Introduction to Kroger
Kroger is the largest supermarket operator in the United States by total sales. They’re the second-largest general retailer after Walmart. Not bad for a Cincinnati grocery company founded in 1883 with $372 and a single location. Today, Kroger has more than 2,800 stores and 453,000 employees.
Interesting fact: Kroger operates 13 different brands of grocery stores. You might not know your local store as a Kroger, but it might be one!
Kroger’s grocery store brands are Kroger, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, Mariano’s, QFC, Ralphs, Roundy’s, Ruler Foods, and Smiths.
Introduction to Apple Pay
Apple Pay is an easy-to-use, contactless payment method that works with your Apple devices like your Apple Watch and iPhone. You can use it in person at stores, through apps, or on the web. It’s a secure, safe way to make your payments. Gone are the days of waiting for change or having to use a credit card reader that thousands of other dirty cards have already been in. Apple Pay is a modern payment method for the modern world.
But does Kroger accept Apple Pay?
Does Kroger Take Apple Pay?
No, Kroger does not take Apple Pay. Instead, they now promote the use of their contactless payment alternative, Kroger Pay which is available through the Kroger Pay app.
Here is an article confirming that Kroger does not take Apple Pay.
Kroger’s QFC Brand: One Small Exception
Kroger is running a small trial with Apple Pay at 61 QFC brand grocery stores in the Seattle area. For reference, that’s a little bit more than 2% of their stores. So if you live in Seattle and want to use your Apple Pay mobile wallet, you might be in luck. Here’s the story about the QFC Apple Pay trial.
Why Does Kroger Not Take Apple Pay?
Why doesn’t Kroger want to take Apple Pay?
The reason Kroger doesn’t take Apple Pay is simple: Kroger has its own mobile payment program called Kroger Pay. They want you to install their Kroger Pay app and pay with Kroger Pay when you’re shopping at their stores. Kroger’s mobile payment app lets them control their checkout experience while integrating Kroger’s loyalty cards.
Kroger doesn’t want you using a competitor’s mobile payment option, like Apple Pay. Apple Pay is used by competitors to Kroger while Kroger Pay is not. 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 store apps and contactless payment services are the wave of the future Kroger wants more control over their journey than Apple Pay would give them.
Now that you know that Kroger doesn’t take Apple Pay, what are your contact-free payment options at Kroger? Kroger’s alternative to Apple Pay is ‘Kroger Pay’ which is available in the App Store.
What is Kroger Pay?
Kroger Pay app is a contactless payment solution. Using your mobile device, it lets you enter your preferred payment method, such as a credit/debit card, and combine it with your Kroger loyalty card to earn rewards when you shop at Kroger. When you’re ready to check out, use the Kroger Pay App to generate a unique QR code that lets you check out, contact-free.