By David Dorf on Jul 17, 2009
Best Buy's Remix API (described in a previous posting), seems to be catching on with developers. There are now several applications displayed in their sample gallery. I think they've proved that if you built it, they will come. Now I wonder if its really driving sales?
Tesco, the global grocery chain headquartered in the UK, is getting on the bandwagon with TescoAPI. Like Remix, the web services expose product and inventory information in the hopes that others will create innovative applications and widgets that will drive additional sales. It appears that Tesco has taken the Microsoft Azure route, but we won't hold that against them. The original API was done using SOAP, but apparently they are transitioning to REST soon.
I love this trend toward openness because it fosters innovation, and that can lead to better shopping experiences for consumers.
You can get access to over 50 APIs categorized as "shopping" over at Programmable Web. They range from the Yahoo's (added in 2005) to Tesco's (added this week).