Attention Walmart Shoppers!!!
As of September 1st Walmart has made some changes to their internal coupon policy and register systems.
These changes are fine print details inside Walmart’s current policy so they probably won’t show up on their Public Walmart Coupon Policy, but these little detail changes have the potential to cause some problems and so rather than find out at the cash register read over the changes that Paul from I Heart The Mart listed out below…
Walmart Coupon Policy Changes:
1. All Walmart Register systems have updated to accept the GS1 Date bar Codes.
2. All coupons must now be scanned on the flatbed scanners, the handheld scanners are not allowed to be used any longer.
3. The coupon must scan (not be a new change). Cashiers/CSM’s or Managers are not allowed to override or manually enter coupons. – If a coupon does not scan they are instructed to return the coupon to you. This applies to Printable Coupons and newspaper insert coupons.
Here are a few major reasons for these changes:
1. Coupon Fraud
The average dollar amount of coupon fraud per Walmart location has been as high as $10,000 per month. This number doesn’t seem like a huge number for a store that does millions of dollars in sales, but it comes right off of the profit margin. There are nearly 4,000 Walmart Stores in the US, if you take the number of stores by the average amount of fraud the numbers get as high as $40,000,000 per month.
2. Employee Coupon Fraud
There have been several stories about massive scale coupon fraud being perpetrated on Walmart stores by their own employees.
3. Coupon Bar Decoding
Another form of coupon fraud, the old bar codes had a lot of info that could be deciphered and used on products that they were not intended for. The new GS1 bar codes will eliminate that.
So How Does This Affect You?
This can be a negative and a positive- The decisions have been taken out of cashiers hands, the computer now determines all. If the coupons scan they take it, if not they don’t. This will hopefully severely reduce the amount of fraud and eventually lead to the return of higher value coupons.
The best tip to avoid problems at the register is to be sure that All Printable Coupons are printed at the highest quality. They don’t have to be color but they should be the best quality available.
All and all, these Walmart policy changes shouldn’t be too big of a challenge – as long as there’s no fraud involved and you’ve got good quality coupons you should be set to go!
What are your thoughts on these changes? Good for Walmart? Too quick on the trigger?
Most importantly, how do you think these changes will affect you and your shopping habits?