Shopping Trolleys

The fascinating history of the shopping trolley

The fascinating history of the shopping trolley

Shopping Trolleys

IF THERE’S one invention that demonstrates just how far technology has come in the past 80 years it might be the humble shopping trolley.

It seems so simple, and certainly something we all take for granted when it’s time to load up on groceries each week, but it hasn’t always been so easy.

Once upon a time shoppers had to struggle with the limitations of wicker or wire baskets. That is, until in 1937 the owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma came up with what at the time was a revolutionary idea: put a much bigger basket on wheels to allow people to keep shopping.

It was an idea that would end up netting Sylvan Goldman his impressive fortune and was later hailed as a piece of innovation that drove the force of American capitalism.

But it didn’t catch on right away.

Men thought they were effeminate and women were reminded of pushing baby strollers — a task they had apparently had enough of.

Seeking to sway public opinion the 39-year-old inventor took out a number of newspaper ads to promote the new grocery store feature.

“Can you imagine winding your way through a spacious food market without having to carry a shopping basket on your arm?” read one.

However they proved ineffective. In a 1977 interview with CBS, Goldman recalled the difficulty he had in getting the American public to embrace his invention.

Goldman persisted and hired attractive men and women to walk around his stores pushing the shopping carts — a move that proved to be a stroke of genius.

Once they were eventually deemed fashionable enough, the carts took off. Not only did his business go through the roof, Goldman began selling his creation to other supermarket chains and by 1940 he had a seven-year waiting list.

The process leading to the shopping trolley was by no means a straightforward one.

In the end, inspiration for the design of the trolley came from a wooden folding chair in Goldman’s office.

Looking at the chair while sitting in his office one day, it came to him. What if he put wheels on the bottom of the chair and had a second base on which to hold another basket?

According to the folklore, he raced downstairs to find the store handyman Fred Young and the pair spent hours tinkering with a design.

After the first attempt with a wooden chair collapsed under the weight of the basket they designed another using a metal frame.

The design soon evolved into what Goldman called a “folding basket carrier” and he filed the invention with the patent office — a move that helped spawn a real estate and retail empire worth half a billion dollars by the time he died in 1984.

The larger, single basket successor to Goldman’s initial design is still in use today.

 

Who was the inventor of the shopping trolley?

 

Sylvan Goldman

 


THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS CONTROL

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS CONTROL

The purpose of such Access Control systems is to restrict access where necessary so that the number of people entering and exiting can be better monitored.

Access control is an updated and effective method of ensuring that access to a business system, certain areas of a premises or physical and virtual resources are restricted, either by an authority or a business.

 

The purpose of such systems is to restrict access where necessary so that the number of people entering and exiting can be better monitored.

Access control is an updated and effective method of ensuring that access to a business system, certain areas of a premises or physical and virtual resources are restricted, either by an authority or a business.

Additionally, access control is a means to protect people within an organisation from unauthorised entry.

It also stops staff and visitors from gaining access to potentially dangerous areas such as warehouses.

Furthermore, for businesses looking to track and monitor the flow of people around a building, there are various access control systems that fulfil this objective too.

Our family of mechanical gates offers an extremely effective yet economical access security solution.

As reliable as it is practical, the mechanical gate is designed to be used in areas to positively indicate the entrance/exit flow and is particularly suited to

where maximum security is not required.

The gate is designed to open through 90 degrees and return to the closed position under spring tension. A standard feature of these gates is the ability to

be opened in the reverse direction by firm body pressure to give an emergency exit facility.

A simple adjustment negates this facility when used as an exit.

Access control systems help restrict entry to areas of a business premises containing hazardous waste, expensive IT equipment and sensitive information. These restrictions help reduce theft, damage and more.

Remote access

Some sites aren’t guarded or staffed 24/7. There are occasions when suppliers, contractors and delivery drivers require access outside of business hours.

Highest security access control

Full height turnstiles are the ultimate in security and control of foot flow through an entrance/exit point.

They provide secure closure of passageways and are well suited for checkpoints where high security and attractive design are equally important.

