CLINTON — Clinton IGA may be a small town grocery store but it’s keeping up with the times…and technology.
The local IGA has added a mobile app for shoppers to find discounts, coupons, freebies and shopping lists, all at the touch of a smartphone.
“These are changing times,” said owner Mike Chapman. “And we want Clinton IGA to be one of the leaders in new technology in our community.”
The new mobile app may be downloaded for free from the iTunes app store or Google Play app store. When users register with their name and email on the app, they will immediately receive a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase, a new free item each week with a nominal purchase, manufacturer coupons, and recurring rewards for shopping at Clinton IGA.
“When you show the cashier your card on your mobile device, all your purchases will be tallied and when you reach $500, you’ll receive a coupon on your app the very next day for $5 off your next purchase.”
Chapman reminds shoppers to scan their barcode with every purchase because the dollars continue to add up. In addition, shoppers can scan items at home with the app and then add them to their shopping list.
“It’s pretty slick,” said Chapman, who added while he is not particularly tech-savvy, he has found the app to be very user-friendly.
“People of all ages have smart phones now,” he said.
For those who don’t have smartphones, Chapman has made the same benefits available on his website, www.clinton.iga.com, when shoppers register with their name and email address.
“When shoppers create an account on our website, they’ll have a personal barcode,” explained Chapman. “They just need to add the items they want to redeem to their list and print out the barcode and bring it with them. They receive the same discounts, the same deal of the week, coupons, special offers and even the ability to create shopping lists simply by using the website and printing out the barcodes.”
Of course, anyone who needs assistance is encouraged to ask.
“Customer service is a top priority at Clinton IGA,” said Chapman. “We’ll help shoppers add the app to their smartphone or show them how to use any of these features.”
Another new feature at the full-service grocery store is a $1 aisle. From dish soap to paper products to personal hygiene items, aisle 7A is lined with 55 feet of five shelves packed with only $1 items.
“We want to help the community by offering low ticket options,” explained Chapman, “so I looked at a lot of products until we found ones that met our quality product standards. Our customers are used to quality and we never want to disappoint them—even with $1 items.”
Clinton IGA staff is happy to help, not only with the new technology they’re offering, but also with any grocery needs or special requests its customers may have, he said.
“We’re here to support the people of Clinton and our surrounding communities,” said Chapman. “If anyone has any questions or concerns, please ask us.”