Defence Discount Service News

Armed Forces Day 2017 Liverpool

Armed Forces Day 2017 Liverpool

Defence Discount Service had a great Armed Forces Day this year at the national Armed Forces Day event in Liverpool.   Thousands of people flocked to Liverpool today to celebrate national Armed Forces Day 2017 and the DDS Team got to meet many of our members face to face.

The day of fun began at 11am as our service men and women - along with veterans - marched from St George’s Hall and through the city centre.  They headed towards the Pier Head , where the Red Arrows flew past over the city waterfront.

Events and demonstrations then took place across the Armed Forces Day site at Albert Dock, with personnel putting on displays for the public and welcoming the public around some of their equipment.

To run in line with this years event Defence Discount Service continued with its Win Big Competition, which saw one lucky winner win over £4000 worth of prizes including a cruise for two, free gym membership, a washing machine, England Football Tickets, Unlimited Cinema for a year and more.

Armed Forces Day 2017 at Toby

Armed Forces Day 2017 at Toby

Armed Forces Day is coming, and Toby Carvery restaurants are set to mark the day by offering a free meal.

Men and women who have represented the Army, Navy and the Royal Air Force can claim a free carvery or breakfast at the chain on Saturday 24th June 2017 by showing their MOD90 or Defence Privilege Card.

Members of the military who aren't able to redeem their free meal on Armed Forces Day can attend the Veteran's Breakfast Club every day in the week leading up to Saturday where they can enjoy a breakfast for £1.

Toby Carvery's Martin Gosling said: "Armed Forces Day is a brilliant opportunity to show our thanks for the work both serving and ex-military have done for our country.

"We are proud to support our troops and can't think of a better way to thank all those involved than by giving them a roast dinner on us."

In base cinema screening a success...

In base cinema screening a success...

Members of the Armed Forces enjoyed watching the latest Jack Reacher movie, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back this week, thanks to Defence Discount Service.  Prior to the films release on Blu Ray and DVD, on the 27th February, troops enjoyed screenings at their bases to celebrate the release.  60 lucky Defence Discount Service members also attended an exclusive VIP screening of the film at Universal Picture (UK)'s private screening room in London.

Tom Dalby from Defence Discount Service said "This has been a great opportunity and with Jack Reacher having an ex-military background it was a great fit for our audience.  We have had some great feedback from members that watched the film and it is definitely a must watch"

New DDS App launched

New DDS App launched

The new version of the Defence Discount Service app has now entered stores and is available for download.  The Defence Discount Service App is a free app available for iPhone and Android, to help you shop from the comfort of your own home and whilst out on the high street.  We have used member feedback to keep the great features of the existing app whilst ironing out some of the issues from the previous version.

The new app has been built with the user in mind, bringing all functionality on to one screen rather than having a pull out side menu.  Users can quickly and easily find everything you want right from the main screen. Time sensitive offers appear at the top, your virtual card and offers near me underneath. Collections of offers are a touch away underneath followed by multiple rows of companies each with offers. Extra features are positioned at the bottom. It is both visually stunning and beautifully simple.

Highlights

• Search - all search features are now in a single screen. We have a new 'Search by Phrase' option, 'Companies' showing an alphabetically ordered list with quick filter and 'Search by Category' which helps you find companies and offers grouped together.
• Near Me - we have made this even easier, which is hard as it is one of the most used features. There was always a list view, but it was hard to spot - so we made it really easy.
• Favourites - now much easier to use and simple to understand, you can even change their order.
• Offer improvements - we have tweaked how we display each offer, for time limited offers we show an expiry caption that is easy to understand, for all offers we colour code and show the type of offer like High Street & Online. For offers you are likely to use in person we automatically add a quick access to your Virtual Card if you have one.
• Redeeming online offers - we have added a mini-browser with back and forward buttons so you do not accidentally come off the screen entirely (we understand how annoying that can be).
• Privilege card - you can get one of these directly inside the app and for members that have one we have a virtual card inside the app that you can swipe to rotate in 3D, careful, it is addictive.
• Notifications - we will keep you informed of select offers, plus when we need update you about your account.
• Suggestions - we really value your ideas and your help in pointing out issues we may not yet be aware of - so we have added features in the app for you to quickly share them with us. This really is the fastest way to get things fixed or improved.

Armed Forces motoring discounts

Armed Forces motoring discounts

Motorfinity has been launched to Defence Discount Service offering members seamless access to the best motoring deals available and it will oversee all motoring brands seeking to offer a special discount for members. Motorfinity attracts offers from suppliers, negotiating the best rates for members with no additional fees, providing a centralised contact point as well as an oversight/customer service function. Working closely with multiple suppliers and car manufacturers Motorfinity has a close connection and a deep understanding of the market, offers and services available. We are very excited to have established this relationship that will provide a unique service and advantageous offering for the benefit of DDS members.

Daniel Briggs, Managing Director said: “Attracting support for the UKs armed forces personnel and veterans community from vehicle manufacturers and suppliers has been central to the Motorfinity offering and we are very proud to have established a broad range of manufacturers offering big discounts for Defence Discount Service members. Our fundamental principles of sourcing the lowest prices with no additional fees for members combined with the best customer service underpins all that we do”.