Albertsons launches SNAP online payment

Diving brief:

  • Albertsons announced on Monday that it has launched new SNAP online shopping capabilities at its Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons and Pavilions stores.
  • Eligible purchasers will be able to make Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) payments through Albertsons operated websites and apps as well as through the Instacart app.
  • Instacart announced Monday that it has rolled out SNAP online shopping capabilities for its retail partners in 10 new states: Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Additions bring Instacart’s SNAP online shopping footprint to 49 states and Washington, DC

Overview of the dive:

Albertsons is offering SNAP online payments to shoppers at many of its biggest banners as retailers across the country make the service more widely available.

The grocer, which began accepting EBT payments for pickup orders in 2020, allows eligible shoppers to use a separate credit or debit card to purchase non-SNAP-eligible items. Buyers can also track their benefit balance under their online profile.

In a separate announcement, Instacart said it plans to enable in-app delivery on other Albertsons banners later this year. Albertsons currently offers instagram delivery from more than 2,000 stores through 21 brands.

“This program allows shoppers to use their EBT cards to make online purchases for home delivery or free in-store pickup, which is a critical part of our ongoing efforts to create a flexible and convenient shopping experience. for all customers,” Susan Morris, Albertsons chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Additionally, Sprouts Farmers Market now accepts SNAP online shopping through the Instacart app for delivery or pickup orders in 23 states and over 380 stores.

Instacart also increased the SNAP online shopping footprint with Meijer, Tops Friendly Markets and Price Chopper/Market 32 ​​as part of the expansion.

Meijer has rolled out the capability to more than 250 stores in the six states in which the mass retailer operates, while Tops has expanded the checkout type to more than 70 additional stores in New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania. Price Chopper/Market 32 ​​has expanded Instacart SNAP EBT online shopping to more than 120 stores across six states in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Tops and Price Chopper/Market 32 ​​began offering SNAP EBT payments through Instacart last year and now offer them through their Instacart-created digital storefronts.

instagram said it can reach nearly 30 million food-insecure people across the United States through its latest SNAP online shopping expansion.

Instacart noted in its announcement that SNAP EBT online payment is offered through its Carrot Payments division, which is part of the Instacart Platform retail suite of services that the company launched earlier this year. The company said it now powers SNAP EBT payments for more than 8,000 stores spanning more than 60 retail banners.

Grocers across the country have extended SNAP online payment options to shoppers. Recently, Bashas’ and BJ’s Wholesale Club announced that they are expanding these capabilities to consumers enrolled in the federal program, joining retailers like Aldi, Amazon and Walmart that have expanded SNAP digital payments across the country.

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