Anthropologie debuted its new bridal line BHLDN back in February, which is when we brought you our first round of decorating inspiration. BHLDN also features moodboards for brides-to-be, including some lovely inspirational images. While I married three years ago, I'm still captivated by the pretty pictures, and knew that they'd translate well into the world of home decorating. See my ideas in the slideshow!
They say that life only gets better with age and after watching this spectacular shopping cart show, I'm a believer. If the elderly can squeeze this much joy and entertainment out of a couple of empty grocery carts then imagine the bliss they must feel when they — oh, I don't know — finish that 24,000-piece jigsaw puzzle or score the last prune in the cookie jar. I'm incredibly jealous, but watching Swan Parking Lot here should make it all better . . .
Do you ever wander the aisles of a grocery store hunting for a particular item and wish there was an easy way to find it? Well the folks at Microsoft have partnered with the Wakefern Food Corporation and will provide their customers with grocery cart-mounted consoles that will help them navigate the store. It also allows them to scan and pay for their items without waiting in line. Like a self-checkout line without the line.
The companies plan to test the MediaCart in Wakefern's east coast ShopRite supermarkets. The cool part is you'll be able to upload your shopping list at home, and download it on your shopping cart console by swiping your loyalty card. You'll also be able to scan as you go so that you can see how much you're spending.
So why are they doing this? Do they just want to create a good experience for their customers? The answer is yes and no. Yes they do, but they also have ulterior motives, you see the carts are also equipped with RFID devices so that ShopRite can understand shopping patterns. You'll also be subjected to ads in certain parts of the grocery store. For example, if ice cream is on sale, as you walk past the ice cream aisle, your console will receive those ads.
So what do you think? Do you think easy checkout and shopping lists are worth the ads and the shopping pattern tracking?
Believe it or not, February is Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month. Why on earth we need an amnesty month where people can return their shopping carts is beyond me - although, why people would take shopping carts home is also beyond me. I personally try to use tote bags and reusable bags to carry my groceries home. How about you?
How do you get your groceries home?