Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:39

BBYOpen/Remix Products API Enterprise Shipping Promotion Changesbernierjohn

BBYOpen/Remix Products API Enterprise Shipping Promotion Changes

Free Shipping Change Overview:

•       Best Buy’s Free Shipping program changed on Thursday 9/12/13.  
•       Our new offer is Free Shipping on orders $25 & up.   It is being built with flexibility in mind.   As business needs dictate, the free shipping promotion may be changed to support the needs of the business. 


Free Shipping on Everything

Excludes: Marketplace (based on seller offer) and some scheduled delivery categories (there are some free schedule delivery offers in market based on category), and items displaying “In Store Only” message 

Currently :  Free Shipping on orders $25 & up

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Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:55

Our Take: BAPI San Francisco - 2013bernierjohn

BAPI San Francisco - 2013

Having just come back from Mashery’s BAPI 2013 in San Francisco, there’s one word that keeps popping in my head.  Wow.  I knew there were smart people in the world doing amazing things in the API space and I knew to expect great things from this conference, but I was really blown away.   

Most of the time at various conferences, there are select agenda items that are can’t miss, and some that you can sneak out of and get to the lobby for some work time.  At this year’s BAPI SFO, there wasn’t one presentation I wanted to miss.  In fact, during some of the breakout sessions, I kind of wished I could clone myself like Jango Fett and sit in more than one at a time. 

While I was lucky enough to attend, I don’t want you to miss out on anything so I’ve compiled my “Best of” summary below, in which I call out some of the key themes, or take-aways I had during each talk.  I think there are some common threads amongst the presenters, and I’ll do my best to call them out below.  

Opening Remarks

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Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:58

The "Best of" Best Buybernierjohn

From a browsing standpoint on BestBuy.com, today we offer things like access to our 500,000 product assortment, as well as Weekly Digital Inserts, Deal of the Day promotions, and most recently, we introduced a Low Price Guarantee.  

With regard to the data we're offering via our APIs, we work hard to make sure that we offer as many of the features BestBuy.com has to offer as possible.  However, feedback from our users has consistently orbited the idea that they wished we made it easier to find the great deals that Best Buy has to offer in a more intuitive manner.

With that in mind, we’ve been busy building views into our data that will help you find the “Best of Best Buy”.  There are several ways for you to sort through our product assortment, and several ways for you to find exactly what you are looking for.  Below, you will find an explanation of some of the offer-focused attributes that we have available, followed by their attribute definitions and accompanying query samples.

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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:51

BBY Open Metis "Emotional Weather Report" Demo Showcases Semantics, Metis Platformbernierjohn

BBY Open Metis "Emotional Weather Report" Demo Showcases Semantics, Metis Platform

We're just turning to spring here in the upper midwest and people are coming out of hibernation. Store are advertising spring sales, retailers and merchants are in the middle of coming up with their latest strategies to get people buying their products for the next quarter. Even without the barrage of ads, people's buying habits are shifting from a winter to summer mindset. As I sit down to right this blog post, outside it's a cold, damp, misty day, which has triggered a desire for listening to The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen's greatest hits (hello, the 80's called and they want their brooding indie pop back) while sipping on a hot cup of dark roast. I believe that the weather and my environment have affected my choice in coffee and music today.

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Thu, 03/21/2013 - 09:57

BBYOpen's Jay Myers Guest Blog via ODI bernierjohn

Recently, BBYOpen's Product Manager Jay Myers was invited to do a guest blog post about our Product Insight Engine, code name: Metis.

Read the full post here:


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Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:50

Valentine’s Day Fun with Semantic Data: Metis - Hers and His - Endpoint, Available for Querybernierjohn

Well folks, it’s the day before Valentine’s and you may be out scrambling to find a couple of last minute gifts. While I’m positive you’re not just thinking of yourself this Valentine’s, there are some places you shop (thinking Best Buy here) that it’s nearly impossible not to pick up a little something for yourself. In the spirit of giving and receiving this Valentine’s Day, we’ve crafted a fun, simple, static endpoint that performs a SPARQL query to produce matching products that are available in “hers” and “his” styles, to showcase the Metis platform and the power of Semantic technologies and how they can be harnessed and used by developers with varying skillsets.

The details:

“Hers and His” API Endpoint: http://metis.bbyopen.com/query/valentine

Results: Product name, price, SKU, image

Formats:  XML or JSON, via content negotiation. Please note: developers should specify application/xml or application/json in the request header

We were all excited to see the results in human format, so we knocked out a very crude visual representation. Don’t laugh, we’re not artists here…

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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:58

Announcing: Metis “Like for Like” API, Available for Public Alphabernierjohn

Announcing: Metis "Like for Like" API, Available for Public Alpha

BBY Open and the Metis project team are excited to announce the release of our semantically-driven "Like for Like" endpoint, available now for public consumption. Like for like functionality is defined as: "for any given game, software, or hardgood SKU, display the products most like it, ordered by the number of product attributes that match."

The details:

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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 10:32

Will You be Developing a B10 App?bernierjohn

Will You be Developing a B10 App?

Ahhh, the Blackberry.  A number of years ago, the Blackberry Pearl was my first real phone (if you don’t count the brick of a phone that was the HTC Mogul).  I remember opening it up when it was dropped off and thinking to myself, “I’d made it!” I had a Blackberry, just like my dad had.  I was cool.  I had status.  I wanted to wear it on my belt.  Plus, I could stay connected to email while I was away from the office…Freedom! 

Along the way, I also discovered apps like Pandora and Facebook via the Blackberry App World.  I showed my friends who were impressed, they app wanted to know how to try it too.  I was cool.

Somewhere along the way, it became the opposite of a status symbol.  After upgrading my Pearl to a Droid 1, when I saw people with a Blackberry, I imagined walking up to them and saying “come on, get with it, let go of the past and get with the present!”. 

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Tue, 01/22/2013 - 14:30

Announcing BBY Open Metis SPARQL Endpoint Alphabernierjohn

Announcing BBY Open Metis SPARQL Endpoint Alpha

Billions of products are available to the average consumer every day, most just a couple of clicks away. Products themselves are made up of a wide range of attributes that influence people's purchasing decisions -- for example, products in the Best Buy catalog have an average of 31 actionable attributes that could make a difference in what a customer ultimately purchases. The number of product attributes range from a couple, in the case of a simple object like a gift card, to near 100 in the case of a home appliance. With these complex product offerings humans (both consumers and employees) are at a disadvantage. As a consumer, have you ever been challenged to find that one product that exactly fits your needs? How many times have you been disappointed with a product's features and returned the item?

BBY Open believes the answer to more intelligent shopping lies in smarter, more in-depth queries of product data. That's why we're happy to announce the second phase release of our product insight engine, Metis. To enable deep product data querying, we have released our first SPARQL endpoint at http://metis.bbyopen.com/sparql?query=, now available for public queries.

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 09:11

Listia Partners With Best Buy to Power Their Trading Marketplacebernierjohn

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Listia, the fastest-growing marketplace for trading, today announced a relationship with Best Buy that lets users exchange their old, unwanted items for brand new Best Buy products sold through the Listia Rewards Store.

"Listia has become the best tool available for unlocking the idle value in your closet," said Gee Chuang, CEO and Founder of Listia. "We've helped over 2 million users sell their old and unwanted goods for Listia credits that can be used to purchase brand new merchandise. By integrating our Rewards program with the BBYOpen API, we can now offer hundreds of thousands of premium Best Buy items to our community of traders."

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