Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Chains >
Jan 28, 2014 10:20 AM

Trader Joe's new app

Just downloaded it today. It's not much so far, but I have high hopes for a shopping list feature. What else would you like to see?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I'd love to see special or new items available in my store on there.

    1 Reply
    1. re: carolinadawg

      They do have new or featured items but not store specific, not many, at this point.

    2. For my fellow Android users, the app is "soon" to be forthcoming. In the meantime, you can gather more details here:

      1. I'm trying to figure out the point of the app. They were promoting it in the store today but I still don't get it.

        3 Replies
        1. re: fldhkybnva

          It is pretty limited. I'm hoping it grows into something more.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            My sentiments exactly... What's the point of it? I've explored every nook of it and still don't know what it DOES.

            1. re: ohmyyum

              All i could figure is that is "does" suck memory from my phone for an app that isn't actually useful!!

          2. Here's what I want -

            1. I'd like it to have a list of every product that they sell, with the price, and the ability to select from the list to create a personal shopping list. I'd also like it to store all of the items from my previous shopping lists so that I can quickly select from my regular items.

            2. I'd like the ability to post ratings and reviews for each product, Yelp-style, so that I can see which products are most highly rated and why.

            That's all! Seems easy - I hope they take my suggestions. =)

            7 Replies
            1. re: aching

              This plus whether they have it in my local store!

              1. re: aching

                I wish they would allow for rating of there products but would be a little surprised if they opened themselves up to negative comments. How helpful though would it be for them to know the negative comments regarding a particular item so that they can make a judgment whether to keep a product on their shelves!

                1. re: littleflower

                  You can do both. If you open one of the featured products, like the heart shaped Neufchatel cheese, they have as of now 117 "hearts" and 13 comments. You have to sign in to leave comments or ratings.

                  1. re: Leepa

                    Ah, good to know. I am looking forward to being able to use it once they make it compatible for other devices.

                2. re: aching

                  Easier said than done. Each region has access to different products/price points and each store has the option of carrying items or not. Also, items change out so frequently it would take a good sized team in each region to keep on top of things.

                  I wish they waited until all platforms were supported and it actually did something useful. Kinda embarrassing on Launch Day when folks were treated to App-etizers (groan) and they wanted us to talk it up but didn't explain what it did.

                  1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                    But each store must have a computerized inventory system, right? So, in theory, if they connected the app to their inventory system and the app user selected which store they wanted to shop at, it shouldn't be any additional effort for them - and it would be so cool for us!

                    1. re: aching

                      They must, because they are always willing to look something up for you when you ask for something that's missing on the shelf. Then they disappear into the back room and report that it'll be there tomorrow morning or that afternoon. If the app told me that ahead of time, I would just come in then. Their ordering system is terrible because I always shop first thing in the morning and they are always out of stuff. The worst is that they cover up the spot with other product instead of just leaving the spot so you can see right away that it's out of stock.

                3. Comments and suggestions regarding the app can be sent here:

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Leepa

                    Got a response to my suggestions. It won't hurt to make your own!

                    "Thanks for trying out our app, and thanks for the helpful & constructive feedback. As you can see, our App is definitely in its infancy, so your suggestions are particularly helpful at this stage in the game. We will definitely take your comments into consideration, and we hope you will continue to use it as we slowly but surely continue to improve it."