Shopping carts help customers get their groceries and purchases easily from the shelf to the checkout or to the car. If there is no shopping cart, customers also shop less.
This is one of the reasons why the shopping trolley experts are looking to the future in their plant. Consumers and retailers are looking for digital solutions to make shopping easier.
The focus is also on the shopping cart’s deposit lock. Functionality and appearance have hardly changed since the mid-1980s. That could change suddenly.
The deposit system was introduced because more and more shopping carts were lost or lost. Customers who lived near a supermarket branch were used to pushing the shopping cart all the way home.
In the past, employees were hired to collect purchase aids.
The y found them on sidewalks, parking lots, in courtyards and gardens. When the deposit lock was introduced and this concept became widespread, the trend declined significantly.
On the one hand, customers got their money back, on the other hand it was indirectly made clear to them that they had to return the shopping cart.
The deposit lock therefore not only has a financial, but also a psychological effect.
Now manufacturers are going one step further. Wanzl has been working on the smart trolley, the digital shopping trolley, for years. Customers can unlock it via smartphone or smartwatch. Classic coins or chips are no longer necessary.