Sites That Bring Online Shopping Benefits Offline

There’s a giant retailing show happening this week, and both Intel (s INTC) and IBM (s ibm) released some retail-related technology news. IBM is detailing  a survey on a new class of price-and-experience sensitive shoppers it dubs Shifters, while Intel is focused on a new point of sale product that offers hybrid online/offline perks such as customer reviews and a screen that shows available inventory at the store.

Given these two news items, It seems like the Internet is changing our real-world shopping patterns and expectations by giving us access to more pricing information — moving us closer to some idealized state of frictionless consumption. Given that some things, such as groceries, are still hard to buy online, I started thinking of some companies that help bring the benefits of online shopping — such as comparing prices — offline. Below are a few. Feel free to share others in the comments. Read More about Sites That Bring Online Shopping Benefits Offline