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SOOOOOOOOOOOOO…….they came up with a solution! Change the UPC codes!
Instead of the small Single code — they had a “transition code” with BOTH UPCs on it while registers were supposed to be updated across the nation.
NOW, when you print one, you see a single LONG code that covers ALL the info on the coupon, besides “family code”. It has info like:
- Specific varieties
- No Trial Sizes
- Certain Stores Only
- Expiration Date
- Not to double if the coupon says “Do Not Double”
- Only 4 per transaction
And more ALL built into it — to make sure the consumers are actually following the correct intent of the coupon.
You may be like me and find that some stores are either behind the times or have not upgraded and may be required to manually enter the coupon or not accept the coupon at all. (Both of which are always up to the Manager’s discretion.)
-Walmart in Sun Prairie is one of those great examples — it doesn’t read them yet and EACH one had to be OK’d by a CSM. (ugh!)
The plus side?
This will cut out a lot of the coupon fraud.
The bad side?
It may take awhile for all registers to be operational and you may have a little delay when checking out.