Coralling & Hobbling Shopping Carts Part II

In April, Safeway implemented the Carttronics cart control system. Basically, it is an electronic control system which prevents the easy removal of the carts from the parking lot…

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If the cart goes beyond a certain point, the front wheel locks…

 

I have already noticed behavioral changes in some people. For example, one of Petaluma’s most prolific “Kart Kleptos” now uses a K-Mart Cart or a Staples Cart when shopping at Safeway…or any other store for that matter.

A more practical solution frequently employed by determined Safeway “cartnappers” is to simply transfer their groceries to the cart of another store (currently Staples is the number one choice, with K-Mart and Longs as close runners-up) and take off.

Of course this means the other stores are probably wondering where all their carts are going.

Raley’s in Petaluma recently opened a new store with an electronics cart control system similar to the one installed by Safeway…

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Raley’s also stenciled warnings in the parking lot…

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The systems installed by Raley’s and Safeway have drastically reduced the number of abandoned shopping carts in our environment…Reducing scenes such as these…

A resounding thanks to both stores!

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