Protect your business with access control

 

By investing in an access control system, businesses will benefit from a system which:

Helps protect assets such as expensive equipment

Creates a safe working environment for employees

Provide data on staff movement, timekeeping and productivity

Reduce the potential for breaks ins and theft


Anti roll back strip

The Importance of Trolley Shelter Anti Roll Back Strip

The Importance of

Trolley Shelter Anti Roll Back Strip

 

Our Trolley Anti Roll Back Strip is designed to complement our shopping trolley shelters. Providing that extra security preventing shopping trolley from rolling back out of the shelter onto oncoming or parked cars.

Antil roll back strip

 

Why Anti Roll Back Strip Is A Must

 

  • Prevents damage to trolley
  • Prevents trolley rolling into parked cars
  • Prevents trolley rolling into moving cars
  • Prevents trolley rolling into person/persons
  • Prevents damage caused to trolleys from the elements
  • Keeps car parks organised and tidy

 

 How To Install

Anti roll back strip

Positioning

One anti–roll back strip should be fitted at the front of the shelter with the leading edge level
with the outside of the front hoop and an equal gap left to the left
and right side.

Usually fixed using 4 x M6 x 60 Coach screw and expansion plug

 


How To Install Trolley Shelters

How to install your shopping trolley shelter from Store Fittings Direct.

Our Dalby Shopping trolley shelter itself is an elegant shape, made from aluminium with lots of gentle curves and glazed with 6mm clear polycarbonate.  In order to fit the space available it was designed for entry from one side.   The back consists of 3mm aluminium sheets powder coated in two shades of grey, curved from top to bottom, preventing any view into the shelter from the adjacent car park, whilst a gap at the top enables air circulation.  The roof is clear 6mm solid polycarbonate that was cold-curved during fitting, as is the vertical panel on the side opposite to the entrance.  The glazing was fitted using our P226 screw-down glazing bar and in line with current legislation 50% of the shelter sides are open to the elements.

Trolley shelter

GROUND WORKS

1.All concrete pads should be laid and given sufficient time to harden before shelters are installed.
2.Tarmac should be laid new, or made good to a maximum depth of 50mm over the concrete pads before shelters are installed.
3.Tarmac should be clearly marked to identify the position of the external perimeter of each concrete pad.
4.Approximately 3-4 shelters can be erected per day, therefore sufficient pads should be laid
prior to shelter installation to allow for consecutive working days for the total quantity of shelters
to be fitted.

ALLOCATING & PREPARING THE WORK / STORAGE AREA

1. STORAGE PRIOR TO ASSEMBLY
A suitable secure storage area (compound) will be required prior to delivery to site. This needs to be large
enough to accommodate the total number of shelters required.
2. REVIEW GROUND WORKS
Check that ground works have been carried out and made good as per previous ground work section.
3. LOCATION OF ASSEMBLY
Main assembly of the shelters must be undertaken within an area of 6 car parking spaces around the parking
bay that is to be the final fixed position of the shelter as described in the “Working Area” paragraph below to
avoid unnecessary manual handling issues.
4. WORKING AREA
A clear working area must be provided incorporating a total of 6 car parking spaces, 1 space either side of
the parking space the shelter is to finally fixed to and three spaces directly behind. This area should be made
safe for working by erecting Herras fencing around the perimeter as per AWOW V5.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

1. CHECK PARTS
Check all parts have been supplied correctly.
2. ASSEMBLE BRACKETS

Assemble end and middle brackets as shown above. Use M8 x 16 Hex Head Bolts, M8 Nyloc Nuts and
M8 Washers.
• Quantity required for each shelter is:
o 4 x Middle Bracket
o 8 x End Bracket

