Coronavirus: Kroger, Walmart tests one-way aisles for COVID-19

Two major U.S. grocers are considering creating one-way aisles to help people keep their distance during the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s happening:

  • Kroger has started testing one-way aisles in its stores in certain markets to keep people away from each other. Kroger would like to know how effective such a move would be before adopting it full-time.

  • “The Kroger family of companies has begun testing one-way aisles in select markets to determine their effectiveness as a measure to further aid physical distancing,” the company said in a statement.
  • According to Grocery Dive, Walmart and Hy-Vee recently took similar steps. Connecticut stores will set up one-way walkways in the event of an emergency.
  • There are reports of Albertsons / Safeway and QFC grocery stores adding one-way aisles as well.

A context

  • Kroger’s move comes as grocery stores across the country aim to revise their policies and change their hours of operation to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • For example, several grocery stores – from Walmart to Kroger to Costco – have changed their opening hours to allow senior times when older people can shop on their own. Seniors are considered high risk patients for the coronavirus.

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