Getting ready for a trip, so I was updating my files. I was surprised by two editorial comments from those contributing to this site pointing to poor corporate involvement.
jrozsnaki discontinued his support for the Starbucks POI file. Can't blame him. But it reminded me that I had once sent, a few years ago, an email to Starbucks saying "Wouldn't it be nice if you were to provide GPS data to help your customers find a Starbucks". Their response to me was a less-then thrilling display of bureaucratic gobbledygook, essentially dismissing my suggestions. A big Thank-You to jrozsnaki for helping as long as he did.
Then jpandcindy reported that "The Chick-fil-A corporate office told me that is against their company policy to distribute any electronic information regarding their stores ...".
These stores live because of their customers. This forum provides a valuable free service to these companies. I would think that enhancing the customer experience would be a priority with them. Too bad it isn't.
I have a nephew who owns one and I have sent him a message asking if he knows if the company has the GPS coordinates for their stores. Will be interesting to see what he says.
Several years ago I asked AAA why they couldn't put GPS coordinates for anyone that advertised in their guide books. I told the man I spoke to at their corporate headquarters that with the availability of GPS receivers the coordinates could be furnished by the advertiser and would be no added work on AAA. Either he was mistaken or was blowing me off because he said when the next addition of each guide book came out they would contain the Coordinates. AS any AAA member knows, that didn't happen.
There are some surprisingly huge cos. who don't have android or iPhone apps......Starbucks I believe does have those apps. They probably figure why have a poi file when this info you're looking for is already available on your smartphone...
I used to be a bit bewildered at the almost complete unwillingness of companies to provide GPS coordinates for their locations, but I think I understand it better now. I can imagine several reasons:
is a good example, at one point in time they provide gps coordinates in various formats, then they come up with an app and discontinued the gps coordinates.
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