Wegmans Shoppers Club Card Showing Up in Apple Pay, but Full Rollout Not Coming Until 2016

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
49,579
10,893



Following yesterday's official launch of the first Apple Pay-enabled loyalty card from Walgreens with its Balance Rewards program, a number of MacRumors readers reported that their Shoppers Club loyalty cards from grocery store chain Wegmans were also showing up in Apple Pay.

Early testing has shown that card readers at Wegmans stores are not yet accepting Shoppers Club cards via Apple Pay, and Wegmans' June press release alongside Apple's WWDC announcements pointed only to a "fall" launch, so we contacted the company to ask for an update on Shoppers Club integration with Apple Pay.

"Wegmans will be testing loyalty card support via Apple Pay at one store later this year," a spokesperson told MacRumors. "If all goes well, we plan to roll that service out to all stores in 2016."

The spokesperson declined to identify the specific store where Apple Pay Shoppers Club will be tested, but did note it will be in the company's home market of Rochester, New York.

Wegmans is a popular grocery store chain that with a new store opening outside of Philadelphia this Sunday will have 88 locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. The chain is known for its large stores of up to 140,000 square feet with a focus on prepared foods, broad selection of items, and even in-store restaurants and childcare in some locations.

(Screenshot via forum member "deejaykorn")

Article Link: Wegmans Shoppers Club Card Showing Up in Apple Pay, but Full Rollout Not Coming Until 2016
 

MetalHaze

macrumors newbie
Jun 18, 2009
29
26
Boston, MA
I added on 10/23 and have been using it regularly in NJ. One less card to carry!
I also have it already on my iPhone in Apple Pay and I have been using it at the brand new Wegman's that just opened in October in Westwood, MA.

But using Apple Pay to buy the groceries is much different than scanning the loyalty card to get discounts.

Is this article saying that Wegman's will allow me to also PAY for the groceries with my money through Apple Pay as well??
 

joshetanner

macrumors newbie
Feb 20, 2009
8
2
Does anyone know if this would allow Costco/Sam's to apply their cards if they so chose?
 

MetalHaze

macrumors newbie
Jun 18, 2009
29
26
Boston, MA
Does anyone know if this would allow Costco/Sam's to apply their cards if they so chose?
BJ's Wholesale Club already takes advantage of Apple Pay. I don't see why Sam's or Costco couldn't do it as well. Sounds like they are just being slow to adopt it.
 

sesnir

macrumors 6502
Sep 21, 2008
350
194
I've had the shoppers club card in Wallet/Passbook for months... It's nice how it pops up on the lock screen and I can easily display the bar code. This news isn't new news.
 

ConnYoungy

macrumors 6502a
Aug 14, 2010
535
201
Why did this go on iOS but the Walgreens story was Front page? I genuinely could use some help understanding what the different blogs are officially used for
 

WildCowboy

Administrator/Editor
Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
17,466
1,452
I've had the shoppers club card in Wallet/Passbook for months... It's nice how it pops up on the lock screen and I can easily display the bar code. This news isn't new news.
The news part is that this is for using your Shoppers Club card via NFC and Touch ID, not a barcode scan.

Why did this go on iOS but the Walgreens story was Front page? I genuinely could use some help understanding what the different blogs are officially used for
The initial Walgreens post was front page because it was the first one to surface, and then the first to initially launch. And they have thousands of locations all around the U.S.

Wegmans is a regional chain with under 100 locations, and the feature isn't working yet. And won't be in all but one store until next year, so it's a lower-profile story.
 

Aero Leviathan

macrumors newbie
Dec 24, 2010
12
0
Wegmans stores have customer-accessible barcode readers mounted on the conveyor belts in the checkout lanes. The way it works now is, you open the loyalty card in Wallet (formerly Passbook), turn your phone around so that its screen is facing the reader, and the reader scans the barcode. You then proceed further down the checkout lane, to the POS terminal, to complete your payment (using whatever method you wish). Note that this has nothing to do with NFC or Apple Pay.

