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lowe's-app44Have you ever been lost at Lowe’s, unable to find the garden hoses or cleaning supplies?

I have, and it’s not fun. Never fear. A new mobile service is here to pinpoint products in the cavernous stores.

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s is partnering with Seattle startup Point Inside on a new mobile feature called StoreMode, which allows shoppers to find products on a map. The new StoreMode service is available for all Lowe’s stores, integrated into the company’s Android and iPhone apps.

iPhone-carrying staffers of the retailer also will be able to access the maps, showing customers where products are located.

Everything from light bulbs to circular saws are designated on the map with a pinpoint.

“Point Inside and Lowe’s just set the high bar for what it means to shop in-store using your mobile phone,” said CEO Josh Marti.  “Five years in development, our big-data StoreMode platform can now semantically search, recommend and spatially locate 100 million product locations and deals at 1750 Lowe’s stores.”

Founded in 2009, Point Inside also works with grocery store Meijer. It raised $3.2 million in funding last year.

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