The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.
The new eWIC program replaces paper vouchers, allowing nutrition and food benefits to be processed like a debit card, integrated into the grocers point of sale.
Auto-Star has completed the stringent certification process required to accept eWIC benefits, allowing independent grocers the ability to avoid the challenges of non-integrated stand-beside terminals provided by the state to process eWIC benefits.
The integration eliminates separate EBT transactions, allowing the benefits to be processed in the same way as other payment methods and providing a faster, more satisfactory checkout experience than stand-beside terminals. These terminals bring new challenges along with the problems of the old manual WIC process including:
Auto-Star’s point of sale eWIC integration streamlines the process to accept EBT transactions, increasing productivity and providing widespread benefits for both your customers and your bottom line. Profit boosting benefits include:
The improved productivity provided by integrating eWIC capabilities in your grocery retail store improves the customer experience, giving shoppers increased privacy and a faster, easier checkout experience—helping to retain benefit-receiving customers in your store. The ability to use their benefits like a debit card with all the household benefits housed on one card means there is less of a possibility for lost checks and unused benefits. Customers have the flexibility to use the benefits as needed in multiple shopping trips and eWIC ensures that pricing remains consistent for all customers.
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Contact Auto-Star to get started with the Star-Plus Point of Sale eWIC integration.