3. ASSEMBLE SHELTER SKELETON

•Assemble lower steel railings. Do not fix railings to concrete until step 5.
•Slide assembled brackets and loose bolts into loop channel in the following quantities.
•Front loop requires 4 end brackets for horizontal beams (see detail A), 2 M8 x 16 bolts for side stiffening bars and 1 M8 x 40 bolt in the middle for the trolley park sign and top stiffening bar.
•Middle loop requires 4 middle brackets for horizontal beams (see detail C), 3 M8 x 16 bolts for internal support beams.
•Back loop requires 4 end brackets for horizontal beams (see detail A), 3 M8 x 16 bolts for internal support beams.
•Loosely assemble loops to railings using M8 x 25 bolts, M8 washers and M8 nylocnuts (see detail B above).
•Locate and fix side and top internal support beams to tie loops together using the loose M8 x 16 bolts, M8 washers and M8 nylocnuts.Secure middle internal support beam at top centre of loops. Fix the 2 other internal support beams either side at equal height.
•Locate and tighten horizontal beams on to brackets on one side at a height of 755mm from the bottom of the loops to the centre of the beam / brackets.(see detail A/C above).

 

4. FIX FIRST CLEAR GLAZING PANELS

• Bend 2 glazing panels into loop channels on opposite side of the trolley park to the 755mm high fixed horizontal beam.
• Slide glazing around loop in channels and locate onto 775mm high horizontal beams.
• Locate 2 horizontal beams above glazed panels and secure to brackets as per stage 2.

FITTING THE GLAZING

•Repeat stage 2 for all glazing panels, finishing with locating final 2 horizontal beams at 755mm high to ensure the trolley park is even.
•Tighten all M8 fixings except M8 x 40 front top centre fixing.
•Rivet 4x side support bars through side glazing panels to internal support beams as shown, 12 places in total. Again ensure trolley park bars are even on both sides.

SIGNAGE

6. FIX SIGN

• Slide sign into top centre stiffening bar and using the M8 x 40 bolt mentioned in stages 2 and secure with M8 washer and nyloc nut.

FINAL FIXINGS

7.FIX TO CONCRETE

•Move and locate trolley parks to centre of concrete pads. Concrete pads should have been pre-installed by others to suit the attached layout. Chemfixtrolley park in position with two chemfixfixings per leg. (See detail C above).
•If hitch rail is included in installation, locate hitch rail in appropriate position and fix using 200mm long chemfixstud (see detail D above).
•Fix hitch rail to horizontal beams as shown using U-brackets and offset spacers as required (shown above).
•Clean all debris from drilling from work area.

 

 

Anti Roll Back Strip ( If Required )

Positioning

One anti–roll back strip should be fitted at the front of the shelter with the leading edge level
with the outside of the front hoop and an equal gap left to the left
and right side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FASTENER LIST
•Fixing Kit:
•69 No M8 x 16 Hex Head Z/P
•16 No M8 x 25 Hex Head Z/P
•1 No M8 x 40 Hex Head Z/P
•85 No M8 Nyloc Nuts Z/P
•85 No M8 Large Washer
•12 No FIX-90036 4 X 16 LARGE HEAD POP RIVET
•Chem fix Kit:
•1 -Tube Chemfix380ML (C/W 2 Nozzles)
•16 -M10 X 200 Resin Anchor Stud / Nut / Washer
•16 -1.1/2 X 3/8 Mudguard Washer ZP
•Anti Roll Back Strip
•4 -M6 x 60mm coach screw
•4 -M6 rawlplugs
•4 -M6 washers
TOOL REQUIREMENTS
•13mm A/F spanner.
•Soft mallet.
•Socket Set
•Impact Driver
•110v SDS Drill & 12mm drill bits
•Large Chemical Resin Gun
•Rivet Gun
•110v Generator


Rapid Lateral Flow Tests “The Route Forward” for Covid-19

Rapid Lateral Flow Tests “The Route Forward” for Covid-19

A little more than 12 months ago covid-19 entered our lives. The alarming rate at which it spread through the world, creating  pandemic of epic proportions, led to massive changes in the way we live our lives, as well as tragic deaths of many thousands of people thanks to the deadly effects of the virus.

At the time of writing, February 2021, there is apparent light at the end of the tunnel in the UK at least. The vaccination programme has been a great success with some 16 million people having had at least the first dose so far, that figure being close to one quarter of the UK population.

