Today, most consumers pull out their credit cards to pay for groceries and other household necessities, rather than cash or a check. However, one grocery store will make it even more difficult for some shoppers in the near future. Two bans are on the horizon.
Most people are aware of the latest change with Kroger banning Visa, but Kroger has decided to ban yet another thing from its store.
If you are unfamiliar with the Visa ban, let us provide you a brief synopsis for you. Kroger, like most merchants, despises paying for credit card fees, which typically range from 1 percent to 3 percent.
According to "USA Today," retailers pay an estimate of $90 billion in swipe fees annually. Kroger has stopped accepting Visa credit cards in select stores all across California and plans to gradually expand the ban at other stores.
Kroger has decided to add another ban to their stores; however, many consumers are on board with this one, unlike the Visa ban.
If you shop at Kroger or know someone who does, you'll want to stick around for this because they will be demanding you inherit a new habit before entering the store.
Kroger, which operates nearly 2,800 grocery stores under a mixture of banner names, says that it will require their customers to bring in their own reusable grocery bags. The retail giant plans to phase out single-use plastic grocery bags across all stores by 2025.
The Seattle-based QFC retailer says the following in a statement:
“As part of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment, we are phasing out use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags and transitioning to reusable bags in our stores by 2025,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations.”
Also, according to their statement, "Some estimates suggest that 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year."
"Currently, less than five percent of plastic bags are recycled annually in America, and single-use plastic bags are the fifth-most common single-use plastic found in the environment by magnitude," the statement continued.
At this time, Kroger says that it plans to accept and review their customer's feedback, along with non-governmental organizations throughout this entire transition.
What About Brown Paper Bags?
According to "The Associated Press," brown paper bags will be available for free, Kroger says that their goal is to fully transition to reusable bags. Reusable bags will be available to purchase at their stores for $1 to $2 a piece.
According to a poll conducted by Clark Howard, 61 percent of consumers say they would like to help save the environment by Kroger banning single-use plastic bags. However, 39 percent of consumers say that they do not agree with this decision and appreciate the convenience of single-use plastic bags.
Do you support Kroger's decision to phase out single-use plastic bags? Let us know your thoughts!