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These days, no brand decisions are made without data. Information is at the center of the marketing universe, and transforming raw data points into knowledge, strategy, and a set of measurable marketing objectives is the ultimate goal for any brand manager. The “What’s In Your Basket” series is specially designed to demonstrate to brands and agencies the robust data collection and marketing analysis that is possible with receipt processing. We’ll help make sense of how to implement data strategically and effectively; each blog will share real data and a receipt analysis from our ever-expanding collection of receipts across our programs.

Average Spend Per Customer Visit


The chart above shows the average spend per customer visit for some of the largest retailers in the US. In addition to giving us an idea of how spending patterns vary by retailer, the average spend is extremely useful in determining the “pull” of a particular promotion; if a particular customer’s receipt total is significantly less than the average spend for that retailer (and the particular item constitutes a large share of the total basket spend) then its safe to assume the customer came into the store specifically for that program.

From the chart above, we can see how type of retailer affects overall spend:

  • Large wholesale club-style retailers see the highest spending (Sam’s Club and Costco shoppers spend about $160 per trip) while When consumers go to these stores, they often make a concerted effort to stock up and save on a large array of products.
  • Supermarkets and discount stores, represented largely in the middle, have an average spend of between $45 and $90 per visit.
  • Convenience stores and pharmacies are at the other end of the scale; consumers don’t spend nearly as much here (CVS and Walgreens shoppers spend around $20 per trip).

The spend within a retailer type is just as informative:

  • Walmart’s average spend per visit is almost 50% greater than Target, which is its next biggest competitor in the discount store space.
  • Certain regional supermarkets (HEB, Market Basket, Meijer) are doing significantly better than national chains on an average spend per visit basis
  • Not surprisingly, the spend at deep discount stores like Dollar General is significantly lower than average

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