While malls that could fit inside a shoebox have five directories scattered throughout the small building it seems as if larger malls hide the directory so that shoppers will inevitably spend more time roaming and thus more time buying stuff.
But if you have an iPhone or iPod touch then you'll never have to endure this frustrating experience again.
Point Inside is an app which provides users with a map of the mall that they are visiting, complete with where you are in the mall and a searchable directory of stores that includes hours, phone numbers and specials.
You can even find restrooms, guest services and kids play areas with the app. The app offers the ability to mark your parking place so you don't spend half an hour looking for your car at the end of the day.
Point Inside contains mall maps and information for more than 100,000 stores and kiosks in almost all 50 states. If you want to see if your mall is included you can search its online mall map listings.
For a better idea of how Point Inside can help you find your way around the mall check out this demonstration video provided by Point Inside.
While you do need an iPhone or iPod Touch you don't need an Internet connection to use Point Inside as the maps are stored locally on your iPod. The app is only available on the iPod and iPod Touch but the company hopes to offer it on other devices beginning in 2010. They also hope to have more detailed directions, like a red line indicating the quickest path to the store you want to visit, in future releases.