Need some wine, but unfamiliar with the area? The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released an app for iPhone users that brings Fine Wine & Good Spirits to your pocket.
In Lower Southampton, residents know that there is a state store in the Lower Southampton Village shopping center and the Trevose Shopping Plaza.
However, the searchable features from the app will show you there are nearby stores at 500 Second Street Pike in Southampton and 2223 Galloway Road in Bensalem. Better yet, the app is helpful in even more unfamiliar terrain—like in the greater Philadelphia area.
The app, which is free and available on iTunes for those older than 17, also includes:
- Product browsing of the wine and spirits catalogs
- Real time pricing and inventory
- Product search capabilities
- Bottle scanner to identify products
Hosted by Apple's third party site allows users to rate it. So far, 24 people have weighed in, with fairly favorable views, reading like this one: "Finding the nearest Wine and Spirits store is so clutch!"
One negative review said: "Just one more reason to get rid of the government-run booze business. We get to see how many wines and spirits we can't buy in PA and how over-priced products are."
Reason against privatization?
However, proponents of privatizing the state's liquor stores said in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that the technology hardly changes their views. Leading Republicans interviewed said the tech push was nice, but can't compete with private companies who already have apps and social media.
Still, the state's LBC said the app is a work in progress and will continue to innovate.