Cash is king! Woolies cancels card-only stores trial after public backlash

Mar 03, 2021
Woolworths is ending its cashless trial at 14 of its Metro stores after eight months. Source: Getty

Woolworths has announced it is re-instating cash payments progressively from Wednesday* at the 14 Metro stores across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that had been trialling electronic-only payments.

The cashless payments began in early July last year at Metro stores in Melbourne and Sydney, with the retailer expanding the trial in the months following to include more stores in more locations, including Brisbane in early January.

The trail was initiated in response to the broad push for contactless payments around the country, amid heightened concerns about cash handling during the pandemic. (Researchers have found that it’s possible – but unlikely – that handling cash could transmit Covid-19.)

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