Come mid-November, the retail grocery chain Hy-vee will no longer need to have their employees clean shopping carts manually. According to a release from the store, a fully automated cleaning system will clean the entire shopping cart.

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According to a release from Hy-Vee, more than 200 stores across Hy-vee's eight-state region will have the automated system in operation.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been our desire to put Hy-Vee customers’ minds at ease with thorough sanitization measures. We are always looking at innovative ways to improve store operations, improve the shopping experience for customers and, most importantly, ensure the health and safety of our customers and our employees,” said Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee, Inc.

The process is simple, when customers are finished with their shopping cart, the system will fully clean and sanitize each shopping cart after each use. The company says the system cleans every used cart quickly and consistently which will eliminate the need for store employees to clean each cart throughout the day. The system also cleans the entire cart and not just the areas that are touched mostly by the customers.

“The Sterile Cart system uses a hospital-grade disinfectant that is proven to kill 99.9% of germs and viruses that cause illnesses, including coronavirus,” said Davidson. “The system ships fully assembled, takes up minimal space and sanitizes 1-2 carts per second. The Sterile Cart system provides peace of mind knowing that the carts are cleaned after every use.”

The system uses a low-pressure spray system and a dry-in-place disinfectant. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hy-Vee stores regularly cleaned each cart throughout the day.