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The app initially provided basic information on store locations, hours of operations and services offered. Washkosky said having these details in one place went “above and beyond anything we’ve ever been able to offer before.” And while feedback on the app was positive, he admitted its usefulness was dependent on the users’ expectations and needs. “People appreciate the information we’re providing, but now we’re able to offer them something exciting. The coupons provide a very tangible benefit to the end user.” Still, there are always technical issues to resolve and content to update. Washkosky said the web applications team is working on expanding content for agro and home centres and looking at improving the design and functionality for users.

The new CO-OP App has saved me money every week since I started using it. Victoria

“An app is never really finished. It’s an evolution. We fully acknowledge we can make things like the flyer better to improve the user experience,” Washkosky said. The Co-op CRS app is available on four operating systems: Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows. The need for evolution is shown by the latest BlackBerry smartphone, which requires a whole new version of the app to be created; the coupon feature is now available, with the remaining functions to be launched this fall. Updates to Apple’s operating system may also lead to design changes in the future. To download the app on your smartphone, you can visit mobileapp.coopconnection.ca.

Yorkton COOP Administration 30 Argyle Street Yorkton 306.783.3601

It only takes a minute to check before you go for groceries and see what the coupon or offer is for that week. And it pays off at the till. Don and Beth

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