How to Distribute Weight Strategically in a Shopping Cart

A shopping cart has a solid metal frame with various sections for products. When items are loaded into a cart, the casters underneath the base move the entire unit to different areas in a store. Steering is greatly influenced by weight distribution, so a cart will maneuver easier if heavyweight and lightweight items are positioned strategically in specific zones in a basket. Proper weight management can also increase safety as a cart will lift up into the air if heavy products are placed in risky spots in a cart. If you need help arranging items in a cart, this strategic guide can help.

Heavy Items

Dog food and other products that weigh 50 pounds should be placed in the center of a cart. If a heavy item placed in the corner of a basket, the cart may rise into the air or flip over.

The best way to prevent back strain is by putting a 50-pound product underneath a cart. When a 50-pound item is placed in a cart, you’ll have to bend your back in order to lift the product out of the basket. However, if a bulky product is rolled underneath a cart, you can lift it and put it on a checkout counter without clearing the cart.

Lightweight Items

Although lightweight items are light, they can put pressure on a cart if many products are stacked in one zone. If you need to plant your feet in order to move a cart that’s loaded with lightweight objects, the basket is near its limit. By removing a few items, you’ll avoid producing friction that can damage the casters.

These strategies can help you reach the checkout counter with a cart without experiencing steering or safety problems. If you want to transport something that weighs over 100 pounds, always use a cart that has heavy-duty shopping cart casters.