Delhaize has decided to pay all of its 12,000 Greek employees in cash from now on, a move intended to help out the employees in a time of need especially as they are unable to withdraw large sums of money from the bank.
It is only a temporary measure, which will be lifted once the Greek banks have money again. "We want to show our appreciation for our staff, which can use the additional faith placed in them", a Delhaize spokesperson said.
The company has also seen consumer habits change over the past few weeks: Greek consumers now mainly focus on necessities with a lengthy expiration date, like toilet paper, pasta or flour - a demand Delhaize can easily meet at the moment. An increasing number of customers has also used their credit card for payments: the number of electronic payments has grown from 15 % to about 50 % of all transactions.