to a point of sale system to make the stores stock levels publicly available. For a large chain such as JB Hi-Fi you can see their stocks online for individual stores all the time, but what about the little guys?

Google announced that they are in the process of acquiring Pointy, as well as providing some insight into how this will integrate into Google search:

With Pointy, merchants simply plug a small box into their barcode scanner or install the Pointy app on their point of sale system, which surfaces the products that they sell directly into the “See what’s in store” section of their business profile on Google Search. Since we introduced this functionality a few years ago, Pointy has been one of our key partners, helping thousands of local merchants display this data within Google.

The system is a great way for small businesses to show their stock levels online, driving business to their stores. At the current time, the footprint is quite small but is sure to expand with Google driving the technology forward.

Source: Google Blog.
Via: 9 to 5 Google.
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Username001
Username001
5 months ago

Bunning’s could do with this, a staff member admitted their systems bares no resemblance with reality and items may or may not actually be in that store. So frustrating!

Jeni Skunk
Jeni Skunk
5 months ago

Wonder how long it will be, before Google do to the existing Pointy software, hardware, and userbase, what they did to Nest?
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/05/nest-the-company-died-at-google-io-2019/

FestivusOz
FestivusOz
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5 months ago

Other than no longer “Works with Nest” program that may have resulted in broken workflows (if not replaced with Google Assistant alternative Day 1 not sure if there are any impacts. Google isn’t the best at making changes and maintaining feature parity day 1 other than that there seems no issue here