In a recent comment on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that “rapid lateral flow tests could be the “route forward” to reopening those parts of the economy we couldn’t get open last year”. The inference is that testing centres may be set up throughout the UK to enable people to be tested quickly and the results processed equally so.

There are many tests approved by the UK government for this purpose including the Healgen Coronavirus Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit which is also approved by Public Health England. This is the test that was used in the mass testing carried out in Liverpool recently, and has also been used elsewhere. Available from Store Fittings Direct, it is currently in high demand and that is expected to continue.

Rapid Lateral Flow Tests Other Rapid Test Kits

Store Fittings Direct also stocks a selection of other antigen test kits that are suitable for rapid lateral flow testing, and demand for these will also be great now that the government is looking at using more of them. Should you be considering purchasing such a test to ensure your staff or members are not infected?

If you run a business of any kind, whether a commercial premises, industrial site or retail unit, it would be sensible to purchase test kits and have them on hand. The test we mentioned above is for professional use, yet there are others that are designed for use by the individual that are proving very popular.

These are being used in schools, in hospitals, doctor’s surgeries and care homes as well as by individuals in the home. They are useful for testing your team or staff and ensuring that any who have necessary contact with the public are covid-19 free.

Buy Your Kits Now

As mentioned above, covid-19 testing kits are in great demand right now and we expect this to be ongoing. Store Fittings Direct has a good stock of various tests but you would be advised to get your order in early to ensure delivery as quickly as possible.

It looks more likely that, in the UK at least, testing kits such as this will become necessary requirement in places where employees mix in any number and meet with the general public. Make sure your team are protected by getting your order in for covid-19 testing kits right away.


UV Air Purifier

UV Air Purifier for General and Commercial Use Use – Why You Need One

UV Air Purifier for General & Commercial Use – Why You Need One

The past 12 months has been a difficult time for businesses of all kinds, as well as for educational institutions, the health care sector and households. Indeed, every area of industry and commerce has been affected by the covid-19 pandemic which is still very much front-page news. The crisis has changed the way we approach life in many areas of our behaviour, and it is likely a lot of these changes will remain with us.

Our approach to personal hygiene, and that of the environments we live and work in, has had to change – but in fact it’s been for the better. We now have a better approach to washing our hands, keeping surfaces clean and so on. But there’s one area that has been difficult to deal with: the air that we breathe.

Why UV Air Purifier?

In the UK we have now been required to wear a face mask in shops and other public places for many months. These masks are effective to a point but can never provide 100% prevention. This is one reason why many business, retail outlets, industrial units and even some public spaces such as shopping centres are investing in UV Air Purifiers. What do they do?

A UV Air Cleaner Purifier is a device designed to rid the air of bacteria and viruses that exist in minute form. Rather than using a mechanical filter – a method that many air filters use – it utilises UV light to kill the microbes. Mechanical filters can miss the smallest bacteria, for example, whereas UV light will not.

Furthermore, the UV Air Cleaner Purifier is a silent device. This is important in, for example, an office situation where the team in place need quiet to concentrate and take calls. It’s also useful in shops, where a mechanical filter will constantly add to the background noise that is already present.

These devices are simple to use and do not take up a great deal of space. The light it uses is correctly known as UV-C light, which is the most effective at dealing with microscopic bacteria and viruses, and they run from a standard 240volt mains socket. Should you be looking at installing a UV Air Cleaner Purifier?

Do You Need a UV Air Purifier?

If you are a retailer you may want to consider an air purifier, and you can find out more about them at Store Fittings Direct who are a leading supplier. They are also used in public waiting rooms of all kinds, as well as in restaurants, cafes and pubs. As restrictions are lifted there is no doubt that UV air purifiers will become commonplace in offices, in industrial units, as well as in schools, colleges and hospitals – anywhere, in fact, where people are employed and the public visit.

There is bound to be high demand for UV Air Cleaner Purifiers so we recommend you get an order in early and remember that they can also be used in the home.


