Co-op launches app

Some Central Alberta Co-op customers could be accused of distracting driving these days — if shopping carts were considered vehicles.

Some Central Alberta Co-op customers could be accused of distracting driving these days — if shopping carts were considered vehicles.

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. has developed a smartphone app that gives Co-op customers an electronic tool to help with their shopping.

Launched last month, it generates site-specific coupons and flyer information, and even enables users to compile a shopping list.

The app also shows the location of and directions to any Federated Co-op affiliate in Western Canada.

“Any community that you’re in, if you go online it will show you where all of the locations are,” said Central Alberta Co-op general manager Larry Park.

Other features include information about Co-op lubricants, like motor oils and transmission fluids, and instructions for the use of Co-op cardlock facilities.

The app is free and can be downloaded from online stores like Apple, Google Play. It’s also available at mobileapp.coopconnection.ca.

A growing number of retailers are developing apps for their customers to use. The list includes Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire, Sears Canada, Princess Auto and Home Hardware.