7. Free Food Samples
According to its website, Target will cease food sampling in its stores in an effort to keep shoppers and workers safe. And, Target isn’t alone in this sentiment. USA Today reported on March 6 that Costco stores in California, Florida and Washington state had banned free food samples without any specific date in mind for when they’d start offering them again, although, according to CNN, the company started offering them again at a handful of stores the week starting with June 14, with plans to roll them out to additional locations in the coming weeks. The samples are pre-packaged and Costco is considering putting up plexiglass barriers in front of them.
But, it may not be just these two stores. “Any grocery stores that offer free samples will likely move away from those in a post-pandemic world especially if they’re in standalone containers and not handed out by workers,” Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews, told Reader’s Digest.