Smart shopping carts with GPS tracking that unlock with a QR code instead of a coin could be the way to go for Australian supermarkets and shoppers.
The technology called sMart Lock Trolley could prevent shoppers from taking shopping carts outside of shopping districts and reduce the incidence of trolley dumping that costs municipalities and retailers thousands of fines each year.
This latest invention will revolutionize the way customers and retailers use shopping carts. It would allow shoppers to unlock their trolley with a QR code through the sMart Shop App, which would make a $ 2 deposit to unlock the trolley. Buyers would then have their money refunded once the cart was turned and re-locked.
All sMart Lock trolleys can also report their GPS location to the retailer’s or trolley collector’s mobile app and offer turn-by-turn navigation to give users continuous directions for a selected route to get their trolley to an approved one Bring back the place of delivery.
Domenic Ammendolia, founder of Trolley Data Management Network (TDMN), the company behind the sMart Lock Trolleys, said GPS technology was successfully tested in Harris Farm Markets in Manly, Sydney and will soon be rolled out in other stores.
“The store manager (at Manly) was amazed at how closely we were able to track off-site trolleys and how quick and easy it was for their team members to find them,” he said.
He said the concept for sMart Lock trolleys was born with the recognition that most shoppers often pay with a card or smartphone and don’t always have coins with them to unlock trolleys.
“I thought to myself, ‘Why can I pay for groceries with Apple Pay, everyone with a credit card, others with Google Pay, but I need a coin for the shopping cart?’
“We can save retailers and municipalities money by implementing this system, and a small part of the responsibility is placed on the user. So many people worry about the environment and environmental damage as well as property and personal damage from trolleys. “