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Tesco app update adds barcode scanning to check on local stock

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Tesco has rolled out and updated version of its iPhone app, which now offers barcode scanning that links back to the user’s nearest store stock checker. So if you run out of jam, then scan the barcode on the app and it will check to see if it is still in stock at your local store.

Powered by Stripey Lines, the white label barcode scanning technology, the app has successfully told your humble M-retailing editor that there are currently five bottles of highland spring water in aisle 10 of my local store, there is plenty of cheap lager, but I am out of luck when it comes to wine (you start to get a picture of my working methods here through what I keep on my desk).

The app also allows these items and other searched for in the more conventional search functionality to be added to shopping lists and for new shopping lists to be created and saved, rather than just amending and change the one list, as found in version 1.0.

The news comes as Tesco announces that its club card app – which allows the customer to manage and use their club card through their iPhone, Ovi and Blackberry – has had half a million downloads since its launch earlier this year.

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