On February 26, 2014, Safeway took an important step in meeting its goal of a fully usable digital experience for all customers. In a banner posted on its site, the company announced it was eliminating the Safeway separate text-only website it had maintained for many years. Eliminating the text-only site is part of Safeway’s commitment to making its main site accessible to all users. Safeway announced its accessibility initiative this past December, after working with its blind customers in the alternative dispute resolution process known as Structured Negotiations.
Safeway’s so-called Access Site was no doubt established out of a concern that blind customers and others with disabilities could not use the main site. But as in most things, separate in this situation was not equal. The ‘Access Site’ did not provide customers with the same information or functionality as the main site. Blind customers shunted off to the separate site often missed out on deals only available to main site users.
But the separate site is soon to be a thing of the past. The following notice is now posted on the Safeway text-only Access Site
Attention: As of April 30, 2014, this Access Site will no longer be available. Please visit and bookmark our main website at http://shop.safeway.com which has been updated to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA. For more information, the Safeway Accessibility Policy is available in the footer of our Grocery Delivery site at https://shop.safeway.com/ecom/content/accessibility%20policy. Questions? Call 1 (877) 505-4040 or email email@example.com. Notice on Safeway text-only site
Congratulations Safeway on your commitment to an accessible, usable digital experience for all customers.
Resources about the Safeway Accessibility Initiative
- Press Release announcing Safeway’s web accessibility initiative
- Settlement Agreement between Safeway and its blind customers. You can read the language about transitioning away from the separate site in Section 3.6 of the document.
- Safeway’s Accessibility Policy