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09/15/2022

Albertsons delivers groceries, vaccines to affordable housing sites

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Albertsons is partnering with WinnCompanies to provide direct services to its properties nationally. Courtesy: Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies Inc. is partnering with a developer of affordable and privatized U.S. military housing for on-site product and service deliveries.

The grocery giant is teaming up with WinnCompanies to bring essential services directly to more than 133,000 residents across 520 properties nationally. The collaboration will provide grocery, prescription and vaccination resources to residents – including seniors, families, and military personnel.

The services being provided on an ongoing basis will include prescription drop-off and mail delivery, grocery delivery, and on-site immunizations by Albertsons Cos.’ pharmacy associates. Residents will be able to receive the recommended vaccinations they need to stay up to date including the COVID-19 bivalent vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, flu vaccines, and other immunizations such as shingles, pneumonia, tetanus and hepatitis A and B.

[Read more: Albertsons boosts vaccine services]

In addition to the on-site clinics, residents also have access to care at Albertsons Cos. pharmacies, including those at Safeway, Albertsons, Shaw’s, Star Market and Jewel-Osco stores across the country. Pharmacists are also available to discuss clinical-related questions to assist customers in making healthcare decisions.

Albertsons and WinnCompanies launched a pilot of this partnership program in Massachusetts in late 2021. Based on initial success, the program has now expanded to all WinnCompanies communities where Albertsons operates, including those in California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia.

Albertsons eases digital shopping
Other efforts by Albertsons to streamline digital shopping during 2022 include a feature in its meal planning app that provides loyalty program members with access to shoppable recipes that are curated based on taste and dietary preferences, with options for pick-up and delivery or in-store shopping.

The company also unveiled “Schedule & Save,” an online auto-replenishment offering that enables loyalty members to automatically replenish their more frequently purchased items across categories. And Albertsons recently entered a new multi-year agreement with Pinterest to enable its customers to discover and shop food items via the visually-oriented social platform.

“We recognize that many people in our communities face challenges that prevent them from shopping in our stores,” said Omer Gajial, chief digital officer and executive VP of health at Albertsons Cos. “As a neighborhood grocer, we’re privileged to partner with WinnCompanies to make nutrition, wellness and pharmacy services more accessible and convenient for WinnCompanies’ residents.”

“This collaboration with Albertson Cos. reinforces our commitment to have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of the residents at our apartment communities,” said Trevor Samios, senior VP of connected communities at WinnCompanies. “We’re grateful to find a partner who shares this mission and is willing to join us in committing important resources to the health and safety of thousands of individuals and families across the country.”

As of June 18, 2022, Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons operated 2,273 retail food and drug stores with 1,720 pharmacies, 402 associated fuel centers, 22 dedicated distribution centers and 19 manufacturing facilities. The company operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia with 24 banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets, and Balducci's Food Lovers Market.