Hy-Vee, Incorporated has announced that more than 200 Hy-Vee stores in its 8-state region will have a Sterile Cart system in operation by mid-November.
The system will clean carts so that store employees will not need to manually clean each cart throughout the day. The system will also sanitize the entire cart and not just the handles and high-touch areas.
The Sterile Cart system is manufactured in Minnesota. A spokesperson for distributor Ultra Green Packaging says the system was designed to specifically to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
The Sterile Cart system uses a low-pressure spray system and a dry-in-place disinfectant. The 6-by-4 foot apparatus and can be installed where shopping carts are returned and staged for customer use. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hy-Vee stores regularly clean carts throughout the day, and have sanitation wipes available where customers grab a cart. This new system eliminates the need to manually clean each cart while providing a more consistent and thorough disinfecting process.