Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


New App to Warn Consumers

New App to Warn Consumers

CHRISTCHURCH, 4th February, 2013

A free smartphone app is being launched today to help warn consumers about dodgy products.

The Product Recalls app has been developed by Christchurch company Mogeo and provides a real- time list of product recalls being overseen by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The app also helps users to report an issue.

In 2012 there were 22 food recalls and 68 consumer product recalls ranging from a child carrier seat to a cordless kettle.

“Any additional ways to notify the public of recalls should be welcomed” says Martin Rushton, Principal Advisor for the Measurement and Product Safety Service at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

“Notifying customers of product recalls can be a challenging task. While traditional channels such as newspapers advertisements are useful; for some smaller, cheaper product recalls, a company might be lucky to reach a significant of customers that have purchased the item.”

Managing Director of Mogeo, Adam Hutchinson states that “by using new technology and channels such as this free smartphone app, we hope it becomes easier for consumer to stay informed”.

“Companies have been more proactive in recalling faulty products in recent years. Most of these recalled products are due to poor or inadequate design, and can in some instances represent a real danger, especially baby and children’s products.” Hutchinson says.

With a global increase in the use of smartphones, it’s hoped that this can be one channel to assist in keeping consumers safer and informed about potential hazards.

To download the free app to your smartphone, visit either:

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mogeo.productrecalls.home iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/product-recalls-nz/id587084151?ls=1&mt=8

Or for 2013 users can text the word RECALLS to 5002 (texts are free) to get the links to the app stores. For more information visit www.productrecallsapp.co.nz/

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Tourism: China Southern Airlines To Fly To Christchurch

China Southern Airlines, in partnership with Christchurch Airport and the South Island tourism industry, has announced today it will begin flying directly between Guangzhou, Mainland China and the South Island. More>>

ALSO:

Dodgy: Truck Shops Come Under Scrutiny

Mobile traders, or truck shops, target poorer communities, particularly in Auckland, with non-compliant contracts, steep prices and often lower-quality goods than can be bought at ordinary shops, a Commerce Commission investigation has found. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Transport: Government, Council Agree On Funding Approach

The government and Auckland Council have reached a detente over transport funding, establishing a one-year, collaborative timetable for decisions on funding for the city's transport infrastructure growth in the next 30 years after the government refused to fund the $2 billion of short and medium-term plans outlined in Auckland's draft Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

Bullish On China Shock: Slumping Equities, Commodities May Continue, But Not A GFC

The biggest selloff in stock markets in at least four years, slumping commodity prices and a surge in Wall Street's fear gauge don't mean the world economy is heading for another global financial crisis, fund managers say. More>>

ALSO:

Real Estate: Investors Driving Up Auckland Housing Risk - RBNZ

The growing presence of investors in Auckland's property market is increasing the risks, and is likely to both amplify the housing cycle and worsen the potential damage from a downturn both to the financial system and the broader economy, said Reserve Bank deputy governor Grant Spencer. More>>

ALSO:

Annual Record: Overseas Visitors Hit 3 Million Milestone

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand surpassed 3 million for the first time in the July 2015 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. The record-breaking 3,002,982 visitors this year was 7 percent higher than the July 2014 year. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news