Online sample sale site Gilt Groupe, is debuting its free iPad app today, letting users access its flash sales directly from the device. Gilt Groupe’s sales on luxury goods on its properties, including Gilt, Gilt Fuse, and Gilt Man, can all be accessed directly from the app.
The app allows you to receive real-time sale alerts, check upcoming sales and receive an instant Gilt membership when you download the app. The app’s shopping cart, that is always visible, allows members to quickly touch and drag desired items into their cart.
The flash sales model has proven to be a successful business for Gilt, which only launched in 2007. The New York Times reported last fall that that Gilt Groupe, co-founded by a former eBay executive, was able to bring in $25 million in it’s first year of operation. And according to The Business Insider, Gilt was expect to bring in $150 million in sales in 2009. The site has over 1.6 million members and recently raised an estimated $40 million in funding last July, which valued the company at $400 million.