Albert Heijn to wave goodbye to coin system for shopping trolleys

Albert Heijn to wave goodbye to coin system for shopping trolleys

It’s the end of an era…kind of. In what marks just another nail in the coffin of traditional cash, major Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn has announced that it is waving goodbye to its current coin system for shopping trolleys. 

AH to ditch trolley muntjes in 1.000 stores across the Netherlands

During the coronavirus pandemic, the supermarket temporarily ditched the system whereby shoppers needed to insert a (plastic) coin into the trolleys in order to use them. While the system had been introduced in the 1980s in order to limit the number of shopping carts that went missing, the supermarket has realised that in reality, it doesn’t make much of a difference. 

"During the pandemic, we saw that it actually went well without coins," a spokesperson told NU. "No more or fewer carts disappeared." Furthermore, Albert Heijn thinks eliminating will lead to less frustration amongst shoppers and reduce plastic waste. The decision will affect around 1.000 stores across the Netherlands.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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JonnyBrettherington2 19:10 | 28 August 2022

The big question is... when will AH be able to accept the globally preferred payment method of Mastercard or Visa. The fact that it is only possible in stores which have tourist footfall, is a complete insult to every person ever to have tried and been rudely told "No visa. No mastercard" Come on Albert, sort yourself out.