You may recall I posted on the Asda property portal a while back regarding their introduction of in store Pods. I asked if anyone had seen a pod and emailed Asda for some assistance.
Well, almost two months later I received a reply along with a pdf brochure. Apparently pods are rife and can be found at the following stores Kent and East Sussex Asda stores; Ashford, Brighton, Brighton Marina, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Crawley, Eastbourne, Folkstone, Gravesend, Kingshill West Malling and Sittingbourne. (Essex Asda Branches hosting the pods are the Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Eastgate Basildon, Harlow, Ipswich, Rayleigh, Romford, Shoebury Southend, South Woodham Ferrers and Tilbury Asda Stores). The pods are also in Asda branches in the North of England; Ashington, Benton, Billingham, Bishop Auckland, Blyth, Boldon, Carlisle, Cramlington, Darlington, Gateshead, Gosforth, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Peterlee, South Shields, Spennymoor, Stanley, Stockton, Sunderland, Thornaby and Washington.
The email also helpful pointed out that:
'... Only estate or lettings agents will be invited to advertise properties on these pods, and no estate agent will be allowed to take more than two columns on the same pod. This is a really sensibly priced high footfall scheme with prices starting at £100.00 per calendar month...'
There are some amazing stats in the brochure such as 4million hits per month for the property portal. The pdf states encouragingly that '... Currently the Pods use a Window Card system; however a technology solution that includes a touch screen database search facility for all types of property and several flatscreens showing the entire portal database in-store will be implemented in ’09...'
It goes on to say that you are permitted between 5 and 20 window cards for £100 per month. If anyone wants a copy of the brochure, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a copy.
I am fascinated by these pods and I want a picture. I know some of you are down in Brighton which is apparently looking after a pod so let me have a picture please.