West Des Moines, Iowa (WEEK)-Hy-Vee store will soon launch an automatic cleaning system for grocery trucks.
The company said that by mid-November, the company will implement a “sterile shopping cart” system that will be put into use in more than 200 stores in eight states, the first of all grocery store chains.
The system cleans several carts quickly and consistently, eliminating the need for store employees to manually clean each cart throughout the day. In addition, it can also clean and disinfect the entire trolley, not just the handle and high-touch areas.
Randy Edeker, Chairman, CEO and President of Hy-Vee, Inc. said: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have always hoped to reassure Hy-Vee customers through thorough disinfection measures.”
The aseptic cart system uses a low-pressure spray system and on-site drying disinfectant. It has a small footprint (6×4 feet) and can be easily installed where the shopping cart is returned and staged for customer use.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hy-Vee has cleaned the cart regularly throughout the day and provided sanitary napkins when customers grabbed the cart. This new system eliminates the need to manually clean each cart while providing a more consistent and thorough disinfection process.