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Development History And Trends Of Supermarket Shopping Carts

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Almost everyone pushes a supermarket trolley down the aisle of stores, and most of you have once clicked a website’s “checkout” button with the symbol of the cart. But have you ever considered how that cart came to be? In fact, it’s a fascinating history, filled with artistic interpretations, light-bulb ideas, and even a well-known psychological theory on social behavior. The emergence of shopping carts in the early 20th century promoted the arrival of an era of mass consumption, enabled retail businesses to expand their offerings, and fueled the rise of impulse buying.

But, at first, customers were extremely cautious about shopping carts and almost no person used the shopping cart while shopping on the first day when the shopping carts appeared in the stores, which even surprised Sylvan Goldman, the inventor of shopping carts, who thought it would be an immediate hit.

The arrival of supermarkets
Thanks to the arrival of supermarkets in America, shopping marts started to become popular. The first self-service supermarket Piggly Wiggly was established in 1916, which allowed buyers to choose commodities from the shelves themselves. In the decades that followed, an increasing number of Americans began to drive their own cars, and more and more large supermarkets with parking lots opened.

The birth and promotion of shopping carts
Goldman found that customers would stop shopping when their basket was too full or too heavy, so he decided to require the clerks to offer another basket to customers and to temporarily put the full basket in the register.

Then, in 1936, Goldman came up with an idea to attach wheels to a folding chair and put a basket on it. Goldman founded the Unarco and placed advertisements in a local newspaper informing customers of his new invention that they could walk through a large supermarket without having to carry a cumbersome shopping basket on their arm.

But at first few buyers accepted the supermarket trolley. Therefore, Goldman hired people to walk around the store with shopping carts and fill them up, so as to convince customers of their benefits. Customers began to follow their lead, and soon all Goldman stores were equipped with carts.

He soon began selling carts to other supermarkets, whose managers were reluctant to buy the carts because they were afraid that they would be damaged by children or accidents would happen. So Goldman developed promotional films where the correct way to use the carts were displayed, helping others know them better and ensuring their safety. He also introduced a shopping cart with a child seat a few years later.

A major revolution of shopping carts took place in 1946, when Orla Watson patented the telescoping carts, which allowed them to be slid together in horizontal stacks to alleviate the storage dilemma. Watson claimed that each of the new carts required only a fifth of the space that Goldman’s folding carts took up. In response, Goldman patented another telescoping version. Later they got into a legal fight over the patent, but Goldman won the right to license the telescopic version of the cart.

AI enabled shopping carts
Artificial intelligence has been applied to many industries and can be found everywhere in life, such as navigation, car interaction systems, robots, etc. Even the shopping carts have gradually become smart.

If customers can activate a supermarket trolley through a variety of ways such as swiping faces, scanning codes, and hand input, this shopping cart can synchronize member information in real time, receive coupons from stores and brands, customers can shop and settle by self-service method of scanning barcodes, and leave the store through an intelligent gate without manual verification, would you find it particularly convenient?

A new type shopping cart can make it! It is designed with integrated hardware and software, and equipped with a variety of sensors such as fusion machine vision and gravity sensing. It integrates loading, marketing, settlement and data collection, and through the anti-fraud identification technology of machine vision + multi-sensor fusion + deep learning, AI special technology is seamlessly linked with intelligent sensing algorithm technology and camera system, big data platform, using advanced indoor positioning technology to digitally transform and upgrade traditional stores.

Such a shopping cart can make the shopping life take on an entirely new look. The  data-driven shopping cart is like a personal butler that understands the needs of customers, interacts with customers in real time and efficiently, enriches customer perception, allows customers to immerse themselves in shopping, empowers the retail environment with creative technology, and creates a happy new experience for customers. Therefore, many shopping cart manufacturers start to produce smart carts to meet an increasing needs of supermarkets.

The shopping cart can synchronize brand activities and supermarket activities, and at the same time, it can accurately deliver special offers according to members’ consumption habits. The shopping cart will not only recommend coupons when customers log in and scan the code, but also has a precise Bluetooth positioning function, which will follow the customer’s current area, intelligently push the corresponding area coupons and provide the best solution at checkout, automatically deduct the maximum coupons and display the discount price, so that customers can complete their consumption clearly.

Best shopping carts in 2022
There are many options of retail shopping carts to choose from, so how do you know which one is the best? Here the top 3 best shopping carts available are shared with you to help you make the correct selection.

190L Double Seats Style Trolley
Made of steel, with a loading capacity of 50Kg-100Kg and volume of 190L, this shopping cart is designed and produced by Suzhou Yuanda, a company that makes shopping carts for supermarkets and has been specialized in the study, design and production of supermarkets shelves, warehouse racks, shopping trolley, plastic baskets and other logistic equipment.

VersaCart Transit Folding Shopping Cart
With a nearly five-star rating, the VersaCart Transit Folding Shopping Cart is easily one of the most popular foldable shopping carts around. Lined with a detachable, extra-large, water-resistant canvas bag, this bag makes transporting your essentials.

Pipishell Shopping Cart
An oldie but a goodie, the Pipishell Shopping Cart is as classic as they come. This utility shopping cart has a three-height, comfort-grip adjustable handle; front swivel wheels for easy maneuverability; and stable support thanks to its durable iron tube design. And at just 10 pounds, this shopping cart is great for anyone looking for a pick on the lighter side.

Post time: Aug-15-2022

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