The world of supermarket trolleys in numbers

TL;DR – Take that money, watch it burn.

Recently it was highlighted that the residents of Silversea Condo at Marine Parade have been using a handicap parking lot as their private trolley bay. We spoke to NTUC FairPrice about their trolley issues and here are some numbers for you to chew on.

Image adapted via Asiaone

Image adapted via Asiaone

The number of trolleys that FairPrice loses each year.

Image adapted via cnbc

Image adapted via cnbc

FairPrice incurs an estimated $150,000 annually on repairing, replacing and retrieving abandoned trolleys.

Image adapted via coconuts.co

Image adapted via coconuts.co

The number of reports of abandoned trolleys they receive monthly.

Image adapted via TNP.sg

Image adapted via TNP.sg

Cost of each trolley. So yup, your $1 coin that you put in doesn’t actually buy you the trolley.

Image adapted via iproperty.com

Image adapted via iproperty.com

Where many trolleys go missing at. They are often abandoned at lift landings, walkways, garbage disposal areas and even in drains.

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The number of abandoned trolleys retrieved by the staff at the Jurong Point FairPrice Xtra hypermarket store daily.

Yes, you read that right. DAILY.

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Assuming each trolley is about 1 metre long, that will mean 73000 trolleys a year. Or 73km when lined up end to end.

That’s enough to take you from Jurong to Changi and then back to Shenton Way since Singapore is only 50km from East to West.

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The number of people supporting the Stolen NTUC Trolley Facebook page.

Yup, I really meant it.

Yup, I really meant it.

Also, according to Wikipedia, it appears that we are not the only ones in the world facing trolley theft issues.

Image adapted via destructoid.com

Image adapted via destructoid.com

The estimated cost to supermarkets worldwide is $800 million per annum for missing trolleys.

That’s $1081916000.00 in SGD.

So how?

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Be responsible and return your trolleys.



Author: The Editor

Either busy trying to save the world, or poking my nose into other people's affairs.


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