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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee announced Tuesday it will be the first to introduce an automated cleaning system to sanitize shopping carts.
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The Iowa-based chain said the Sterile Cart system fully cleans and sanitizes shopping carts after each use.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been our desire to put Hy-Vee customers’ minds at ease with thorough sanitization measures," Hy-Vee CEO and president Randy Edeker said in a statement.
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Hy-Vee said that it expects to roll out the automated cleaning system to more than 200 stores across its eight-state region by mid-November.
The innovative system cleans several carts "quickly and consistently," which eliminates the need for store employees to have to go through and manually clean each cart throughout the day.