Tesco launches iPhone shopping app
UK supermarket Tesco has announced that it is launching its first ever shopping app for iPhone.
The Tesco grocery app joins a range of apps it has introduced for use on iPhones, including Clubcard and the Winefinder, which together have now reached over one million downloads.
The supermarket giant, the world’s third biggest retailer, says the grocery app represents a landmark, as this is the first time that it has created a shopping portal that is specifically optimised for the iPhone.
It will mean users can do their shopping via their iPhone, enabling to find products, create a shopping basket, check out and arrange a delivery. If they have already made an order online on a computer, they can change it with the app.
Online UK grocer Ocado has seen a rapid increase in people ordering via its iPhone app.
Laura Wade-Gery, CEO for tesco.com said: “We’re always looking for ways to make life easier for customers. The iPhone app creates a fantastic new way to shop with tesco.com whenever you want, whether you’re adding last minute essentials or starting a new order.”
The app means that customers can ‘shop on the go’ for groceries via their iPhones. Once downloaded, those customers who have registered with tesco.com groceries will be able to access their home store’s product range and their ‘Favourites’ (items purchased online or from a Tesco store using a Clubcard. They can log into their grocery account and add forgotten items to their basket, or start a new order from scratch, checking out securely on the phone or later online. The updated order synchronises seamlessly from phone to computer and vice versa, perfect for adding last minute essentials.
The iPhone app is available for free and users can download it directly from the Apple iTunes Store. Tesco has been working with mobile specialists Ribot, who designed and developed the new app.
Antony Ribot, co-founder of Ribot commented: “User experience is so critical to the success of apps like these. The functionality can be great, but if you fail on experience, you’ve failed full stop. For Tesco, the user’s shopping experience was the top priority, and that’s where we were able to put our knowledge to work. Ribot turned the whole concept of mobile shopping on its head using ‘Favourites’ as the core component for the whole process. By doing so, we’ve created something which is intuitive and familiar, despite being completely new.”
The tesco.com grocery app allows customers to:
– Add/remove products from an existing order
– Login to their grocery account
– Browse ‘Favourites’
– Book a delivery slot
– Search for and add products
– Browse for products by department, shelves, aisles etc.
– Display nutritional and storage info for products (not available for all products)
– Seamlessly integrate their mobile grocery shopping with the same order on a computer
– Checkout via their mobile or online