On the Street: Thrifty Foods unveils mobile app

Neil Tran of Leap Web Solutions and Curtis Duggan of Dactyl Studios have created a new mobile application for Thrifty Foods customers. “We were able to include many great features and we’re very pleased with the end user experience,” said Tran. “We wanted to use large type, because we spend a lot of time on our phones and we know what a difference that makes.”

Thrifty Foods started interviewing local design and programming companies in June and had a clear vision of what they wanted to see – simple, no-nonsense features that would be easy for customers to navigate and would also allow for special offers and alerts that could be shared with app users in all markets. They also wanted an app that would work well on all iPhones and Androids – a tool for customers to get quick updates on special offers that would make the shopping experience easy.

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App users can spot seasonal offerings on the company’s reserve and pickup service and early previews of favourite products that have just arrived in store. The new app includes the Thrifty Foods weekly flyer, special deals, grocery-list memory bank, recipes and the ability to tap and store ingredients to lists, a store locator and storage of Club Thrifty Foods card number. The Thrifty Foods app is available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

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On the move

John Juricic has been appointed chairman of SportHost Victoria, succeeding Andrea Carey of The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence. SportHost is a sport tourism partnership made up of industry leaders in the region. It was created as a legacy of the 1994 Commonwealth Games as a way to increase the number of sporting events held in Greater Victoria. Juricic, owner of Harbour Digital Media, is executive director of the Sidney North Saanich Industrial Group and serves as chairman of the Langford Economic Development Committee. He is also a past president of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

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Everyone yoga

The second annual Victoria Yoga Conference is scheduled for Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Victoria Conference Centre. It is billed as a weekend of learning for the curious and the serious and includes workshops, speakers and seminars. An all-access early bird pass until Dec. 31 is $225. After that, it’s $275. See victoriayogaconference.com

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Frontrunners on board

Frontrunners Footwear owners Rob Reid and Nick Walker were elected to the Canadian Independent Running Retailers of Canada executive this week during the Running Event in Austin, Texas. The conference and expo is geared for the more than 400 independent running retailers in North America. About 200 suppliers attend the meetings. Walker was elected to the executive for 2014-2015 and Reid was designated as Founding Honorary Member of the Board.

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