Mountain Equipment Co-op releases iPhone app so you can buy camping gear while camping

Mountain Equipment Co-op is better known to Canadians as a store than a community centre, but anyone who makes a purchase pays $5 towards a lifetime membership. This allows those interested to vote on decisions that affect the direction of the company. Today, MEC has over 3.5 million members and over $250 million in annual revenue.

As with any successful business venture, the company looked to the mobile space to increase its reach and, hopefully, profit. MEC, in partnership with Toronto-based Xtreme Labs, has released its first mobile app, Shop MEC, for iPhone.

As one would expect, the app allows members to browse various categories, add items to their cart or wishlist, and order when satisfied. It has a clean-and-green interface, and items can be filtered based on category, price and brand. There is a list of stores across Canada (15 in all), with map directions, hours of operation and phone numbers.

You do have to be a member to make purchases or add items to the Wish List, but browsing can be performed without any commitment. No word on an Android version, but we’ve reached out to the company for more information.

Download Shop MEC for iPhone.