Are you shopping for groceries at Fred Meyer? Apple Pay is a safe, convenient way to pay at grocery stores that accept it as a payment method. But, does Fred Meyer take Apple Pay?
What Is Apple Pay?
Apple Pay is an easy-to-use, contactless payment method that works with your Apple iOS devices like your iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad. You can think of Apple Pay as transforming your physical Mastercard, Visa, American Express (Amex), Discover, and other credit/debit cards into a contactless card. Your iPhone or Apple Watch then becomes a digital card that can make contactless payments anywhere Apple Pay is accepted.
You can use Apple Pay in person at stores, through apps, or on the web. It’s a secure, safe way to make your payments. In an age where data is money, Apple stands out as one of the few companies that won’t sell your personal information. Other contactless payment solutions that rely on NFC technology (Near Field Communication) include Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
Gone are the days of waiting for change or having to use a credit card reader at a cash register, or typing in your credit card information for online orders. Apple Pay is a modern payment method for the modern world.
Is Apple Pay Accepted Everywhere?
Currently, Apple Pay works at more than 2.5 million brick-and-mortar retail locations in the US, covering 85% of all US merchants. Stores that accept Apple Pay include grocery stores, restaurants, big-box locations, pharmacies, and apps from some of America’s most popular brands. That said, 15% of stores, including Walmart, still don’t accept Apple Pay. Unfortunately, even though Apple Pay and contactless cards are the easiest way for shoppers to pay, there are still holdouts. How do you know if your favorite grocery store takes Apple Pay?
How do I know where Apple Pay is accepted?
Finding out if a grocery store accepts Apple Pay can be a challenge. You could ask the cashier or search online, but either way, it’s still a hassle. Luckily, Apple makes it easy to find grocery stores that accept Apple Pay.
To find out if a store takes Apple Pay, open the Apple Maps app on your iPhone. Next, search for the store location and scroll down to the “Useful to Know” section below the store’s website address. If you see the Apple Pay logo or a checkmark next to “Accepts Apple Pay,” then you know that the store accepts Apple Pay!
But does Fred Meyer accept Apple Pay?
What is Fred Meyer?
Fred Meyer is an American chain of big box stores selling groceries, home goods, electronics, sporting goods, and more. They’re a one-stop shop and have a pharmacy too. They operate 134 locations and are owned by Kroger Stores, which is the largest supermarket operator in the United States.
Fred Meyer is one of Kroger’s 13 grocery store brands. The other 12 are Kroger, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, Mariano’s, QFC, Ralphs, Roundy’s, Ruler Foods, and Smiths.
Money-saving tip: The Fred Meyer weekly ad is full of deals, special offers, and new products. It’s updated weekly, so check it out before heading to the store.
Answered: Does Fred Meyer Take Apple Pay?
No, Fred Meyer does not take Apple Pay. Instead, they promote the Kroger Pay mobile app, which is their own contactless payment alternative that’s available in the App Store.
Here is an article confirming that while Fred Meyer does not take Apple Pay, they do accept Kroger Pay, the only app-based payment method accepted at Fred Meyer stores.
What Payment Methods Does Fred Meyer’s Accept?
Since you can’t use Apple Pay at Fred Meyer, what are their accepted payment methods?
Payment Methods Accepted at Fred Meyer
- Fred Meyer Rewards World Mastercard
- Kroger Pay using the Kroger Pay App
- Visa cards
- Discover cards
- American Express cards
- Debit cards
- Prepaid cards
- Fred Meyer gift cards
- SNAP EBT Cards
- WIC cards at some, but not all, locations.
- Local personal checks
- Bottle return vouchers (Oregon Only)
Why Doesn’t Fred Meyer Take Apple Pay?
The reason Fred Meyer doesn’t take Apple Pay is simple: Fred Meyer has its own mobile payment app called Kroger Pay that they want you to use instead of Apple Pay. Kroger’s mobile payment app lets them control their checkout experience while integrating Kroger’s loyalty card tracking.
Fred Meyer doesn’t want you using a competitor’s mobile payment option, like Apple Pay. Fred Meyer’s competitors might accept Apple Pay, but they can’t accept Kroger Pay. In their thinking, by using Kroger Pay, you’re less likely to shop at a different grocery store and more likely to install their app. Since mobile apps and contactless payment options are the wave of the future, Fred Meyer wants more control over their journey than Apple Pay would give them.
Fred Meyer’s & Kroger Pay
Now that you know that Fred Meyer doesn’t take Apple Pay, what are your contact-free payment options at Fred Meyer? Fred Meyer’s alternative to Apple Pay is ‘Kroger Pay,’ available through the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play Store.
What is Kroger Pay?
Kroger Pay app is a contactless payment solution. After downloading the app, you can create a digital account and enter your preferred payment information. Once you have selected your payment method, such as a credit/debit card, you can combine it with your Fred Meyer Rewards card, which lets you stack your fuel points for use at their fuel center. You can also use the app to clip digital coupons and then save them to your Kroger Pay wallet app to save you even more money.
How To Use Kroger Pay
Once you’ve picked out everything on your shopping list and are ready to check out at Fred Meyer, open the Kroger Pay App on your phone. Next, tap to generate a one-time quick response code (QR code) that you scan to pay at the checkout counter. Once you’ve scanned the QR code at the checkout terminal, you can take your groceries and go!
What Grocery Stores Take Apple Pay?
If you would prefer to shop at a grocery store that takes Apple Pay as a payment method, the following is a list of stores that accept Apple Pay:
- Acme Markets
- Cub Foods
- Dan’s Fresh Market
- Davis Food & Drug
- Dick’s Fresh Market
- Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy
- Harveys Supermarket
- Lin’s Fresh Market
- Lucky Stores
- Raley’s Supermarkets
- Save Mart Supermarkets
- Shaw’s Supermarkets
- Shop’ n Save
- Shoppers Food & Pharmacy
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Star Market
- Stater Bros.
- Tom Thumb
- Trader Joe’s
- United Supermarkets
- Whole Foods Market
It’s disappointing that Fred Meyer doesn’t accept Apple Pay. However, you can still pay with your phone at Fred Meyer using Kroger Pay.