Best way to show "find the office nearest to you" on an INTERNATIONAL scale

22 Dec 2010 - 4:17pm
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aZippel4iD
2010
I need to develop a process for customers to find the “office nearest them” on an INTERNATIONAL SCALE. Our team is talking about the differences between using a graphic map or a text list. Has anyone wrestled with this alligator before or seen any parallels this project has with other functionality that we could look at? Thank you for any help, insight or humor you are able to offer.

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23 Dec 2010 - 7:22am
Ali Naqvi
2008

Hello,

I like Gucci's store locator: http://www.gucci.com/us/storelocator

It both has a text list and a map which shows the offices near your geographical location.

Ali

23 Dec 2010 - 12:05pm
aZippel4iD
2010

Hi Ali,

Wow, what a great example of map, text, and grabbing my ip address to land automatically display the nearest office to me.
Thank you so much!
Art

From: "Ali Naqvi" <Ali@amroha.dk>
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:38 AM
To: art@artzippel.com
Subject: Re: [IxDA] Best way to show "find the office nearest to you" on an INTERNATIONAL scale

Hello,

I like Gucci's store locator: http://www.gucci.com/us/storelocator [1]

It both has a text list and a map which shows the offices near your
geographical location.

Ali

23 Dec 2010 - 2:05pm
hassan.schroede...
2009

On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM, aZippel4iD wrote:

> Wow, what a great example of map, text, and grabbing my ip address to land > automatically display the nearest office to me.

Take into account, though, that IP address -> gelocation mapping is a very inexact science.

The Gucci example above shows my home IP off by about 90 miles, which is quite a bit in a populous urban area (SF Bay area, California).

When I'm traveling and using a Verizon MiFi hotspot, services show my IP somewhere on the East Coast, even if I'm actually in Colorado or the middle of the Bonneville Salt Flats :-)

So, make sure correcting the calculated location is easy!

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