The UK’s largest supermarket chain Tesco is to launch a grocery app for the iPhone, extending its mobile presence by letting customers use their existing Tesco.com accounts to order their shopping using their Apple devices.
The announcement comes after Tesco received one million requests for the app, according to a blog update by Nick Lansley, head of research and development for Tesco.
Android and BlackBerry users are set to benefit also as Tesco is also in the process of bolstering its mobile development team, whilst rolling out new features for its other apps already on the App Store.
The new app will provide competition to existing supermarkets that already have apps on the App Store. Ocado, is currently one of the only apps that allows customers to order via an app, the rest have basic functionality and just offer services like a store locator and opening times.
Update: Tesco has flipped the switch on the app and is available to download now, for free. The app will allow Tesco customers to:
- Add/remove products from an existing order
- Login to their grocery account
- Book a delivery slot
- Search for and add products
- Browse for products by department, shelves, aisles etc.
- Browse ‘Favourites’
- 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