National Cooperative Bank is proud to participate in the launch of CooperateUSA, a newly launched mobile app providing consumers with access to 29,000 US cooperatives in a variety of industries. Developed in partnership with the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and Co-operatives UK, the CooperateUSA will provide shoppers with information on local, member-owned businesses in their communities at a touch of a button through the app and online directory.
CooperateUSA.coop and the CooperateUSA app are free resources that provide access to cooperatives in industries including credit unions and financial service, grocery and consumer goods, healthcare, childcare, housing, transportation, utilities and more. Currently the app features 29,000 businesses, and that number continues to grow as more cooperatives join the list.
“NCB is thrilled to be a part of the CooperateUSA mobile app,” stated Charles E. Snyder, President and CEO of NCB. “Many people shop at cooperatives and purchase co-op products every day without knowing much about cooperatives. This tool helps build awareness of this successful business model and makes it easier than ever for consumers to live cooperatively.”
The CooperateUSA mobile app is free for consumers on the Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and offers a variety of features including:
- Locator that makes it easy to find 29,000 US co-ops by location, industry or product type
- Gaming features that tally points for cooperative activities and award prizes and discounts
- Timely updates that keep you informed about cooperative news, events and local offers
- Education on how co-ops are impacting job creation, affordable housing, healthy food access & worker empowerment
In addition to the mobile app, the partnership also developed The CooperateUSA.coop, an online directory that provides a co-op locator to search local and national member-owned businesses, as well as basic information and web links to each one. The new site also features current news about cooperatives, cooperative development information and other facts about this sector across the US.