noise, nesting challenges, broken handles and
bent frames.” Additionally, the memory in the
plastic enables the cart to return to its original
shape if hit.
Americana Companies is currently working on a new design for its shopping carts.
Terry Swanson, president of the Omaha, Neb.,
based- company, says the newly designed plas-
tic carts will feature 100 percent antimicrobial
additives to protect customers from any
growth of bacteria, mold or fungi for the life
of the cart. That message can be printed on
each shopping cart to bring customer aware-
ness that their carts are cleaner and safer than
the average cart.
In addition, the company’s Luv Seat child
safety division recently designed an antimicrobial seat belt and new buckle mold. Retailers
can print their store name and logo on the
new seat belt, which passes the ASTM F2372-
11a test for safety. Swanson says the company
also worked with several designers to produce
a shopping cart wheel that will not flat spot for
up to five years. “This will save retailers money
and improve customer satisfaction,” he says.
For 2016, Americana is introducing an antimicrobial handle to include cup holders, cell-phone holder and a secure purse hook. The
company plans to offer this on its most popular plastic AMP- 17 shopping cart to start.
A SUSTAINABLE FRONT;END
Officials at Brasco International, based in
Madison Heights, Mich., say the emphasis on
sustainable practices and quality are two key
trends influencing front-end equipment today.
In 2015, the company sold its first shopping
cart corral with solar powered lighting packages to Clements Marketplace in Rhode Island.
According to Jennifer Evans, director of
sales and marketing at Brasco, every product is
made in-house and Brasco can easily tailor its
designs to match individual branding requests.
“We help extend the store message to patrons
and leave lasting impressions on their behalf.
While customers typically do not know or care
about who makes those nice cart corrals they
do remember the store that always has dry
carts with those quality corrals that they have
not seen anywhere else,” says Evans.
Brasco will soon debut more cart corral
options with solar lighting packages. “The
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