After Colruyt earlier, Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn has now also decided to inflate shopping carts without a coin in them. “We assume that our customers are responsible citizens who will return their cart without a coin.”
A little round of applause for yourself, dear supermarket visitor: What seemed unimaginable for years – without a coin as a deposit, shopping carts left in the parking lot – can now be done after all. Albert Hein would try without the shopping cart tokens.
According to the Dutch supermarket chain, coins are no longer needed to prevent, for example, theft of shopping carts. In a more digital society, coins often cause irritation among customers. “Not everyone has money in their pocket these days. Then the customer has to go to the service desk again to get such a coin.” These replacement coins are also often made of plastic. By stopping the shopping cart coins, We provide a mountain of plastic.”
Colruyt actually canceled the coins earlier. In Albert Hein, consciousness leaked during Corona when coins temporarily disappeared due to the virus. Then it turns out that no more shopping carts were suddenly stolen. The coinage system will also disappear in Belgium in the following months. Spokesperson Anne Maes: “We assume that all of our customers are responsible citizens who will return their shopping cart to its central place after it has been used, even without a coin system. As a general rule, all of our carts are literally out of chain. Except as it may lead to a security issue.”
“During Corona, we actually worked with ‘dismantled carts’ for health reasons, and that turned out to be very difficult in a limited number of places.” Mais refers to stores that have parking directly on the highway, or have ramp parking. “As a customer, you don’t really want to have a bulging stroller on the legs.”
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