Lifetime of Shopping Carts
We calculated that the typical shopping cart lasts for 5.9 years based on credible data provided by multiple industry sources. The fewest number of years that any industry source said that a shopping cart lasts for is two years, while the greatest number of years that any industry source said that a shopping cart lasts for is ten years. Below is an explanation of our research methodology, the information that we found about how long a typical shopping cart lasts, our calculations for how long a typical shopping cart lasts, and additional information about shopping carts.
We found credible information about how long a typical shopping cart lasts and thus, provided all the requested information about this topic. Before delving into that information, we just wanted to briefly mention that the reason we used a credible source from 2012 for this information is because it provided data from five, very credible industry sources regarding how long shopping carts last. Since our goal was to determine how long a typical shopping cart lasts, this was the best source for us to use because it allowed us to factor in five different data points from multiple industry sources in the U.S. This was better than finding just one source that purported to state how long a typical shopping cart lasts, without factoring in information from other sources. We then used that data provided by the five industry sources and calculate the average length of time that a typical shopping cart lasts for. That data and our calculations are described below.
how long a typical shopping cart lasts
- To determine how long the typical shopping cart lasts, we found information about such from five different industry sources (four executives/directors and one company).
- The first industry executive is Craig Smith who is the owner of a shopping cart retail distributor company called Premier Carts which is based in Kansas. According to Smith, "[m]ost shopping carts last four to six years in high-volume stores." However, Smith further notes that shopping carts "can last longer if they are kept inside and taken care of."
- The second industry executive is Jesse Roche who is a director at a Florida-based company called Jimco Maintenance Inc. which provides a "preventive maintenance program" for shopping carts. According to Roche, "carts will last eight years with Jimco's preventive maintenance program, while carts on a reactive maintenance program will last four years, and carts with no maintenance will last two years."
- The third industry executive is Phil Goodell who is the president of a "[Tenn[essee]-based shopping cart distributor [called] Good L Corp." According to Goodell, carts that are not located in "tough, urban" places "should last over five years." Goodell also notes that "shopping carts should be inspected and repaired at least annually."
- The fourth industry company is Swanson of America. According to Swanson, "[m]ost [shopping] carts will last at least five years in high-volume stores and seven to 10 years in medium-volume stores if they are kept in good working condition." Swanson also notes that shopping carts should be repaired "after 12 to 18 months to avoid excessive repair costs."
- The fifth industry source is Dennis Curtin who is a director at the supermarket chain Weis Markets, which is based in Pennsylvania. According to Curtin, "[t]he [shopping] carts last an average of seven years."
calculating the average length of time a shopping cart lasts
- Given the similar, yet slightly differing estimates of how long typical shopping carts last, we decided to average the time estimates provided by the aforementioned, five industry sources instead of relying solely on any one of them to the exclusion of the other credible sources.
- Before we do so, we want to reiterate that most of the above sources noted that the amount of time a typical shopping cart lasts depends on factors such as how busy the store is, maintenance/repair, and weather.
- Also, some of the sources provided more than one time-duration range based on such factors.
- Since our goal is to determine how long a typical shopping cart lasts, we first listed the low and peak range of the time spectrums provided and then determined and utilized the averages within those ranges for calculating how long a typical shopping cart lasts (with those calculations included below).
- The average length of time for how long a typical shopping cart lasts, according to the above-mentioned industry sources are as follows: (1) 4-6 years; (2) 2-8 years; (3) more than 5 years; (4) 5-10 years; and (5) 7 years.
- For the sources that provided time ranges, we used the average within those ranges for calculating how long a typical shopping cart lasts.
- Those averages are as follows: (1) 5 years (the average of 4-6 years, since 4+6 = 10 and 10/2 = 5); (2) 5 years (the average of 2-8 years, since 2+8 = 10 and 10/2 = 5); and (3) 7.5 years (the average of 5-10 years, since 5+10 = 15 and 15/2 = 7.5).
- Lastly, for the source that said shopping carts "last over five years," we used five years as the data point because it was the sole concrete number provided by that source.
- Next, we used those averages that we calculated and the concrete numbers provided by the other sources and added them together as the first step in calculating how long a typical shopping cart lasts.
- That calculation was as follows: 5 + 5 + 7.5 + 5 + 7 = 29.5.
- To calculate the average, we then divided that sum (29.5) by five (the number of data points used), which equals 5.9.
- Thus, according to our data-based calculation, a typical shopping cart lasts 5.9 years.
additional, INTERESTING information about shopping carts
- In addition to the above information about how long a typical shopping cart lasts, we also found some more interesting information about shopping carts.
- First, we found that "[m]ost manufacturers of polyurethane wheels [which are used on shopping carts] state the average life of a wheel is 2 years. So replacement of wheels should only happen upon the wear and tear of an approximate 2 year cycle."
- Second, according to the president of a shopping cart manufacturer, between "20 million to 25 million sets of [shopping cart] wheels [are] on retail sales floors at any given time."
- Third, the average grocery store in the U.S. has between 200 and 250 shopping carts.
- Lastly, the shopping cart has been around since 1937.