I had sent this email to my local Meijer several days ago in regards to bringing in my own bags to use.
I have been shopping your store for quite some time and I really would like to get your suggestions on how I could avoid using plastic or paper bags when purchasing my groceries. Neither of them are good for the environment. I would prefer to bring my own reusable bags or containers. I need to know how to approach this with the cashiers...do I just ask them to put everything back in the cart once its rung up?
I have to say that even to ask for paper bags in your store is no easy task. The store has been set up to utilize plastic on the little carousel and when you ask for paper the cashiers do not take too kindly to it. Its harder for them to bag in paper.
Please help me figure out a way to make this happen. Thanks, Marcee
Many days went by and I had heard nothing , so I sent them another email. Then today I received this. Along with a note apologizing for the delay. He had sent the same email previously, but to the wrong address.
Just to be sure . . . I checked with my service team leader. He told me that if you just lay the bags on the belt before your first item, the cashier will use them. In addition, you will receive a 5 cent per bag credit. I know 5 cents doesn’t sound like a lot . . . but it’s something! We don’t have a lot of customers who do this, but if you just mention to the cashier that you brought your own bags they should be able to help.
Thanks for the note, and for your business! If you ever have a question, comment, or concern, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the store.
Way cool, right?!! I sent this in return.
Thank you for taking the time to research this. I wish more people would consider doing this. Have you considered posting some information about it letting people know that it is an option and that you can receive a credit per bag? It may motivate more people to take part. As a customer, especially one that tries to be environmentally aware, that would draw me to your store even more.
Again, thanks for getting back to me. Communication like this makes shopping at your store an even better experience.
So, asking questions does pay off! (Even if it is only 5 cents a bag!) Whenever I turn down a bag at the store now, I feel so good and empowered. Every time I do it I know that I am making a difference for my kids as they grow older. They will be around a lot longer than me. The least I can do is try to make the world a little cleaner and safer. One person and one bag at a time.