Retailers have been exploring the idea of digital receipts for at least a decade. Several years ago, Apple made it a near standard practice — it issues a printed receipt upon request — while retailers in other industries ranging from grocery to apparel have begun moving in that direction.
Avis and Marriott are among the larger companies that have ventured into the digital receipt arena, and Kmart offers the choice. Anthropologie stores (owned by Urban Outfitters) recently used a new store in Atlanta’s Westside Provision District as a test site for digital receipts. Last year, Best Buy and the Container Store partnered with Intuit to store digital receipts for consumers (an iPhone app lets you manage receipts on the go).