Beth Schultz

We Know Better, But Still We Love Loyalty Cards

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First | Newest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 5   >   >>
bulk
User Rank
Data Doctor
Hate them
bulk   9/25/2013 2:12:14 PM
NO RATINGS
Personally I hate these cards, not because I give up info, but because they take up too much space in my wallet. I am looking forward to a digital verson I can keep on my phone and the shop can just scan the QR code. 

Alexis
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: Hate them
Alexis   9/25/2013 2:47:52 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree. CVS, for instance, will let you give a phone number instead of your card - but you can't access the instore coupons (in a kiosk) without the card. Very frustrating.

TalkerZ
User Rank
Prospector
Re: Hate them
TalkerZ   9/25/2013 2:49:37 PM
NO RATINGS
My objection at CVS are those mile-long receipts that using a loyalty card generates. Why can't the offers just be stored with your account and accessed automatically when you check out?

Ariella
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Hate them
Ariella   9/25/2013 2:54:50 PM
NO RATINGS
@TalkerZ that's been a point of contention for a long time. In the past, they have said, CVS  has claimed that customers like having the paper coupons, but now they have finally agreed to shorten them 25%.see http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/08/30/long-cvs-receipts-spark-social-media-sensation/VzQeVzNmBB3ECqy6vQtj1N/story.html) They have recently started emailing customers, and so they've been trying to get more email addresses from people coming into the store. I heard some cashiers discussing how many they managed to get that day. Perhaps they were promised some kind of incentive payment for it. 

BethSchultz
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Hate them
BethSchultz   9/25/2013 3:15:20 PM
NO RATINGS
Ah, but the ones I use most often -- for the grocery store -- don't require the physical card in hand. All you have to do is enter your phone number at the point-of-sale system. Alternatively, some stores offer the cards in mini versions you can slip onto a keychain. Those can come in handy, too.

Jeff
User Rank
Data Doctor
The rich get richer
Jeff   9/25/2013 4:17:02 PM
NO RATINGS
Yeah, my keychain is silly.  I have Starbucks, Qdoba and Giant Eagle (local grocery) on there.  Giant Eagle does a cool thing with GetGo gas stations. Buy food here and earn discounts on gas.  Though I almost lost my mind when the power went out while I'm filling up at 3.07 a gallon the other day.  Kid comes out and says he can discount me.  

 

What does my subject have to do with all this?  Well, nevermind the whole incident makes my kid late for karate and she has to do pushups for being late.  But then a kid whose rich daddy I used to work for pulls up in his new porshe while I'm stressing over my .40 per gallon.  Sorry for the whining but what are the odds?  Predict that!

tinym
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: Hate them
tinym   9/25/2013 11:21:27 PM
NO RATINGS
Hmm... let's make that list of loyalty cards. I have a few I like to use. I tend to decline signing up for new programs. Walgreen's is the newest program I joined.

Walgreen's Balance Rewards - I noticed retail prices on some items spike in the last two months. I blame the loyalty promotions.

GameStop - We seem to only buy used video games (a couple times a year). Buy 2, Get 1 free covers that. The cost of the pro card is easily saved in one trip.

MyCokeRewards - I've been a member since 2007 and gotten magazine subscriptions and t-shirts.

Carino's Pasta Points - I like getting free food with this program.

Papa John's pizza rewards - more free food here 

 

bulk
User Rank
Data Doctor
Re: Hate them
bulk   9/26/2013 3:42:10 AM
NO RATINGS
@Beth, 

I dislike the keychain version of the cards just as much. the realestate in my pockets is at a premium. I like to keep as few keys on my key ring as possible. normally just two, and I am working on dropping that number to just one. ;-) soon enough I will just have to carry my phone, or so I hope. 

BethSchultz
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Hate them
BethSchultz   9/26/2013 7:11:12 AM
NO RATINGS
So let's hope you never lose that phone!

BethSchultz
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Hate them
BethSchultz   9/26/2013 7:20:25 AM
NO RATINGS
Besides my grocery store cards (Dominick's & Mariano's), I really like the Target red debit card, with an automatic 5 percent off purchases. It's nice knowing that I'm getting a slight savings on anything I buy there, since I'd most likely be buying it there anyways. I also like programs that provide free shipping, as does the red card, too.

Page 1 / 5   >   >>
Information Resources
More Blogs from Beth Schultz
It's been a fun three years, but now it's time to say goodbye.
Take inspiration from Christopher Columbus as you pursue your analytical journeys.
The "big" in big data is no reflection of the size of the organization embracing its potential.
Whether you're an undergrad, a graduate student, or an analytics professional already, the same best-practices advice lives large.
Satellite data can help solve puzzles, from the lofty to the mundane.
Radio Show
A2 Conversations
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
How Analytics Can Transform State Government


5/17/2016  LISTEN   51
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Save Labor Costs With Predictive Analytics


5/10/2016  LISTEN   53
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
What the IoT Means to You and Your Insurer


5/6/2016  LISTEN   75
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
When It's Time for a Robot's Job Review


4/27/2016  LISTEN   21
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
How Advanced Analytics Serve Healthcare


4/12/2016  LISTEN   88
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Life in a World of Big Data, Autonomous Cars and IoT


3/17/2016  LISTEN   34
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Sports Analytics: Driving the Business Forward


3/10/2016  LISTEN   73
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
See How Data is Revolutionizing Healthcare


2/25/2016  LISTEN   78
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
Why Analytics are So Valuable in Cybersecurity


2/18/2016  LISTEN   47
ARCHIVE
James M. Connolly
The Analytics Job and Salary Outlook for 2016


1/28/2016  LISTEN   16
Information Resources
Quick Poll
Quick Poll
About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Help  |  Register  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  RSS