It’s strange to think that a decade or so ago, the idea of internet shopping was still distrusted by a lot of people. Even those who were happy to flash their credit cards for Amazon books and eBay items often pooh-poohed the idea of buying food or clothing online.
Nowadays, that’s all changed, particularly for food. Every major supermarket now runs an internet shopping service, delivering orders to your door. But 2010 is the year they also started looking to do it through mobile apps, with Tesco’s being particularly impressive.
The app ties into the Tesco Groceries website, so you’ll need to have an account – or sign up for one – to use it. The app lets you shop by aisle, adding products to your virtual basket and then checking out to pay for them, before booking a delivery slot.
There’s a good search facility, and the ability to amend your orders if you’ve forgotten something. The app also syncs up well with the Tesco Groceries website, allowing you to flit between one and the other depending which screen is in front of you.
A useful feature is the way your favourite products are saved in memory, making it quick and easy to compile a regular shopping order, rather than having to search for each product again.
It’s a mark of how much we like the app that we’re already dreaming up new features for future updates. Tighter integration with Tesco ClubCards for example – adding some of the features seen in the Sainsbury’s standalone Nectar app. Or increased highlighting of products with money-off or 2-for-1 specials.
Even so, the app – which also works on iPad and Nokia devices – is a comfortable way to do your shopping from your sofa, the train or anywhere you like.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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