Scrap yards, random apartment buildings, rivers, the side of highways…stray shopping cart turn up everywhere. Some even find their way onto containers and are shipped overseas. No matter what happens, cart theft is a significant cost for many retailers to recover or replace these stolen carts. But…what if you didn’t have to look? What if you could always know where your carts were?
At Bemis, we’re committed to helping retailers solve their biggest cart challenges. We’ve realized that our carts can uniquely help address the problem of cart theft: For over a year we’ve been developing and testing various technology solutions to track shopping carts anywhere outdoors.
Bemis carts are ideally suited for this because they use a modular, polymer design. The modular design allows tracking devices to be installed INSIDE the cart, away from view and protected from the elements. This also allows the tracking device to be easily retrofitted. The all-polymer construction of Bemis carts also leads to less radio wave interference.
Our CartTrac system can be used to enable easy and efficient cart retrieval: When a cart leaves your property, an alert can be sent via email containing the cart’s location on a map. Your cart retrieval (whether it’s in-house or an outside company) can than easily retrieve the cart without looking and searching.
One retailer went a step further and used this system to determine WHO was actually taking their carts. Many of their stolen carts consistently went to the same location and followed a similar path to get there. Using this information, they were able to work with local officials and put a permanent end to this form of cart loss. Do you have stores that struggle with shopping cart theft? Our CartTrac solution can be easily deployed with no installation in many cases.
You might be surprised to find out what is actually happening to your stolen carts.