Shopping Carts: 6 Benefits of Utility Carts

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The term “utility cart” can mean different things based on context. After all, an object’s utility simply refers to its usefulness, usually for a specific range of tasks. In a restaurant, for instance, a utility cart often refers to a multi-tray service/bus cart that can easily roll back and forth from the kitchen and floor to transport dishes and food. Utility carts in industrial settings tend to look similar, but instead of carrying dishes and silverware, the multi-tiered trays of these carts carry equipment and tools. When it comes to the realm of retail and grocery, however, utility carts mainly refer to personal folding shopping carts. These convenient carts can be quite useful for customers with various needs and preferences. Let’s outline six major benefits of utility shopping carts. 

1. Portable

If you’re going to own your own shopping cart, you have to think about how and where you’ll store it as well as how you’ll transport it from point A to point B. Standard carts can take up plenty of space and they don’t tend easily to fit in a car or bus. Folding utility carts elegantly solve both of these problems. These carts are portable by design, featuring a collapsible basket that can fold in when empty, rendering the cart flat and compact. By flattening your utility cart this way, you can easily store it under a bed, in a closet, garage, basement, den — you name it — and comfortably set it in the trunk or on the seat of a car. Those who take public transportation can also carry their portable shopping carts on and off the vehicle with little hassle.

2. Versatile

Shopping utility carts earn their title by being useful in more ways than one. Sure, most people initially purchase a folding cart to facilitate their grocery shopping experience. However, once you have a utility cart in your possession, you might quickly discover new applications for it. Utility carts come in handy for transporting laundry, picking up toys, carrying sports equipment, tools, gardening supplies, miscellaneous objects, and so much more. Ultimately, if there is a need to move multiple things from one location to another, a utility cart can make the process much easier.

3. Easy to Maneuver

There’s no denying the convenience of walking into a store and grabbing a shopping cart in the breezeway or entryway. However, a store’s in-house shopping carts are not always the easiest to maneuver for a number of reasons. For one thing, they’re often larger and heavier than a standard folding utility cart, making them more susceptible to bumping into aisles and shelves. Secondly, because regular carts are regularly used by various customers, they can wear down somewhat quickly. Over time, this wear and tear can affect the cart’s wheels and axles and therefore lessen its maneuverability. And lastly, the size and height of standard shopping carts can impede visibility. Portable utility carts, on the other hand, tend to be smaller, shorter, and lighter. On top of that, they undergo far less wear and tear. These factors help make folding carts easier to maneuver.

4. Spacious Enough

At first glance, it might not seem that portable carts would be able to carry all that much. On the contrary, though, utility carts have a surprisingly large capacity. It’s true, of course, that these carts are not as spacious as a standard or large cart. Still, utility carts are often spacious enough for small and medium-sized shopping trips, offering plenty of depth for items to stack.

5. Durable

While not all folding utility carts are created equal, some can be quite durable. Most of these carts are built from strong metals and/or plastic. But beyond mere construction, it’s worth keeping in mind that, as mentioned earlier, utility carts don’t often undergo the same level of use and wear and tear as other carts. In other words, as long as you take good care of your cart, properly store it, use it only when necessary, etc., it can last you a long time — perhaps decades.

6. Personal

Lastly, owning a folding utility cart can give you peace of mind when shopping and more control over your life in general. Personal shopping carts are not touched and breathed on by various people like in-house, customer-use carts. While germ transmission occurs whenever you’re in public, you at least won’t have to worry about other people’s germs ending up on your personal cart’s handle. Additionally, having your own cart simply is a worthwhile investment, especially if you take good care of it (as mentioned above) — again, consider how many ways you can use your utility cart, even if you don’t go grocery shopping all that often. 

Utility carts come in many forms. But if you’re looking for a personal utility shopping cart, your best bet is to look into portable folding carts. Quality personal folding carts are easy to transport and store, useful in multiple ways, maneuverable, spacious, durable, and, best of all, yours.Good L Corporation delivers innovative shopping cart and basket solutions for retailers on a global scale. From a fleet of new custom carts to launch your store opening, to replacement baskets that supplement your existing shop supply, Good L Corp can configure the right carryall strategy to boost your retail business. Let’s get started! Contact us today for a no-pressure sales quote.

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