Publix Now Offering Contactless Pay Options
LAKELAND, FL - Grocers have been at the front lines since the impact of COVID-19 became felt nationwide. In order to ensure that shoppers and workers are safe, Publix announced last Friday that it is rolling out contactless pay across its entire store network, including its GreenWise Market banner.
“In these unprecedented times, we recognized the need to make our customers’ trips to our stores faster and more efficient,” said Chief Executive Officer Todd Jones in a statement. “By expediting this payment option, we will help customers reduce contact with commonly used surfaces like PIN pads.”
A contactless payment is made by placing a smartphone or contactless pay-enabled credit or debit card near a contactless-enabled device, rather than swiping or inserting a card into the PIN pad. The most commonly known forms of contactless payments are Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.
Alongside this initiative, Publix has also enacted the following to keep its workforce and customers safe:
- Increased sanitization efforts through frequent and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces like carts, door handles, PIN pads, ATMs, and vending machines
- Started installing plexiglass shields at all cash registers, pharmacies, and customer service counters
- Reduced store hours to allow extra time for store cleaning and preventive sanitation
- Designated shopping hours for customers ages 65 and over to better support the senior population
- Installed signs, marked distances on the floor where customers line up, and initiated intercom announcements to remind customers to maintain the recommended 6-foot distance between themselves and other shoppers
- Provided store associates in non-food handling roles, such as cashiers, baggers, and pharmacy clerks, the option to wear gloves and masks
- Implemented emergency pandemic pay for full- and part-time associates who show symptoms of, are diagnosed with, are caring for someone diagnosed with, or are self-quarantined due to COVID-19
Publix is not the only retailer rolling out contactless options. Walmart too has enacted a no-contact initiative for its shoppers, as well as a no-contact pickup and delivery system.
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