An industry-wide problem theft of trollies from grocery stores in Barbados is forcing operators to introduce new security measures. PriceSmart is one of the large retailers that recently introduced an electronic security system, which General Manager Terry Mahon said was designed to prevent the theft of its trollies.
“It is to prevent our trollies from going off the compound…, to prevent theft,” Mahon told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.
He said the theft of trollies was an industry-wide problem. The general manager noted that all retailers had at some point been affected by this theft.
Mahon explained that the security measure, which was put in place about two months ago, while making it possible for the trolly to leave the supermarket itself, locks up the wheels, if a person tried to take it beyond the perimeter of the compound.
He noted that a trolly was not cheap and it was therefore necessary to ensure they were not stolen.
“So far so good,” responded the PriceSmart boss, when asked how the new system was working.
Another big retailer, Carlton and A1 Supermarkets, told this newspaper, the theft of trollies was a problem for that business as well.
“Yes, it’s a problem we do have, one we may have to address in the same way,” Bynoe said in reference to the security system implemented by competitor, PriceSmart.
The Super Centre chain of supermarkets has also been experiencing challenges with its trollies. (EJ)