GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital coupon use is at an all-time high with more than 2 million Meijer shoppers now subscribed to the free mPerks program, and Meijer has made significant investments to make digital savings easier for its customers.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer now has free Wi-Fi capability in all its stores, making it easier for customers to access their mPerks accounts and the Meijer mobile app, freeing up their smartphone data plans for other uses.
"Our customers are relying on digital tools more than ever as they shop, which is why we're constantly providing them with resources to enhance their shopping experience," said Michael Ross, vice president of customer marketing and emerging technology. "And, now with free Wi-Fi in our stores, we're offering an additional cost savings because our customers no longer have to use their data plans while shopping."
The retailer's open Wi-Fi network gives its savvy, deal-seeking mPerks subscribers the opportunity to easily review and clip digital coupons while in the store.
Growth in the retailer's mPerks digital coupon program has been steep, surpassing 2 million subscribers last month – just one year after hitting the 1 million subscriber milestone. In December alone, the program generated more than 129,000 new members, nearly 31 million clipped offers, and $12.6 million in savings issued to customers. The program has a redemption rate up to four times higher than the national average.
The retailer attributes the program's success to a variety of recent enhancements, including a new mPerks website; personalized, baby and pharmacy rewards; and offers bundled by theme that have created new ways for the customer to save.
The Wi-Fi investment also helps the nearly 650,000 Meijer mobile app users to conveniently manage their entire shopping trip. The Meijer app is available as a free download for iPhone and Android smartphones through Apple Inc.'s App Store and the Android Market, and has many popular features, including:
- View and clip digital coupons with the mPerks program
- Create and check off items on a shopping list
- Browse sale items and save to shopping list
- Earn total purchase savings from Personalized, Pharmacy and Baby Reward programs
- Receive maps to a nearby Meijer store
- Search and find products on a store map
"We're pleased that so many of our customers are taking advantage of the time- and money-saving resources we have in place," Ross said. "We're dedicated to finding solutions to enhance their shopping experience."
About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the "one-stop shopping" concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968