Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to KBB.com or another third party source to look at the total cost of owning that car you really want...Most people reading this would LOVE a 3rd party evaluation on cost of ownership for shopping carts…It just doesn’t exist. As buyers and facilities managers, you have to do your own homework on what equipment really costs you. At Bemis, we’ve spent time working with retailers' facilities departments and various service companies to understand how much a company is really spending over the life of their carts. Many retailers are shocked once they really begin to dive into their true cart ownership costs. It's expensive to pay crews of two to weld, grind and refurbish hundreds, if not thousands, of carts per year.
It's these costs that Bemis carts are designed to reduce.
Since the shopping cart as we know it was first developed by Orla Watson in 1946 (He invented the nesting shopping cart)…It has become one of the most ubiquitous and commonplace items in the world. So why should we strive to have the same looking carts as everyone else? Aren’t we trying to differentiate our stores? If you look at the original carts from 1946…they look exactly the same as many carts we see today. If you were to walk into a grocery store from 1946, EVERYTHING would look different compared to a store of 2020. What we want customers to experience when they shop our stores have changed over 60 years: We encourage them to sit down and eat, to browse, to grab a cup of coffee, take a cooking a class and much more. But for many stores, shopping carts haven’t kept up with that change. Your checkout registers look mightily different versus those of the 1950s…Why should your shopping carts look like they are from the same era?
Holiday shopping can be stressful: Long lines, lists of items to purchase, tired shoppers and then, there are the family gatherings themselves… Because of the sheer volume of food (and maybe spirits) required for these occasions, these shopping trips are some of the largest of the year for many retailers. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to fit everything you need for the Thanksgiving Dinner into your shopping cart. Are the trendy, smaller “two-tier” carts up to the challenge of a Thanksgiving Shopping Trip?