Shopping Cart Day
Shopping Cart Day is observed next on Sunday, June 4th, 2023 (127 days from today).
Shopping Cart Day on June 4th calls for a celebration of the wheeled baskets we use to make our way through supermarket aisles. The inventor of the shopping cart wanted to increase the time customers spend in the supermarket to maximize overall profitability by expanding the vehicle to temporarily transport items in the store. The original design included baskets and transportability elements. Many other points related to ease of towing; wheel rotation and weight of the material must also be considered. In the early days, shopping trolleys were not popular as many men found the idea too 'feminine' for them, while many women thought that shopping carts would be too similar to pushing a stroller.
History of Shopping Cart Day
Shopping Cart Day on June 4th celebrates the invention of the efficient shopping cart, a huge success in making shopping more convenient. Shopping trolleys are not needed to increase supermarket profits. Supermarkets started becoming popular in the 1920s, but people didn't start using trolleys until the late 1930s. Instead, customers had to carry wire baskets that would become too heavy after purchase a little. This leads to a limited number of supermarkets sold. Seeing this trend, Sylvan Goldman, an American businessman and owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma came up with the idea of creating a shopping cart.
Goldman inspired a folding chair. He placed a wire basket on a folding chair, rolling it around the office to see how it worked. Realizing he might be on to something, Goldman enlisted the help of his employee and mechanic, Fred Young. This briefcase was designed before the final product was invented in 1937. It was a metal frame that held two wire baskets and Goldman called it folding baskets. However, it would be a few years before the shopping cart really exploded because customers at the time believed it was too bad or too annoying. Once a master of solutions, Goldman hired attractive male and female models to use trolleys in its store, and it wasn't long before the public started using them, too. Over the next few decades, shopping cart design will undergo a number of changes. Some designs include a child seat while others have a foldable rear for increased storage and space saving.
Some facts about Shopping
- The first time having complaint from a customer is 4,000 years old
The first customer service complaint was in Mesopotamia 4,000 years ago when a customer named Nanni complained about being sold poor quality copper ingots.
- Divorce papers sold through vending machines
In the late 1800s, it was possible to have divorce papers via a vending machine for $2.50 in Utah.
- Wear high heels to spend less
A study at Brigham Young University indicates that if you don't want to spend too much money shopping, you should do so when wearing heels.
- More shopping malls than schools in the US
In the US there are more shopping malls than schools.
- Most Americans can't afford emergencies
63% of Americans don't have enough savings to pay for an emergency of just $500.
Some reasons for Shopping Cart Day being loved
- It's a celebration of shopping carts
Shopping carts have come a long way since their invention and that's saying something, as they're less than a century old. Many people have benefited from them, especially in terms of time and energy, due to their effectiveness and ease of use.
- It's a celebration of shopping
Shopping is retail therapy, yes. However, this day also reminds us to be mindful of where and how we spend our money. While it's great to splurge every now and then, it's always good to have money saved up for rainy days.
- It's a celebration of globalization
Shopping carts started out in one city in the US, but today they can be found in almost every other country in the world. Globalization has broadened our horizons by bringing us closer together in the way we use common things in our daily lives, no matter what part of the world we are from.
How to celebrate Shopping Cart Day
- Use shopping carts
Visit the supermarket with your shopping list to make good use of the cart. You will appreciate how easy it is to create a shopping cart for your customers. The ample space allows you to put all your items around without having to worry about carrying heavy loads.
- Mechanical Appreciation
Everything, at its core, operates on a complex web of elements, and shopping carts are no different. Goldman and Young worked tirelessly to come up with a great design that not only benefits their clients but also the entrepreneurs involved. This history makes it fun to read and expands your knowledge of how things are made.
- Skip cart
We are telling you to skip shopping cart usage on Shopping Cart Day but listen to us. It is said that you only appreciate something when you no longer have it. Therefore, try to do your shopping on the shopping cart and see for yourself how useful it really is. Share your experience with others so they know about it too.
ObservedShopping Cart Day has been observed annually on June 4th.
Friday, June 4th, 2021
Saturday, June 4th, 2022
Sunday, June 4th, 2023
Tuesday, June 4th, 2024
Wednesday, June 4th, 2025