Digital coupon distribution is ramping up quickly, according to an analysis by Minneapolis-based Marx, a Kantar Media division.  On websites monitored by Marx, which include those of several large supermarket and drug store chains, digital coupon “events” increased by 30.5% through the first nine months of 2012, compare with year-ago coupon distribution.  More than 681 manufacturers have distributed digital coupon offers on these websites this year from January through September, an increase of 15.2% vs. the same period in 2011.  Food categories represented 50.9% of digital coupons, led by dry grocery, with 25.7% (up 1.6 points over a year ago).  Marx also examined visits to the coupon areas of retailer websites, and found that even though Walmart.com boasted 58.2 million unique visits in September – vs. 36,8 million at Target.com – visits to its online coupon area were only about one-third of those to Target.

Digital Coupon Use Up 30.5%

Source: Supermarket News