Central Department Store launches “Central Smart Shopper”, the first application in the world


Central Department Store launches “Central Smart Shopper”, the first application in the world to help users stay in the know about deals and promotions from more than twenty banks and companies for a more convenient and value saving shopping experience


Bangkok, May 31, 2016: Central Department Store partners with credit card companies to create a new chapter in retail history in the digital age, introducing “Central Smart Shopper”, the first application in the world to help users shop more conveniently by calculating promotions from every credit card company. More than 10 million baht has been invested into studying consumer behavior before developing this app. More than 100,000 downloads are expected by the end of this year, and the app aims to draw the new generation to come shop at Central, increasing the percentage of 80%.


Executive Vice President for Marketing of Central Department Store Piyawan Leelasompop talks about the origin of the “Central Smart Shopper” and How has always had joint promotions with credit cards throughout the year, and more than 70% of its customers (based on spending per year) make their purchases using credit cards. Sales Staff are often asked “Which credit card companies are offering the best deal?”, and this question inspired the development of this app.


“We can confidently say that the development of the ‘Central Smart Shopper’ is the first in Thailand, and this is the first app of its kind in the world. It has been designed to help users calculate which credit card is offering the best deal at the time. This application was no bought readymade. Two years were spent developing this app specifically and exclusively for our customer with a cost of more than Baht 10 million in total.”


Piyawan continued that the main purpose of the application is to offer a service that customers that makes their credit card spending more convenient, as well as to facilitate them in their decision making process. It also helps Central’s staff to offer information about promotions and credit card point redemptions instantly. This app also supports our credit card partners. No credit card company has an application like this, so the Central Smart Shopper is the first application in the retail industry to bring together promotions and offers by every credit card company in one app.

To date, we have partnered with more than 20 banks and companies to make sure that this app offers the most comprehensive list of deals so that our customers can make the most use out of their credit card.”


Benefits of the Central Smart Shopper application

  1. It brings together all promotions from every credit card in one app and helps calculate the amount users will have to pay if they use the credit cards they have, listed from the best privileges to the least, with information on discounts, credit back, reward points, and vouchers to make sure customers get the best deal when using their credit cards at Central.


  1. The app is simple, fast and easy to use. It runs on both iOS and Android, and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. Simply key in the branch you are shopping at, and the amount of your purchase and the app will calculate which credit card has the best deal.
  2. The app is free of charge, and always be.
  3. The app offers the best deals to customers and helps them decide better.


“After the official launch of the app, we expect that in the first three months, there will be more than 40,000 downloads, and to reach 100,000 users by the end of this year. We also expect that this app will help the new generation of young credit card shoppers to Central, increasing their volume from 70% to 80%.”


The launch of this new application by Central Department Store is a new milestone in the history of retail as no department store in the world has ever done this.


Download “Central Smart Shopper” for free today on the App Store and Google Play by searching for Central Smart Shopper or by scaning  the QR Code provided on out advertisements. You will receive 100 points from The 1 Card instantly when downloading the app before July 31,2016.

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