Osmio Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser Spray

Osmio Sanser Sterilising Spray - Environmentally Friendly Cleaning for Your Home, Workplace and More is Now Affordable

Osmio Sanser Sterilising Spray

The year just gone has been an eye-opener in terms of personal hygiene and that of the environment we live and work in. As one, we’ve had to ramp up our hygiene levels in the face of a potentially deadly threat that faced the entire world. We’ve been shown that, no matter how stringent we were with our cleaning habits before the covid-19 pandemic, they weren’t good enough!

It’s been hard for individuals as well as for businesses, schools, hospitals and other institutions, yet with everyone working together we’ve seen superb efforts in many countries that have surpassed expectations.

Yet, there’s been an underlying problem that faces us all: the lack of affordable, environmentally friendly cleaning products for the home, workplace and other environments. Having to buy more hand cleansing and cleaning agents than usual has taken a chunk out of the household budget, never mind that of a business, but the answer is here. Let us introduce , the item that does it all for you at a price you can afford.

Osmio Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser SprayWhat is The Osmio Sanser Sterilizing Spray?

We’ll begin by explain what Osmio Sanser is not, and that’s an alcohol-based product. Now don’t take this the wrong way: alcohol cleaners are good; they do the job, and they help a great deal. But there’s a problem, and it’s one you’ll have experienced having used this type of product: alcohol absorbs fat. That’s why it leaves your skin dry and often irritable after use. That’s not going to happen when you use Osmio Sanser and here’s why.

He simple fact is that Osmio Sanser is not a cleaning product in the traditional meaning of the word. You have your favourite cleaning agent that you buy from the shop and spray onto surfaces before you use it. And then you have your favoured hand cleansing product that’s become a must-have item for around the home every day. Osmio Sanser is both of those, but in a different way.

Osmio Sanser is a device that creates an environmentally friendly, chemical-free and active cleaning and sanitising agent. It does so using an electrical charge, tap water, and table salt. That sounds too good to be true, right? We can assure you it’s not, so let us explain the basic science behind it so you get a better idea of what it’s all about.

What Makes it Special?

We know that what we’re saying sounds like a fairy tale, so we’ll try and simplify the process. The Osmio Sanser is a device that generates a cleaning solution you can use on your hands, on surfaces, on products and more and that you can use safely. How does it work?

The Osmio Sanser looks a lot like a modern sort of kettle. Inside it is an innovative electrical system that produces a substance known as Sodium Hypochlorite. It might sound fancy and such, but in fact it is the combination of salt, water and an electrical charge. Now sodium hypochlorite is used in many bleach products, but usually alongside other chemicals that make such products potentially harmful and sometimes extremely corrosive to certain materials.

On its own, sodium hypochlorite – in the form produced by the Osmio Sanser – is a harmless substance that cleans everything you want and is safe for children and pets and entirely natural. How does the Osmio Sanser make the sodium hypochlorite? That’s the clever bit!

Creating the Cleansing Agent

The Osmio Sanser has a reservoir into which you put 500ml of tap water. Nothing special, just water straight out of your tap. You then add 12g of table salt. Again, nothing fancy, just the salt you use for your daily meals. Next you plug the Osmio Sanser into a USB port from which it draws its charge. In no more than 10 minutes the device has done its job and you have a usable, natural and environmentally friendly cleaning agent that will remain active for 3 days.

Whether you’re looking at this as a householder or as a business owner – or even as the manager of cleaning business – you can see already that there are many attractive benefits to the Osmio Sanser: it’s green, it uses no chemicals other than salt, and it’s effective. But there’s more to it than that, so let’s talk about how the cleaning products industry has changed in the last year, and where Osmio Sanser can help.

Some Numbers to Consider

Sales of hand cleansing products have grown by more than 800% during the covid-19 crisis. In fact, all cleaning products have experienced a significant increase in demand in the last 12 months. The cost increases to businesses are clearly quite evident, as even the smallest business will have needed to change its way of approaching regular cleaning.

