Argos switched to the Google Maps Platform in May 2019. This choice was made after conducting tests among user groups. The people tested preferred the Google Maps interface that they were more familiar with given its popularity in their everyday use (to find out where they are or calculate itineraries).
By migrating to the Google Maps Platform, Argos enjoys the conditions of the corporate contract signed by Sainsbury’s, of which it has been a subsidiary since 2016.
The British retailer modernised its shop searches with a smoother, more natural experience while reducing its budget by 60% compared to the competing offer!
To drive more traffic into its stores, Argos set up a Click & Collect offer and a more innovative Place & Reserve offer. Place & Reserve requires no online payment; the item is set aside and payment is made in the shop or at the collection point. According to Rob Sargent, Senior Lead Digital Product Manager at Argos, “customers buy online, and most want the convenience of collecting at a time that suits them without the hassle of a long Checkout process.”
Argos uses a connected kiosk to find nearby points of sale
Thanks to the Sainsbury’s store network, Argos is boosting its offer of collection points. Google Maps helps its customers easily and quickly find the nearest collection points to pick up their purchase whenever they want during the day. Argos wants to extend its customer online buying journey with a collection experience that places its sales team at the heart of the system. Argos humanises the relationship with bespoke advice and support in its 1,200 stores.
"In-Store devices, Argos’ latest innovation, is helping grow the UK largest omnichannel Retailer to secure 1,000 orders a week currently (which is itself growing every week), as customers can now find a nearby store with stock for the product they want."
— Rob Sargent,
Senior Lead Digital Product Manager at Argos