Some of the highest margin and freshest items in grocery stores and markets are held in cold cases, reach in coolers, and walk in refrigerators. Equipment failure or human error can put both the product quality and safety in jeopardy. Maintaining accurate and verified temperature logs are vital to a successful operation.
There’s no need for expensive hardware, network infrastructure, or costly onsite implementations. Manual temperature record keeping can be easily and inexpensively automated.
With ConnectedFresh’s plug-and-play sensors, food safety teams and on-site management have instant and continuous access to live temperature readings, historical trends, and receive notifications to key team members based on temperature fluctuation outside of intended range.
A community grocery store was looking to automate their temperature record keeping. On more than one occasion, their refrigeration units were underperforming, leading to temperatures above 40˚F. On top of that, they had customer complaints that food had gone bad or had a very short shelf life. While they had employees manually writing temperatures down throughout the day, the figures were unreliable and unverified – this prevented the grocery store from finding the sources of the issues.
Together with ConnectedFresh, a pilot was created to automatically track temperatures and notify key team members and management if any temperature deviations occurred. ConnectedFresh sent pre-configured sensor kits to a targeted store – all the store had to do was plug in the gateway and turn on the sensors. Because ConnectedFresh uses LoRaWAN technology which has incredibly wide reach, only one gateway was needed and all sensors were instantly connected. Temperature record keeping was immediately automated, authenticated, and organized.
An enterprise-wide dashboard was immediately available to showcase current temperatures, set notification thresholds, and view all historical records for future growth and additional deployments.
An initial successful pilot program received great feedback and the solution was expanded. Food safety and store management had a centralized view of current operations, accessibly 24/7 from any device. They could instantly identify underperforming coolers, transferring out product before it became unsellable or unsafe. On-site managers received notifications when temperature deviation was at risk, prompting proactive maintenance of coolers and resolving temperature challenges before they became an issue.