Business: Supermarket: Trolley: Ergonomics
Trolley height adjuster   (+8)  [vote for, against]
To help people with bad backs I guess

Whilst working on a till yesterday, one of my customers commented that she wished the trolleys were shallower, so as to be able to reach products at the bottom of the trolley with greater ease. I pointed out to her that there are shallow trolleys availiable. She said that they weren't suited to doing large amounts of shopping with, which gave me this idea.
Next to one of the rear wheels would be a pedal which when pushed would raise the floor of the shopping trolley a set increment, similar to raising a car on a jack. As you empty the trolley you keep pushing the pedal, and raising your purchases up towards you. Pushing the pedal upwards would reset the trolley to its original depth.
-- kaz, May 19 2002

under: Product, shopping cart http://www.halfbake...20packing_20trolley
yours is an excellent one, kaz. [po, May 19 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Am I the only person on this website to have come up with any ideas for trolleys? Or has everybody else just deleted them?
-- kaz, May 19 2002

I'm touched by your kindness [po]
-- kaz, May 19 2002

aside to audience - am so glad I didn't mention torlleys!
-- po, May 19 2002

Oh shite, and there was me thinking I'd got away without any spelling mistakes.
-- kaz, May 19 2002

What we in the U.S. would call a trolley (a people-mover that runs on rails and typically receives power from overhead wires, or a vehicle made up to look like same) the British would call a tram. What the British would call a trolley we would call a pushcart, generally, or quite commonly a "shopping cart".
-- supercat, May 19 2002

Boffo idea. I considered suggesting the use of springs, but then realized that a few heavy items would weigh the bottom down and defeat the purpose.
-- phoenix, May 19 2002

2 months ago, I conducted a poll in another forum which led to a "civil" war over the proper term: Cart, Trolley, Trundle, Hell On Wheels and something else...
Resulted in a tie, BTW
There are/were hellcartrundleys which were of a shallow depth - They are/were well designed.
cart slid/es up to the checkout stand where the basket barely hovers over the counter surface.
Front end drops so the goodies can be taken straight out by the checker.
The strong support for the basket itself is on the side
Checkout counter base is/was of design to allow wheels to pass as well.
Taken together, this allows the hellcartrundley to slide straight through to the back of the checkout counter, where the basket's front end is simply popped back up, ready to be used by another shopper or to haul groceries out to vehicle.
At no point in the checkout experience is the cart clumslily in the way of the checker or the customer.
-- thumbwax, May 19 2002

clumslily - this is breathtakingly beautiful . anyone like a cutting?
-- po, May 19 2002

<SWAT>Put down the knife</SWAT>
-- thumbwax, May 19 2002

thumbwax's idea sounds quite cool, but what if you tip up the hellcartrundley, and there is something breakable at the front like a box of lightbulbs? wouldn't they just be crushed by everything else tryng to pile out on top of them?
-- kaz, May 20 2002

It's not my idea, it's Baked.
-- thumbwax, May 20 2002

[kaz]: I think I'm familiar with the grocerial transportation devices that [thumbwax] is referring to. The basket part doesn't tip. The front "wall" of the cart folds outward and lays flat on the counter to ease removal of items by the clerk. Items can now be slid out the now open front of the cart at counter height instead of reaching down in the basket and lifting. I think you may have been visualizing something more like a dump truck.
-- half, May 20 2002

[thumbwax] sorry thought it was your idea, well it still sounds cooler.
-- kaz, May 20 2002

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