Necessity Is the Mother of All Invention

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July 26, 2021

Feature Article in Produce Show Daily for FMI Connect 2015, 6/09/2015

Necessity Is the Mother of All Invention: The C3 Device For Complete Cart Control

A typical supermarket must retrieve over 5000 shopping carts from the parking lot each week—and that’s if only
33% of customers use a cart.*

Unfortunately, cart attendants routinely injure themselves from the physical strain of pushing and especially turning
a heavy line of shopping carts. Also, shopping carts routinely get away from attendants, occasionally striking cars or people.


The C3 Device for Front-end Operations

The patented C3 Device is an elegant, innovative solution to serious issues associated with shopping cart retrieval, which is: labor-intensive, physically demanding and hazardous to property and guests. The C3 Device was developed with the cart attendant in mind, to make their job: easier, safer, more productive.


The Benefits of the C3 Device

The patented C3 Device has become an industry standard among the nation’s leading grocers and retailers thanks to its compelling benefits:

1. It reduces costly wear-and-tear on non-pivoting casters (flat spots created by scraping a line of casters laterally while maneuvering them).

2. It increases productivity—thanks to reduced fatigue and the fact that more carts can safely be retrieved per trip.

3. It reduces the likelihood that an employee will sustain a strain-induced injury from pushing a line of carts.

4. It reduces company costs related to runaway shopping carts.

Photo description: Due to the ergonomic benefits of lifting some of the non-pivoting cart casters, maneuvering 8 shopping carts with the C3 Device usually requires less force than 5 without.

Visit C3 LLC at booth 2719—west of the FMI Member Lounge—for more information and to try the C3 Safety Rope today.

*Based on 2013 FMI Supermarket Facts: A median weekly sales of $482,160 per supermarket with an average of $30.62 in sales per transaction.


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