TikTok videos show exasperated Target shoppers battling carts that lock in place — and it shows how anti-theft measures make the shopping experience worse – Yahoo News

Nearly 2 million shopping carts are stolen each year, costing retailers an estimated $800 million.
Videos of shoppers battling anti-theft devices on carts in a Target parking lot have gone viral on TikTok.
The reaction to the clip reveals how frustrating loss-prevention measures can be for customers.
On a drizzly December day in Olympia, Washington, a woman in a red windbreaker is rolling her Target shopping cart laden with a stack of baskets when she abruptly grinds to a halt.
“Skrrrt! It’s done!” A TikToker going by the name Taylor Ann cheerfully narrates in a video of the moment, which has amassed over 4.4 million views on TikTok. The TikToker did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The red-jacketed customer — one of a half-dozen stymied shoppers in the clip — eventually resorted to what Taylor Ann described as “the bunny trick,” doing little wheelies to hop her cart a few feet closer to her vehicle.
All were victims of an unfortunate combination of apparently crowded holiday parking lots and a likely new rollout of a cart-control system from Gatekeeper, the shopping cart loss-prevention provider that says it serves 47 of the 50 largest retailers in the world.
Whether and when a particular store gets Gatekeeper for its carts is determined on an individual store basis, a Target spokesperson told Insider. The company declined to comment on this specific instance.
Taylor Ann acknowledges the technology has been around for years, but it can still come as a surprise when it arrives at your store.
The system typically depends on an embedded antenna that works as an invisible fence, though some locations have a wireless solution that has a signal range of about 40 feet.
While the hardwired system is supposed to unlock carts that return within the perimeter, the video from Taylor Ann appears to show the wireless system failing to release carts that have ventured a bit too far. A growing herd of abandoned carts can be seen in the foreground as exasperated shoppers struggle to drag empty ones from the spot where they froze.
The same TikToker even returned for a second day to film a Part 2.
Gatekeeper says stores routinely shell out $15,000 per year for cart retrieval, maintenance, replacement, and fines from local governments for abandoned property. The Food Marketing Institute meanwhile estimates that 2 million shopping carts are stolen each year, costing retailers an upwards of $800 million globally.
Elsewhere in retail the push to reduce losses — or shrinkage, in industry parlance — can lead to real headaches for everyday customers who simply want to grab shampoo or razor blades only to encounter locked cabinets.
“I believe that it has progressed from slightly annoying to more than inconvenient,” Matthew Hollenbeck of Cape Coral, Florida, told Insider’s Ben Tobin.
Cart theft is part of a larger problem retailers say costs the industry nearly $100 billion, and stricter countermeasures run the risk of a 15% to 25% drop in sales, a security device maker told Forbes.
Loss-prevention remains a delicate balance for retailers as Walmart’s vice president of asset protection and retail operations, David Johnston, told Insider. “Long term, it’s probably not great for the customer experience.”
Read the original article on Business Insider
Half a century ago, humanity sent the last of its lunar explorers to the Moon in Apollo 17, and they did it without the benefit of modern computers or navigation systems. If you stop to think about what those scientists and astronauts accomplished with duct tape and bubblegum, it’s equal parts awe-inspiring and horrifying, and you can see it up close in The Last Man on the Moon, now streaming on Peacock. Consider what goes into getting to the Moon. On Earth, getting around is easier than ever, a
A horned frog is not actually an amphibian. It's a lizard. But TCU players have also adopted a meme mascot, the Hypnotoad.
To stay on top of changing weather conditions be sure to download our free WSOC-TV Weather app.
Many companies use the maneuver to control what departing employees can do when they leave for other jobs.
The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association claims 40,000 to 60,000 restaurants would close their doors almost overnight if the tipped wage increase continues as planned in February.
Certain side hustles can increase your earnings by a couple hundred dollars each month, or you can work in a few lesser-known gigs that allow you to earn up to $1,000 (or more) a month. Read: 8 Best…
Elon Musk has urged a federal judge to shift a trial in a shareholder lawsuit out of San Francisco because he says negative local media coverage has biased potential jurors against him. Instead, in a filing submitted late Friday — less than two weeks before the trial was set to begin on Jan. 17 — Musk's lawyers argue it should be moved to the federal court in the western district of Texas. The shareholder lawsuit stems from Musk's tweets in August 2018 when he said he had sufficient financing to take Tesla private at $420 a share — an announcement that caused heavy volatility in Tesla's share price.
Spirit Airlines is known for no-frills, rock bottom prices, while Southwest was once known for superior customer service. Delta Airlines seems to have, one might say, a philosophy of generosity. Last year, Delta teamed with Starbucks to give passengers a free e-gift card, and made arrangements where you could earn both Skymiles and loyalty points for both companies when you shop at either.
If you are investing money for retirement, chances are good that you're putting it into a traditional 401(k) or into a traditional IRA. Both offer upfront tax breaks so you get to deduct the amount you contribute to them in the year that you make the contribution. If you are investing in a 401(k), there's also a good chance your employer will match your contribution, while if you're investing in an IRA, you get your choice of brokerage firms and have access to a wide selection of investments.
New Englanders are contending with some of the highest electricity rates in the country this winter as they weather the transatlantic ripple effects of a global gas crunch. Residents of New England’s six states have thus far enjoyed a relatively mild winter without rolling blackouts. But skyrocketing rates — fueled by natural gas price surges…
Retired people need to stay busy and it never hurts to make extra cash, especially when you're on a fixed income. If you're thinking of working while retired, let's go over some of the best part-time jobs for retirees. Here are … Continue reading → The post 9 Best Part-Time Jobs for Retirees appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.
A former Virginia Tech women's soccer player who claimed her coach benched her for her political opinions will receive $100,000 as part of a settlement, her lawyer said.
A traditional, passive retirement is fine for some, but many retirees are looking to start exciting new chapters of their lives when they stop working. Retirement at Any Age: Get Retirement Tips That…
Although traditionally many Americans have envisioned retirement age as 65, according to the Social Security Administration, for those born in 1960 or later "full retirement age" is actually 67. Yet,…
Earning extra money on the side can be easy when you know what types of opportunities to look for. If you need a side job to create extra income, read this list of viable side jobs to create your own schedule and break out of the 9-to-5 grind.
The bank is recruiting a writer and editor in London and New York for its restaurant review operation The Infatuation.
Learn the key differences between the standard 401(k) plan and the 408(k) plan, which is meant for smaller employers.
The Federal Trade Commission released the proposed rules on Thursday designed to end worker noncompete clauses, which typically prevent the person signing it from leaving their job in order to start a rival business, or simply take a job with a competitor. Approximately 30 million workers are restricted by noncompete agreements, the FTC said. Doing away with the clauses would boost worker earnings between $250 billion and $296 billion annually and would narrow the pay gaps between men and women, as well as the pay gap between whites and minority workers.
Here are the most common types of visas that allow immigrants to work in the United States.
The realities you face when you stop working might be a far cry from your retirement dream. Of course, retiring broke or not being able to retire at all are among the worst-case scenarios. Take a Look…


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *