Have you ever been in a scenario where you google for an item online, find it at a store nearby, fight through traffic to get there, only to find out that it’s out of stock? Well, Google is looking to help you tackle that issue, with its latest “In stock nearby” feature for mobile devices. When searching for products sold by participating retailers (Best Buy, Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery barn and West Elm), if there is a blue dot next to the item, you can click on the “In stock nearby” link to check if the item is “In stock” or has “Limited Availability” near you (as long as you’ve enabled My Location or manually specified your location). It’s currently available for iPhone, webOS and Android-powered devices, though there isn’t any mention of Windows Mobile in the official post, is this a sign of things to come? If you’re a retailer and want to participate in this program, Google has a form that you can fill out to be considered.
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