Sterile Cart, an automated system that cleans and sanitizes shopping carts, will be installed in more than 200 Hy-Vee stores. Photo supplied by Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee Inc. plans to begin using an automated cleaning system to clean and sanitize shopping carts after they are used. The new system, which cleans the entire cart, will be installed by mid-November in more than 200 Hy-Vee stores located in eight Midwestern states. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been our desire to put Hy-Vee customers’ minds at ease with thorough sanitization measures,” Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman and CEO, said in a news release. Sterile Cart is manufactured by Minnesota-based IZZA Manufacturing and distributed by Ultra Green Packaging. The system was conceived and designed specifically to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Kristin Davidson of Ultra Green said in a new release. “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.” Since the start of the pandemic, Hy-Vee employees have cleaned carts after customer use. The new system eliminates the need to manually clean each cart, the West Des Moines-based retailer said.