How to distribute and scan QR codes for physical stores, restaurants and events

If you have a physical location like restaurant, store or event, and you want to somehow send out unique codes that you want to redeem/validate on location, then our QR scanner feature might be a good fit.

You can either use our Code Email (new subscriber) or Redeem Link (existing subscribers) to distribute your unique codes to your subscribers. Both of these features support showing the code as a QR code. 

When your customers visit your location your staff can use an iPhone or Android device to scan the QR code and validate if the code is valid and also how many times it has been redeemed.

Contact us if you need any help or have questions regarding this feature. We're happy to help! 😀

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Setting up your configuration for QR Scanning

Enable the scanner service by enabling the QR feature on your configuration settings (email or page settings). Currently, the scanner is only compatible with QR Codes and when enabled you will also see the password that you will later use to login to the scanner website:

This configuration's unique password

Create an autogenerated code list

In this case, we want to have Coupon Carrier generate new random codes automatically for each recipient. To do this we can create an autogenerated code list and choose Coupon Carrier as the generator.

Choose Autogenerated List as your code source

After that, you have a couple of options to further set up your code list.

Settings for an autogenerated code list

At times it might be desirable to set a maximum number of generated codes. You do this by checking the Generate a limited amount of codes option. You set the maximum number of codes this list should generate. 

Remember, more than one configuration can use the same code list. If you want to limit one configuration to e.g. 1500 codes, you should create a code list for just that configuration.

You may also set a  Discount prefix to all generated codes if you want to further describe your codes. In our example we've put 15OFF as a prefix and all the codes will then be generated with this text before the unique code.

Using the QR Scanner service

First, go to the scanner page on your mobile device,  http://scanner.couponcarrier.io/, and log in using the scanner password shown in the configuration settings:

Compatibility with mobile devices

Compatibility is based on the devices web browser. Chrome 62 or above is required for Android devices. In IOS 11.2 only Safari is supported.

NOTE: IOS 11 currently does not fully support webRTC,  which is required to use your device's camera,  if  you save this website from Safari to the home screen it won't work properly. However, it works perfectly in the standard Safari browser.

Log in with the password presented under Scanner password in your configuration settings. Note that every configuration has its own password so you can't validate and redeem codes from configuration B if you've logged in with a Scanner password from configuration A. When you've successfully logged in,  you must grant the site access to the device's camera.

When a code is successfully scanned and validated the following screen will show you some information about the code. The code itself, the name of the configuration, to whom and when the code was issued and if the code has previously been redeemed and in that case how many times and when.

Information about the code before redeeming or rejecting it

It is recommended that you name the configuration to something explanatory since this is shown in the view. In our example, we've named the configuration "15% OFF" so that our colleagues who're redeeming the codes easily see the purpose of the code.

If everything seems good to go, press Redeem Code and the code will be set as used. However, this does not mean the code can't be redeemed more times! It is up to you if you would like your customers to use the codes more than once. In this example, the code has been redeemed 11 times.

Press View if you'd like to see the last 5 times the code was redeemed.

The codes last 5 redemptions

And press Do not redeem if you do not want to grant another code redemption.

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