Would you like your receipt with you or in the bag? A question that might soon have a third option: Would you like your receipt emailed to you?
More businesses have stated to offer eReceipts to their customers as well as other "go green" measures in their stores. American Eagle, Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic are just a few stores that now offer their customers the option to either take a paper receipt home with them from the store, or have it emailed to their account. Representatives with The Gap told Pronews 7 it was not only a effort to cut back on paper usage, but also more convenient for their customers.
Other stores, like Lowe's Home Improvement Store, have also found alternative ways to start caring for the environment. Lowe's offers customers the option to register for their own "My Lowe's" card. The card allows customers to access all of their purchase records with the store, old receipts without ever worrying about keeping up with paper receipts or needing to bring them back into the store to return an item. Eventually, customers with the My Lowe's card might not even need to leave the store with a paper receipt -- it will all be stored online.
"When they register anytime they make a purchase the cashier will ask, do you have a My Lowe's card and then they will scan it," explained Lowe's SOS Credit Coordinator, Deanna Perez. "Customers, a lot of times, they can't keep up with receipts and like I said, it saves on paper. As far as 'going green', it's eliminating paper."
So, the next time you're posed with the question: "Would you like your receipt emailed to you?" If you answer yes, Mother Earth might thank you, but your inbox might not.