22.01-Stocard: a most useful fidelity cards App-2016-09-02

Is your wallet bulging with fidelity cards or do you leave some at home because you have too many? If so, you will really appreciate the Stocard smartphone App. It is available free both on Google Play and iTunes. It is a very simple App to install, learn and use. Once you have stored all your loyalty cards on your smartphone, you won’t need to carry them in your wallet anymore.

Another important benefit for all larger (5 inch+) smartphone users is that, if you buy the right smartphone/wallet case, you can eliminate the need to carry a wallet. This is how I found Stocard. My smartphone case needed to be replaced. After researching and finding the right combination smartphone/wallet case, I needed to dramatically reduce the number of cards I could carry due to limit the size I could carry. I found this one for my Samsung Note 3: ULAK Flip Wallet Case Stand on Amazon.com.

Case

This particular case allows me to carry 4-5 credit cards plus my unfolded dollar bills.

Using Stocard

It is very simple to install Stocard. Just go on Google Play or iTunes and download the Stocard App on your smartphone. Once installed, you need to load ALL your loyalty cards into the Stocard App, as shown below. Later, when you are at a checkout counter, you activate the Stocard App on your smartphone and select the loyalty card for this establishment. The barcode will appear on the screen. You show the screen to the cashier who will scan it. That’s all! It’s that simple!

Installing Stocard

Most of the popular loyalty cards are listed within the App. There are different types of loyalty cards. We will go through how to proceed for different types of cards.

Bar coded loyalty cards. These are the easiest to load.

  1. Place the loyalty card on a table in a lighted area.
  2. Start Stocard.
  3. Click on the red plus dot (bottom right corner) and a list of popular loyalty cards will appear.
  4. Click on the one you want to enter. The Stocard App smartphone scanner will open.
  5. Hold steady the scanner screen over the card scan bars and the App will automatically scan the card barcode. That’s it!
  6. NOTE: if your loyalty card is not in the list, click on the above left red plus dot (Other card). You will be prompted to enter the loyalty card name. Once entered, click the bottom right check mark.
  7. The Stocard App smartphone scanner will open.
  8. Hold steady the scanner screen over the card scan bars and the App will automatically scan the card barcode. That’s it!

Not bar coded loyalty cards.

  1. Place the loyalty card on a table in a lighted area.
  2. Start Stocard.
  3. Click on the red plus dot (bottom right corner) and a list of popular loyalty cards will appear.
  4. Click on the one you want to enter. The Stocard App smartphone scanner will open.
  5. Click on Manual Input at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Manually enter the loyalty card number and click the bottom right check mark.
  7. Click Done above and the card will be stored.
  8. NOTE: if your loyalty card is not in the list, click on the above left red plus dot (Other card). You will be prompted to enter the loyalty card name. Once entered, click the bottom right check mark.
  9. The Stocard App smartphone scanner will open.
  10. Click on Manual Input at the bottom of the screen.
  11. Manually enter the loyalty card number and click the bottom right check mark.
  12. Click Done above and the card will be stored.

 NOTE: The following steps are not required but are quite useful.

  1. Open the loyalty card you just saved above or any other card for that matter.
  2. Click on NOTES. From there you can take a picture of the card front and back.
  3. Click on FRONT, select Camera and take a picture of the front of the card.
  4. Click on BACK, select Camera and take a picture of the back of the card.
  5. You can also add notes if you want in the bottom Add note input area.
  6. Completing these additional steps may be quite useful once in a store that does not have card scanners or to answer questions about the loyalty card. You will have the card pictures (front & back) to address any inquiries while in the store.

As you can see, with the Stocard functionality you can address any type of loyalty card issues without having to carry the card on you all the time. A great useful App!