Free wi-fi in South Island supermarkets
Foodstuffs South Island is the first supermarket company to offer free wi-fi in all its stores.
South Island customers on all mobile networks could now access wi-fi on their smartphones or tablets in the company's 41 New World stores and 10 Pak 'n Saves, Foodstuffs said.
Foodstuffs South Island chief executive Steve Anderson said the introduction of wi-fi represented a "significant investment" by store owner-operators.
However, it would ensure they were ready to meet demand for mobile data, Anderson said. Customers expected to be able to access the internet wherever they were.
New World Motueka was the last store to have wi-fi installed as part of the South Island-wide deployment, which began in June, Foodstuffs said.
Wi-fi access will be limited to 45 minutes or 45 megabytes, twice daily.
The wi-fi access is not password protected.
Foodstuffs North Island, a separate entity to Foodstuffs South Island, offers free wi-fi in cafe areas in seven New World stores and the recently opened New World Kapiti.
Foodstuffs North Island managing director Murray Jordan said the company was investigating options for wider wi-fi deployment across North Island Pak ‘n Save and New World stores as part of a technical upgrade.