Thief-proof trolley makes debut

State of the art technology is helping supermarkets deal with the plague of 'pushout' crime.

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By  Robbie Greenfield Published  May 5, 2005

Gatekeeper Systems and Arabian Gulf Agencies (AGA) have introduced a shopping trolley that should be much harder to push out of stores without paying for the goods inside it. The Purchek, debuted at this week’s bustling Retail Middle East expo in Sharjah, is equipped with a series of digital transmitters and automatic locking technologies. When the trolley is taken outside of its designated area, it is automatically stopped in its tracks. “This unique in-store anti-theft solution with an integrated locking wheel provides a cutting edge for retailers in the battle against pushout theft,” says Balvinder S Sindhu, general manager of Arabian Gulf Agencies. Stéphane Dedieu, general manager, Gatekeeper Systems, adds: “The tremendous market potential arising out of the burgeoning supermarket and hypermarket sectors in the UAE has prompted Gatekeeper Systems to showcase this unique product in the 2005 Retail Middle East Exhibition.” Caddie, a manufacturer of shopping carts and trolleys and an AGA partner, was also at the show, touting its ‘Cadergo’ and ‘Kid Caddie’ products. The Cadergo uses special plastic in the handle to prevent electric shocks and a patented paint to prevent corrosion and retain the trolley's colour.

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