OAKLAND, Calif. -- Safeway here, which dramatically reduced grocery cart loss with customer-activated locks, will expand the security system to 10 San Francisco and Oakland stores.
at a Hayward store. Another Safeway store that typically lost 70 carts per month cut its losses to 16 carts. The system is manufactured by Verlok, Chesterfield, Mo.
Grocery cart losses cost the supermarket industry $16 million in 1993, according to a California Grocers Association study.