It is no longer possible to pay for an entire shopping cart with meal vouchers
In addition to food, it will be impossible to pay for other products in the supermarket with meal vouchers. According to the law, only food products can be used for payment, but many supermarkets dealt with this loosely. However, automation will make this impossible from now on.
Wim Van Edom of Comeos confirms the change of course. VIA (the umbrella organization of meal vouchers, ed.) Has decided to monitor compliance more strictly. It is not an easy matter to do this 100 percent correctly, so a timeline has been agreed to adjust the POS systems. That was somewhat disrupted by the corona crisis, but the deadline was finally set in September. ‘
In its brochure of this week, Colruyt warns customers that from September it will only accept meal vouchers for food products in its supermarkets Colruyt, Okay, Spar and Bio-Planet.
In principle, Colruyt is currently still counting on a manual inspection of the staff, but in practice many non-food products are still settled with meal vouchers. Other supermarket chains did not always apply the rules strictly.
‘In consultation with the publishers of the meal vouchers and the sector federation Comeos, we have entered into a commitment to automate this process,’ says Colruyt spokeswoman Silja Decock. ‘A straightforward and unambiguous application is transparent for the customer and relieves the store staff.’
Delhaize also announced that it will adjust its checkout systems from 1 September to make it no longer possible to accept meal vouchers for non-food products.