Kroger offers digital currency coupons for $1 and up
Kroger announced it will offer digital currency coupon codes for $10, $20, $50, and $100 at select stores, restaurants, and online stores beginning Tuesday.
The coupon codes will be valid for two weeks, and will be accepted at select locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
The codes can be used in store, online, and on a mobile device.
Kroger is one of the few retail businesses that has taken steps to offer digital coupons, and the move will allow customers to pay for items with the new codes.
Krogers spokesperson Melissa DeMuro told Mashable the company is not offering the coupon codes to everyone, and only to people who are authorized to receive them by the company.
She also said the codes were not tied to Kroger’s loyalty program, and that they were not linked to its loyalty rewards program.
“We think this is a great idea and a great way to promote digital loyalty,” DeMurdo said.
“These coupons are great for people who don’t have the time or the inclination to use a credit card.
They’re a great deal and a very simple way to get some cash into your wallet.”
Kroger has been criticized for its policy of not allowing its loyalty program users to pay with cash.
The company recently changed its loyalty policy to allow users to buy goods and services with their loyalty points and then redeem them for a free meal, but it remains unclear how many of its loyalty members use the program.
However, Kroger did not disclose how many members are in the program, nor how many were eligible for the $1,000-per-month coupon.
Kroggers loyalty program has been plagued with complaints about fraud and fraudulent activity.
In July, Kroggering said it had discovered more than 400 fraudulent accounts linked to credit card swiping scams.
The number of fraud complaints that Kroger received in the past three months was almost double that number in July, according to the company’s statement.
The chain has also faced criticism for not allowing some of its members to purchase food from Kroger.
Krobergers first-ever loyalty program was launched in January 2016, and its first-time sign-up customers were only able to pay $50 to get a coupon code and receive a free one-day shipping voucher.
In May, the chain said it would allow customers who sign up for the program to redeem up to $1 in cash for one-off, first-year shipping, but not to use the code to buy food.
It was unclear if Kroger would allow the new coupons to be used on its loyalty programs, and whether it would continue to offer them for $5, $10 and $50 coupons.
In June, Krogers announced that it would be launching a loyalty program for its loyalty points, but the program is still in the testing phase.
Krogers initial plan was to launch the program in 2018, but this month, the company said it will now launch the loyalty program in 2020.