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Today’s average shopping cart is nearly twice the size of the original.
|Here is the original shopping cart||Here is one you would see in today|
Carts Make You Buy More
Look at the size of these new carts. People do not need to buy so much. Grocer Whole Foods has placed more grocery carts in their stores to enable bigger purchases.
Shopping Carts are travelling germ traps
According to the Wall Street Journal, shopping carts are gaining a reputation as one of the dirtiest public places, with some found to harbor such microbial villains as the diarrhea-causing Campylobacter and the potentially deadly Salmonella.
In a study released last year, University of Arizona researchers who sampled bacterial content on 60 grocery-store shopping carts in the Los Angeles area found that cart surfaces had exponentially more bacteria than what they had measured in about 100 public restrooms, from toilet seats to flush handles.
It really makes you want to shop online instead of going to the grocery store.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122636407171115805.html
Rental system is a major pain
In many countries, the customer has to inserting a coin, which is returned if and when the customer returns the cart to a designated cart parking point. The motivation behind the deposit systems is not theft deterrent since the cart is worth significantly more than the deposit. It seems to me a rather inefficient system with little incentive to return the cart.
Theft of grocery carts increases prices for everyone.
How many grocery carts do you see abandoned or vandalized. Let me get this straight, I have to pay extra to shop at a store so individuals can steal a grocery cart. Sorry, no.
Squeaks or carts that seem to control themselves.
Don’t you love getting a cart at an older store and having a stain on the seat or the brakes not working or a wheel that does not spin!
It is interesting why and how the shopping cart got it’s start.
The first shopping carts were put into service by grocery store owner Sylvan Goldman in 1937. Goldman’s concept was simple: make shopping easier for the customer and they’ll visit the store more frequently, and buy more. Unfortunately, the customers didn’t want to use the carts. Young men thought they would appear weak; young women felt the carts were unfashionable; and older people didn’t want to appear helpless. So, Goldman hired models of all ages and both sexes to push the things around the store, pretending they were shopping. That, and an attractive store greeter encouraging use of the carts, did the trick.
There you go – without some attractive models helping out we would all still be carting 20 pound bags of potatoes on our back!