The news in this article is that the loyalty card in Wallet now supports being transmitted over NFC. Instead of having the barcode scanner read the barcode off of your phone's screen, it would transmit the loyalty information wirelessly, to the same POS terminal you would use for payment, using the same process that Apple Pay uses. Despite Wallet recently being updated to support this, it is not working in any stores yet, because the POS hardware upgrades have not been completed. Also note that this still has nothing to do with payment. You would still need to pay separately after transmitting your loyalty card over NFC.

My speculation is that the first store to trial this will be the flagship store in Pittsford, NY. That store usually gets everything first, including many unique features that have never made it to any other Wegmans location. I recommend a visit if you're ever in the area.
 

WildCowboy

Administrator/Editor
Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
17,466
1,452
Also note that this still has nothing to do with payment. You would still need to pay separately after transmitting your loyalty card over NFC.
So Apple's information indicates this could be a one-step process...you Touch ID the loyalty card and it automatically charges to your default Apple Pay credit card with one read. But it requires the POS terminal to be set up to accept that.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201239

Your rewards card will be applied to the purchase, and payment will be made using your default payment card with Apple Pay. Some merchant terminals might be set up to request your rewards card separately from payment. At these merchants, only your rewards information will be applied at first, then you can pay using Apple Pay after the cashier or terminal requests payment.
 

Dekema2

macrumors 6502a
Jul 27, 2012
786
316
WNY or Utica
Meh, I don't know. At the McKinley Wegmans you can spend over $300 on stuff and only get 50¢ back! Don't need it, release a Tops BonusCard please.
 

hurleyint1386

macrumors member
Sep 4, 2006
37
11
As a Rochester resident, I'll be driving around to different Wegmans to try and find out which store it's at haha
 

zhenya

macrumors 604
Jan 6, 2005
6,703
3,316
I've been using Apple Pay at Wegmans almost daily since the original rollout, and using my Wegmans card through the Wegmans app which just made the card available automatically at the lock screen when you were in a Wegmans store. Now if I double-tap the home button and get my list of Apple-Pay cards, my Wegmans card is there. Even if I can't yet do it wirelessly, it's one less step now to get the bar code read.

I wish every retailer was as quick to move on this stuff as Wegmans!
 

JTR555

macrumors regular
Jun 25, 2013
112
30
Virginia
My Wegmans card pops up on my Apple Watch when I'm in the store (Woodbridge, VA), but I can't use my watch to activate the card. I can pay using Apple Pay from my watch. I just have to use my iPhone to pull up the card to be manually scanned.
 

MetalHaze

macrumors newbie
Jun 18, 2009
29
26
Boston, MA
Paying for groceries at Wegmans using ApplePay is already available to customers.
Really? Because there are no signs in the store that say they accept Apple Pay. Sounds like you are just making a generalized statement with no facts to back it up. Your store my have it but I don't see anything at my store that indicates they have it. All they have is the barcode scanner.
 

AutoUnion39

macrumors 601
Jun 21, 2010
4,890
941
Really? Because there are no signs in the store that say they accept Apple Pay. Sounds like you are just making a generalized statement with no facts to back it up. Your store my have it but I don't see anything at my store that indicates they have it. All they have is the barcode scanner.
Yeah no. Wegmans was one of the earliest Apple Pay stores. I've been using AP there for almost a year now. There is no distinct signs. You open up wallet, find your CC, and then use TouchID on their card reader. You get a beep and it starts to process.
 

MetalHaze

macrumors newbie
Jun 18, 2009
29
26
Boston, MA
Yeah no. Wegmans was one of the earliest Apple Pay stores. I've been using AP there for almost a year now. There is no distinct signs. You open up wallet, find your CC, and then use TouchID on their card reader. You get a beep and it starts to process.
Thanks for the reply! I was so confused because Whole Foods actually advertises that they accept Apple Pay with signs at the register! I thought that if they didn't have the sign then they were not accepting it.

How do I know which stores are secretly accepting Apple Pay? Is there a general rule of thumb?
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.