If there's one thing everyone dreads, it's waiting in line at grocery stores. They're time-consuming, boring, and you have to do it if you want to eat for the rest of the week.
Loblaws, Whole Foods and Metro have all begun introducing delivery grocery service, and now, Google is doing its part too.
The search engine is now offering real-time updates on grocery store searches, giving you info on live visit information, wait times, and typical visit duration so shoppers can avoid stores long wait times in checkout lines.
The difference between this and Google's already well known feature Popular Times is the live update. The information, which appears only when Google has sufficient data, is displayed below the business information in Google Search and Google Map. It's based on anonymous crowdsourced location data to show roughly how long you'll be waiting before you get to checkout.
And the feature extends to restaurant wait times too. No more turning up last minute and having to wait 60 minutes at the bar before a table opens up.
Google will now include a pop-up box that appears when you click on a time frame in the popular times’ chart. The live data is labeled as “busy,” “usually busy,” “usually not busy,” etc., along with the wait time and will be supported on nearly a million sit-down restaurant listings worldwide, initially in Google Search.
Unfortunately, the new feature doesn't set off alarms when a customer in front of you has a purse-full of nickels or a cart-full of exchanges.
So we'll have to wait until Google's next update to see if they can solve that problem too.