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CAC launches app to compare gas, grocery prices

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 5:11 PM
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Floyd Green (left), shopping with Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Dolsie Allen, while she uses the CAC mobile app to compare prices inside John R. Wong Supermarket in New Kingston on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Contributed photo

Consumers can now see the cost of petrol at gas stations across Jamaica with the use of a new mobile app launched by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC).

The app shows users where gas stations are located, the distance the user is away from various gas stations and gas prices at stations registered with the CAC.

The CAC Jamaica app, which can now be downloaded through the Google Play Store, was launched at the John R. Wong Supermarket in New Kingston on Wednesday.

“This app will help you (drivers) to make a real-time adjustment and assessment if it worth your travel. This is one of the exciting features of the app. Not only does it give you the petrol prices with the gas stations that are close, not only does it give you a section to make a comparison, but it also gives you the direction to get to the petrol station with Google Maps,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Floyd Green.

Information Technology Manager at CAC, Andrew Evelyn, gave a brief overview of how the app works in relation to checking gas prices.

“We’ll be having petrol price information on our app. It will give you the petrol gas station closest to you based on the GPS information stored in your mobile device. You will be able to get the cheapest gas station on it, you will see how far away the gas station is, the directions to the gas station and other features,” he told JIS News.

“Not only that, the app will give you grocery prices. You will be able to compare grocery prices at different supermarkets in your immediate area,” Evelyn added.

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