Mariano’s Arlington Heights Replaces Shopping Carts with New Security Features and Easier Rolling

The new full-size polymer plastic shopping cart at Mariano's in Arlington Heights
The new full-size polymer plastic shopping cart at Mariano's in Arlington Heights.

Mariano’s Arlington Heights store at 802 East Northwest Highway replaced all their metal shopping carts with all-polymer plastic grocery carts with security features on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Following a major task to get all morning customers off the old carts and into the new carts on Friday morning, everything was running smoothly. The carts feel lighter and easier to push and steer. They also roll more quietly.




The carts still come in two sizes — a full-size cart and the smaller quick shopping cart. The carts have handles that favor ergonomics with a shape that puts shoppers’ hands and wrists at a more comfortable position while pushing, turning or pulling either cart. The old straight handlebar of older carts put hands and wrists in a position known as ulnar deviation. That means your “pinky” or fifth metatarsal side of shoppers’ hand deviate toward the ulna bone or outer position of the forearm when hands are palms down. With the slight bend of the new shopping cart handle, the ulnar deviation is diminished. The more neutral position is usually safer in preventing cumulative trauma to the wrists and hands — also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorders, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The gentle bend of the handlebar also helps shopper performance. It’s even easier to turn a lightly loaded cart with one hand.

There are two new loss prevention features included with the new shopping carts.




One feature is designed to prevent people from rolling the carts off the property, and taking them home. At a certain perimeter at the edge of the parking lot, brakes are applied and the cart cannot be rolled any further.

The second feature applies the brakes on the shopping cart if a shopper attempts to take a cart out the exit if they didn’t pay while going through the the checkout lanes, or if they try to exit the store without passing the checkout lane at all.

Shopping cart warning at Mariano's in Arlington Heights
Shopping cart warning at Mariano’s in Arlington Heights.
Extra warning about security features on Mariano's new grocery carts
Extra warning about security features on Mariano’s new grocery carts.

The polymer plastic carts are supposed to be more durable than the steel cart, and are also supposed to be less likely to bend out of alignment. The new carts definitely roll better than the old steel carts.

There was only one slight problem with “Nesting”: The smaller carts can be a little harder to drive the front of the cart into the back of another cart for storage. However, just a slight lift of the handlebar of the rear cart helps get the front of the cart to push into the rear panel of the front cart. The manufacturer claims that nesting and de-nesting is done smoothly. This is probably true compared to some of the other “catching” that occurs in the older steel carts.

The new full-size polymer plastic shopping cart at Mariano's in Arlington Heights
The new full-size polymer plastic shopping cart at Mariano’s in Arlington Heights.




Rear view of the smaller  two-tier shopping cart with rear-loading capability under the ergonomic handlebar and cupholders
Rear view of the smaller two-tier shopping cart with rear-loading capability into the lower tier under the ergonomic handlebar and cupholders.




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Advanced Two-tier All-Polymer Plastic Cart information for the big cart and small cart from carts4u.com.

BIG CART HIGHLIGHTS

Manufactured in the USA with industry-leading technology

The patented polymer unique material allows an impressive weight capacity of up to 1200 pounds.

Longest life-span compared any other cart

Rust proof and the color will not fade in the sun

3 year manufacturer warranty

Modular design that improves sustainability and reduces maintenance costs.

Non-marking wheels reducing floor maintenance

Frame doesn’t bent and wheels maintain their alignment reducing wheel replacement frequency

Easier collection with its rear wheel lift

Eco friendly

Option to put logo on side panels

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Loaded with standard cart features for customer convenience: Beverage holder, Flower holder, Smart device holder, Bag hooks

A smoother quieter ride with its high performance wheels

Nests and de- nests smoothly

Child Seat lower and safer

Retractable seat belt

Easier to clean flat handle

THE SMALL CART HIGHLIGHTS

Manufactured in the USA with industry-leading technology

Longest life-span compared to any other cart

Rust proof and the color will not fade in the sun

3 year manufacturer warranty

Modular design that improves sustainability and reduces maintenance costs.

Non-marking wheels reducing floor maintenance

Frame doesn’t bent and wheels maintain their alignment reducing wheel replacement frequency

Easier collection with its rear wheel lift

Eco friendly

Option to put logo on side panels

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Loaded with standard cart features for customer convenience: Beverage holder, Flower holder, Smart device holder, Bag hooks

A smoother quieter ride with its high performance wheels

Nests and de- nests smoothly

Retractable seat belt

Easier to clean handle