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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:WINN) today announced it launched a smartphone application that will help customers find their closest Winn-Dixie, allow them to view the weekly circular and sales for that specific store, and create and manage shopping lists that both sync with computers and can be shared with other users. The easy-to-use app for Apple’s iPhone and Android smart phones is available as a free download through Apple Inc.’s iTunes, the Android Market or through links on Winn-Dixie’s website at http://www.winndixie.com/Mobile/apps.
“Our customers are on-the-go more than ever and this new app will make their busy lives easier,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie group vice president of marketing. “Using the new app in the store, you can check off items as you place them in your cart, so you’ll never miss an item on your list. And you’ll always be organized - no more paper lists stuffed in pockets or purses or left at home or in the car.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, e-commerce experts expect use of shopping apps like the one being introduced by Winn-Dixie to mushroom as more Americans purchase smartphones. PC Magazine reports that 29.7 percent of U.S. mobile phone users already own a smartphone, the highest recorded figure to date. A recent study by Accenture shows nearly half of conventional cell phone users plan to buy a smartphone in the next 12 months. The Accenture study also found:
“Our goal is to help our clients engage with their customers where ever they are in the digital space,” said MyWebGrocer CEO Rich Tarrant, CEO of MyWebGrocer, which developed the app for Winn-Dixie. “The growing popularity of the iPhone and Android phones shows that Winn-Dixie’s mobile strategy for multiple platforms makes a lot of sense.”
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest food retailers. Founded in 1925, the Company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The Company currently operates 484 retail grocery locations, including 379 in-store pharmacies, in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.winn-dixie.com.
MyWebGrocer drives digital connections between consumers, grocery retailers, and Consumer Packaged Goods brands. MWG creates and manages digital solutions for clients including websites, digital media, online circulars, email marketing initiatives, mobile applications, social media strategies, and customer acquisition programs. MyWebGrocer works with more than 110 retailers nationally; representing more than 10,000 stores, and operates the largest grocery ad platform in the nation.
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.Hunter Robinson, 904-783-5153 or 904-571-6052 (cell)Mediarelations@winn-dixie.comorSt. John & PartnersPatrick McSweeney, 904-596-2085 or 904-923-4871 (cell)firstname.lastname@example.org
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