In today's hyper-competitive retail environment, simply offering discounts on purchases is no longer enough, says the SPAR group.

Today's shoppers crave instant gratification, personalisation and value experiences as much as discounts.

According to the group, its programme was born from a profound understanding of evolving consumer needs, and it was quick to identify the growing desire for immediate rewards.

The successful always-on promotional programme goes beyond price cuts and builds excitement and engagement through campaigns, competitions and a variety of 'instant win' promotions — including instant free shopping and even cash wins at the till, says the group.

This is something that has resonated with today's value-conscious consumer, the group adds.

"In addition, during challenging times, like the peak of Covid-19 when customers were facing financial difficulties, we adjusted our instant wins to assist where the needs were greatest. For instance, we gave away free bags of Maizemeal when customers spent a certain amount, addressing their immediate needs and reinforcing our commitment to serving our communities," says Mpudi Maubane, national PR, communications and sponsorships manager at the SPAR Group.

SPAR says that promotions such as free shopping, grand cash giveaways, seasonal promotions and even the Win a Car giveaways are all accessible through the SPAR Rewards programme.

"Signing up is easy and participation is simple," says Maubane. "For us, inclusivity is key and, in most cases, shoppers need only to purchase a participating product in-store and swipe their SPAR Rewards card. This single action unlocks a world of potential instant wins, making the promotions, and the wins, accessible to all."

As an example, SPAR's recent Grand Cash Giveaway saw R5-million in cash prizes awarded instantly at the tills to 5 000 customers.

"This promotion, along with the upcoming Win A Car and countless others, highlights SPAR's dedication to putting money directly back into customers' pockets, a strategy that is important to alleviate the financial burdens for loyal customers, especially in today’s challenging economic climate," adds Maubane.

According to the group, consumer expectations are continuously changing, and the adaptability of loyalty programmes to remain relevant is essential for brands to be successful in keeping consumers engaged with products and services.

SPAR says that this adaptability extends to the use of data analytics. The retailer continuously leverages its tools to refine and optimise its offers. By analysing customer behaviour and feedback, SPAR tailors its product deals, partnerships and promotions to better meet the needs and preferences of shoppers and stay ahead of evolving consumer trends.

"In the space of eight short years, we've already seen a significant shift from generic loyalty points and coupons to a demand for personalised experiences, but today's consumers are also looking for engagements and attributes that better resonate with their individual needs. The SPAR Group will not stop innovating as we drive enhanced shopper experiences and customer satisfaction," Maubane concludes.

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