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Tesco set to launch first transactional mobile app

Tesco is launching its first transactional mobile app next week on mainstream handset Nokia Ovi Store.

The app will let shoppers browse a full store and update their shopping lists.

Tesco is launching on the mainstream platform first to target its core customers – mums. It will then seek to roll out to other products, such as the iPhone.

Nick Lansley, head of R&D, said: “Our core customers are busy mums who don’t have iPhones and we want to focus on them first.”

Marks & Spencer tapped into mobile commerce in May, allowing customers to browse and buy 24,000 products, including clothing, from their mobile. has also formed a development team to bolster its mobile services and extend its strategy beyond the smartphone market before the end of the year.

Angela Maurer, head of web and mobile development at, said, “We’re launching our first transactional mobile app on the Nokia Ovi Store. We cross-referenced our research with Nokia’s and found a lot of crossover between its core customers and ours.”


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