The end of the coin in the shopping cart? This is how Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Co. are preparing for the future

Shopping trolleys help customers to easily get their groceries and purchases from the shelf to the checkout or to the car. If there is no shopping cart, customers also buy less.

This is one of the reasons why the shopping trolley experts are looking to the future in their factory. Consumers and retailers are looking for digital solutions to make shopping easier.

The focus is also on the deposit lock on the shopping trolley. Functionality and appearance have changed little since the mid-1980s. That could now suddenly change.

The deposit system was introduced because more and more shopping trolleys were lost or lost. Customers who lived near a supermarket branch were used to pushing the shopping cart home.

Employees used to be specially hired to collect the buying aids. They then found them on sidewalks, parking lots, in courtyards and gardens. When the deposit lock was introduced and this concept became widespread, the trend declined significantly.

On the one hand, customers got their money back, on the other hand, it was indirectly made clear to them that they had to return the shopping trolley. The deposit lock therefore not only has a financial, but also a psychological effect.

Manufacturers are now going one step further. Wanzl has been working on the smart trolley, the digital, unlockable shopping trolley, for years. Customers can unlock it via smartphone or smartwatch. Classic coins or chips are thus superfluous.

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