AdAge reports that Groupon, together with two Boston marketing-services and analytics firms, has just announced its first partnership with a U.S. grocery chain, to introduce its first full traditional grocery integration using a loyalty card system.
Massachusetts-based grocery chain Big Y will start offering deals wherein users can use their loyalty cards to conduct the transaction instead of having to print out a Groupon certificate to redeem the deal.
By entering their Big Y Express Saving Club number on the Groupon site at checkout, the deal is automatically loaded onto their accounts, which can redeemed at any Big Y branch.
The daddy of group-buying sites is working together with HaloEffect, a Boston marketing firm, and Incentive Targeting, a Cambridge-based promotion analytics and software firm.
Tom Schneider, president of HaloEffect, said in a statement:
“U.S. consumers spend $550 billion annually on groceries, and CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies spend $35 billion annually on marketing and promotion. This partnership has the potential to revolutionize the grocery-marketing landscape.”
Ben Sprecher, VP-marketing of Incentive Targeting, said “other retailers and packaged-goods companies are expected to participate in similar deals in the weeks ahead.”