Smarte Carte

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Smarte Carte, Inc.
Subsidiary
Industry Concessionaire
Founded 1967
Headquarters White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Edward Rudis (President & CEO)
Products Luggage carts
Electronic lockers
Massage chairs
Long-term baggage storage
Interactive kiosk
Strollers
Services Vending
Parent Macquarie Group
Website www.smartecarte.com

Smarte Carte, Inc. is an American-based corporation that provides passenger and guest services such as self-serve vended luggage carts, electronic lockers, commercial strollers and massage chairs, and more.

Their products include supplying and maintaining luggage carts, rented with provisions for a small rebate on return of the cart at some airports. The company's products can be found globally at over one thousand transportation centers, shopping centers and entertainment venues worldwide.[1]

The company's headquarters are located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.[2] In 2005, the company emerged from bankruptcy. In 2006, they were purchased for $370 million by Macquarie Bank of Australia.[1]

Trivia[edit]

  • Smarte Carte is featured in the movie The Terminal with Tom Hanks. Hanks' character Viktor uses the change left in Smarte Carte machines to purchase food.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lisa Murray. "Smarte Carte's in the bad for Macquarie; Buys $370m luggage trolley company." The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 January 2006. p. 17.
  2. ^ Martin J. Moylan. "Smarte Carte Adds Services." St. Paul Pioneer Press. 10 January 2006. p. C1.
  3. ^ Laura Bly. "Trapped in an airport?". USA Today. 17 June 2004.

Other references[edit]

  • Ina Paiva Cordle. "Luggage carts to cost MIA millions." The Miami Herald. 20 July 2007. p. C3.
  • Lisa Murray. "Smarte Carte's in the bag for Macquarie - Buys $370m luggage trolley company." The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 January 2006. p. 17.
  • "Smarte Carte emerges from bankruptcy." St. Paul Pioneer Press. 28 May 2005. p. C2.
  • Martin J. Moylan. "Smarte Carte lockers reopen; shut down since 9/11." St. Paul Pioneer Press. 5 March 2003. p. C1.
  • Paul McAfee. "Smarte Carte rolls over E-Z Roller, gains airport concessions." The Business Press/California. 6 November 1995. p. 10.
  • Jim Jones. "Smarte Carte does its part in roundup at the supermart." Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities. 15 April 1988. p. 1D.

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Coordinates: 45°4′26″N 93°3′5″W / 45.07389°N 93.05139°W / 45.07389; -93.05139