We’ve seen some incredible changes in grocery over the last 2 months. Store sanitation and the safety of customers and employees has become more important than ever: Plexiglass barriers, something no retailer ever thought it would need to investigate, have been installed at hundreds of store locations. Many stores also have several employees exclusively cleaning shopping carts. If we’ve learned anything as a result of COVID-19, it’s that customer and employee expectations for sanitation and cleanliness are more important than ever.
Which brings us to the picture in this article…This is an active cart at an open store. This may have been tolerated before COVID-19 by customers, but moving forward – it’s unlikely having this type of cart in your store will be well-received by customers.
The unsightly appearance aside, rust is a haven for bacteria growth (COVID-19 is a viral infection not bacterial but you don’t want either of these living on your carts). The message about store cleanliness you are trying to send with plexiglass barriers and floor markings will easily get lost on your customers if they have no choice but to use a rusty cart. Store employees also have to retrieve these from parking lots, which means they are frequently touching and handling areas of the cart besides the handles.
Bemis carts will never rust. The increased surface area on our carts can collect more dirt and dust, but that can be easily cleaned (as opposed to rust). In fact, Bemis handles were specifically designed without store logos and snap on grips to make them easier to clean. Our carts also use advanced material formulations that allow them to sit in the sun without fading and cracking.
Grocery stores are on the frontlines of COVID-19 along with our healthcare professionals: The medical industry has used various types of plastic materials to make hospitals and their equipment more sanitary and easier to clean. Shopping carts are the one piece of equipment you can count on customers using in your store – at Bemis we’ve made a cart that’s ideal for providing your customers a more sanitary and safer experience. If you are a retailer that struggles with rusty carts, now is the perfect time to upgrade and send a message to your customers that sanitation and cleanliness are a priority for your stores.