Today we added address lookups: as you’re entering a contact’s address Xero quickly finds the complete address and will fill in all the correct details for you.
It’s a nice time saver and it makes sure you get the address right, in particular the post code, without having to hunt down all the particulars and potentially getting it wrong.
Watch this video to see how it works:
Beyond just being a simple convenience, there’s a deeper and powerful shift happening here. In desktop accounting software, contacts are stored on a single computer. Since nobody else can access that computer they duplicate the same contacts on their computer. Who’s got the right address? It’s a mess.
On the web it would be great to just connect directly to a business, get all their up-to-date details and stay in sync. That is the vision of a Single Business Identifier, something we’re working on. Address lookup is a small step towards this vision.
Initially, the lookup feature released today is available only in New Zealand where we’re working with e-Spatial who provide and maintain the data. We’re also looking at localized address providers in other regions. Let us know in the comments if there are companies we should be working with in your region.
We’re very excited about these new connected features because it’s a great example of how being online transforms traditional accounting. This is just a small first step but we hope some of you can see where this goes.