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Why AppHipMom loves it: view flyers on the go and digital coupons
Being that I’m joined at the hip to my smart phone, it’s with me everywhere I go. Grocery shopping is no exception. You’ll find me holding my device in one hand, pushing my buggy with the other (not always easy). Up until now, I used my device mainly for shopping lists but now grocery chains like Metro (with over 600 food stores operating in Quebec and Ontario) are seeing the benefits to having their own app for customers. A big shout out to Metro for inviting me to the official launch of their new Metro.ca and My Metro app.
The big news with the My Metro app are the digital coupons. Though I love to save money, I don’t coupon. In fact I don’t even read newspapers anymore, let alone the flyers. But having the coupons on my phone to show the cashier at checkout is something I can easily do. Hey, it’s all about the customer, right? Metro wants to make it easy for us to shop and I love it!
I don’t have the time to go through the flyers at home, but having the flyers downloaded to my phone is very helpful. I can check out all the specials as I’m standing in line, waiting for the kids or even as I’m commuting on the subway or bus to work. If I see an item I want, a simple tap and it’s added to my shopping list.
If you register on Metro.ca, your shopping list will be synchronized between the web and your devices. So maybe you started your grocery list at home, then added a few more items at work from your smart phone. Perhaps your spouse or kids added a few items of their own. When you get to the store, you’ll find that everyone’s items are on the list ready for you. No excuses for forgetting!
The app also has a weekly menu which contains recipes (4 per day) that will help with meal planning. You can even add all or some of the ingredients to your shopping list with a simple tap. Love the icons that indicate what items are on sale or if there’s an associated coupon available for redemption. Each day centres around a key ingredient, for example, as I’m writing, Friday’s recipes focus on tilapia and Thursday are drumsticks.
If you’re an Air Miles collector, add your number to the app and you can earn extra air miles on selected items. I only wish the store could scan my Air Miles card from my iPhone (a la Passbook style) so that I don’t have to reach into my purse to find my Air Miles card for them to scan.
It was unfortunate that the store I visited did not appear to be adequately trained on the app. Staff didn’t know what to do with my digital coupon. But to be fair, it was only the second day of the app going live, so I’m sure I was their first customer to walk in using the app.
What part of the app (shopping list, coupons, weekly menu or flyer) do you find most useful to you?