The fact that shopping carts get lost from shops and end up in just about every possible place around residential areas is something that eludes landlords, area landlords and residents in cities all over the world. You can find plenty of examples from Miami, Toronto, Abu Dabi, Mexico City, Molkom and Helsinki. It seems to be a universal need to be able to conveniently roll their purchased goods from the store and home to their home. So also in Helsingborg, where shopping carts from shops can be found almost everywhere in the urban environment.

Together with Helsingborgshem, we have now decided to take a closer look at this phenomenon. Why do you pull the shopping cart home? Why do they end up in stairwells, abandoned on sidewalks or halfway into some bush? How can it be easier for area hosts so that they do not have to drag / drive back a bunch of shopping carts several times a week? At the same time, how can we meet the need for small, simple means of transport that are available for the residents to use in a more organized and safe way?



We believe that it is good to address the phenomenon in several ways. Partly by meeting the need from property owners of more order in the neighborhood and partly by meeting the need from the residents for simpler smart transport solutions.

This phenomenon has bearing on more exciting aspects of living near stores. For example, that you could avoid all unnecessarily short car journeys to and from the store if we could only offer smarter micro-mobility solutions.

The benefit of a smart solution of course has bearing on areas such as safety, environment and attractive living environments, but of course creates value for the store owners who see their shopping carts disappear from the stores.


Through an exploratory design process, we have delved into the challenge and called in needy people, looked and talked more with residents and area hosts.

For three months, we therefore test a couple of different types of transport solutions at a couple of three, four addresses at Drottninghög. We have chosen places where there are a lot of shopping carts that have lost their way and the idea is to place carts in designated places where the residents we invite to the test have access to unlock and use the carts.

After the time-limited test, we decide how to proceed. Maybe a wagon type will be a permanent solution? Maybe we end up saying we should do something completely different.

Have you who read this found it here via a QR code on a parking sign for wagons?
Do you want to borrow a car? Fine! Use then code 2135 to unlock the padlock.
Put the stroller back when you have borrowed it and lock the padlock again - spin the numbers and it is locked.
We test during November-January!

Feel free to contact us if you want to talk more about this with us!

Impact target

Fewer working hours need to be spent collecting and transporting shopping carts from gates, bicycle rooms and stairwells to the shops

Impact target

Satisfied accommodation and fewer short car journeys to the shops

Resident involvement

We investigate how the residents receive the initiative and follow up continuously during the test. Not so engaging perhaps, but we are also investigating whether we can get extra dedicated ambassadors in the area.


Name: Tommy Boije
E-mail: tommy.boije@helsingborg.se

Name: Kristina Törnblom
E-mail: kristina.tornblom@helsingborg.se

Name: Ellika Rosendahl
E-mail: ellika.rosendahl@helsingborgshem.se