The Merc Co+op collects the information which is provided by you on registration, together with information we learn about you from your use of our service, your visits to our website, and your visits to other sites accessible from our web site. We also collect information about the transactions you undertake, including details of payment cards used.
We may collect additional information in connection with your participation in any promotional programs offered by The Merc Co+op, and information you provide when giving us feedback or completing profile forms. We also monitor customer traffic patterns and site usage, which enables us to improve the products and services which The Merc Co+op and its Members provide. In addition, The Merc Co+op will access the information retrieved through your use of your The Merc Co+op Club Card.
Use of Your Information and Your Preferences
We will use your information to provide and personalize The Merc Co+op services, to help us improve our service to you, and to make our communications more relevant.
We will also use your contact details to regularly communicate with you. We may use your information to send you offers and information from The Merc Co+op, as well as other carefully selected companies which we think may be of interest to you.
Once you have registered to use https://shop.themerc.coop, you will be provided with access to a “Contact Preferences” page that will allow you to tailor our commercial communications to your preferences. To change your contact preferences simply click “My Account” in the top frame and click “Your Contact Preferences”. If you do not want to receive commercial communications from us, please select your choices by using the boxes available on that page.
The Merc Co+op would like to hear your views to help us improve our service. From time to time, we may contact you to solicit your opinions. Again, if you do not wish to be contacted for this purpose, please make your choice on the “Contact Preferences” page.
Please note that there may be instances where it may be necessary for us to communicate with you, regardless of your contact preferences, for administrative or operational reasons relating to our service.
Disclosures of Your Information
Your information may be used by The Merc Co+op, Inc., all of its related companies, and all of its Members. We will never pass your personal data to anyone else, except for any successors to our business and the organizations that process data on our behalf. We may also use and disclose information in the aggregate (so that no individual customers are identified) for marketing programs, advertisers, and partners.
The Merc Co+op may display targeted advertisements based on personal information. The Merc Co+op does not provide any individual personal information to the advertiser when you interact with or view a targeted ad. Advertisers (including ad serving companies) may, however, assume that people who interact with, view, or click targeted ads meet the targeting criteria—for example, women ages 18-24 from a particular geographic area.
The Merc Co+op uses both session ID cookies and/or persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time, unless you remove the cookie in the manner determined by your particular Internet browser. Disabling the cookie function for your Internet browser will restrict the online services you can use at the The Merc Co+op website.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons)
We use clear gifs on our sites from Google Analytics and other 3rd party vendors. This enables us to gauge the effectiveness of our services and marketing programs.
The security of your personal information is very important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) on our order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Once we receive the data it is immediately re-encrypted prior to storage. By default, payment card data is permanently destroyed within 91 days of submission.
The Merc Co+op follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted by you, both during transmission and upon The Merc Co+op receipt. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while The Merc Co+op strives to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Changes in this Privacy Statement
The Merc Co+op reserves the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here.