Martin Lewis urges Sainsbury’s to rethink Nectar dual card system

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Martin Lewis is urging one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets to change one of its offerings this week.

The MoneySavingExpert has warned that Sainsbury’s plan could force shoppers to needlessly visit its stores despite coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Martin – who has his own money-counseling program on ITV called the Martin Lewis Money Show – took to the grocery chain directly in an article on its website.

Sainsbury’s is considered one of the ‘big four’ UK supermarkets, along with Tesco – the UK’s largest grocer – Asda and Morrisons.

‘Sainsbury’s really shouldn’t need to be told that’

Martin is aiming at Sainsbury’s double-up program for Nectar card holders.

This promotion allows customers to increase their Nectar Points – which can be used as discounts for future purchases – when they purchase certain items from Sainsbury’s.

However, points earned in this system cannot be used online, which could “put people’s health at risk” by forcing them to go to supermarkets during the coronavirus pandemic.

Martin Lewis urged Sainsbury’s to change the deal
(Image: ITV)

Martin said: “Sainsbury’s urgently needs to rethink its double-up system.

“While its supermarkets are open, it is perverse to allow redemptions only in stores, and only for a week in full lockdown for most of the population.

“It really shouldn’t need to be said. Many people wait and keep their Nectar Points for use during the double time period before Christmas.

“Forcing them to go to a store now, rather than spending peacefully and safely via the web, is simply putting people’s health at risk for no reason.

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Sainsbury’s Response

Sainsbury’s first responded to Martin Lewis by saying that it would not change the pattern.

However, the supermarket chain subsequently updated its response.

“We are reviewing this promotion in light of the latest government guidelines and will keep everyone updated,” a spokesperson said.

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