Mercatus has launched SNAP EBT Online, an integration-ready ordering and checkout capability that allows U.S. grocers in eligible states to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and EBT Cash payments as part of the Mercatus Integrated Commerce Platform.
The tool is designed to help smaller retailers accept SNAP purchases online in the 47 states participating in the USDA pilot program that expands acceptance of SNAP EBT payment to ecommerce. Mercatus SNAP EBT Online features a basket-building and checkout process that includes:
- EBT product filters that enable shoppers to identify eligible items;
- Secure EBT payment at checkout with SNAP recipient’s verified PIN;
- The ability to make a split payment using EBT and EBT Cash (where applicable), as well as a secondary form of payment such as a credit or debit card to allow purchase of non-eligible items or to cover overages.
Additionally, the feature was designed to let both the SNAP recipient and the retailer check the EBT card balance to help avoid exceeding the card limit on the order.