Bear this in mind: Osmio Sanser creates a solution that can be used as a general cleaning agent, as well as for cleaning surfaces, bins, fridges and toilets. It’s worth noting that sodium hypochlorite is used as a treatment for eczema, so it’s kind to the skin. You immediately do away with the need for one-use plastic bottles of bleach, so your green credentials are further enhanced. It’s an all-in-one cleaning product that comes as a ready to go device – all you need to add are the water and the salt.

Think of the potential users: bus and taxi companies, trains and other public transport, schools and colleges, offices, retail outlets and homes - Osmio Sanser can be used in all of these safely and effectively. But here’s the bit you want to know: what does it cost? To produce 500ml of cleaning agent that you can then spray on your surfaces using the Osmio Sanser costs 2p. Two pence. We’ll leave that with you for a moment!

This is a truly innovative product that reduces your cleaning costs, improves your eco-friendly credentials, and is safe and cheap for all to use. Talk to us now for more information on Osmio Sanser, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.


Mechanical Entrance Gates

Attractive, safe and reliable, we supply a wide selection of manually operated gates which are particularly suited to where a lower level of security is required. Their ergonomic design and the quality of engineering ensure that our gates look great and perform as required time after time. All our mechanical gates have an emergency break-out feature which means the gate arm can always be forced in both directions in case of fire or other emergency situations.

The gates can be used for making entrances, exits and pedestrian passageways. They can partition and block off rooms and efficiently direct customers from the entrance to the cash desk. You can easily combine and integrate these gates with our other entrance and customer guidance systems.

Choose a gate with or without key lock, a Mechanical Push gate, an Emergency Exit Gate or our Bi-Directional Gate. They all have different features to fit your needs.

Order Information

  • All gates are fitted to 1060mm high uprights. Standard finish is bright chrome plate with clear infill panel to arm. You need to calculate:
  • Arm Length - Single gate: Width of gap -150mm, Facing pair of gates, Width of gap - 250mm (Round either up or down to nearest supplied length)
  • Arm Direction - Imagine you are standing behind the supporting post of the gate, looking down the length of the arm, if someone were to walk through the gate, would it move through your left or right quadrant? If it moves through the right, a right-handed gate is needed and vice-versa.
  • Gate Arm = 750mm -150mm = 600mm
  • Select type of gate required. 650-1100mm adjustable arms. Ascertain gate arm direction (left hand, right hand, bi-directional). Order fixings separately. We recommend 4xM10x80 rawlbolts for standard floors.

guiding safeguarding customers

Guiding and Safeguarding Your Customers

Barrier Rails & Uprights

Helping customers to navigate your stores and buildings more easily and safely, Store Fittings Direct's customer guidance systems are a stylish and cost effective way of directing customers or creating a physical barrier.

They are a great complement to our gates, and together provide a comprehensive, flexible and user friendly solution to manage your customer flow. The systems are modular and can be used in a variety of ways, including staircase guidance solutions and as safety barriers on mezzanine floors and around travelators.

Our balustrade and handrail systems comply with all necessary Building Regulation requirements and British Standard recommendations for structural stability, safety and accessibility.


Box Rail MBT

Warehouse / Service Yard

Safeguard and Protect

Back-of-house areas are particularly susceptible to major impact damage due to the weight and size of the traffic there, with the constant movement of fork-lifts and articulated trucks.

Buildings and infrastructure elements such as exposed walls, support columns, docking bays and even power supply units can suffer serious damage due to the power of these impacts.

In addition, damage to valuable assets such as roller shutter doors, cold rooms and freezers, specialist storage equipment and racking systems not only is expensive but can seriously effect their efficient operation, with potential knock-on effects on the sales floor.

To protect your warehouse and service yard fixtures, fittings and general environments from hard hits and bumps, Store Fittings Direct provides a comprehensive range of specially designed, heavy duty damage protection products.

Our floor and wall mounted asset protection products will not only lower your operating costs by reducing the need for costly repairs and replacements, but will also provide a safer and cleaner working environment for your employees.

Whatever your needs, with several options within each product category, Store Fittings Direct’s tried and tested products are up to the task.