Belgium's Delhaize Group has said that it will commence paying its Greek employees in cash, as Eurozone talks continue about the future of the beleaguered EU member.
A spokesperson for the retailer told Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad that the decision to pay the 12,000 workers in its Greek stores in cash was taken because "we want to show our staff our appreciation."
Delhaize operates the Alfa-Beta Vassilopoulos S.A. chain in Greece.
The spokesperson added that it is working hard to maintain stocks of staple products amid panic buying in stores.
“The demand is abnormally high, but were are able to keep up with supplies to our stores," the spokesperson told the paper. "We have also noticed that more customers are paying by credit and debit card. Normally it’s around 15%, whereas now it’s between 45 and 50%."
© 2015 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Stephen Wynne-Jones