Grocery Stores & Markets

Where temperature records are

Improve Freshness. Reduce Spoilage. Temperature Operations, Automated.

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.

Challenges

Tracking

Temperature tracking is a completely manual process, with little or no verification of authenticity or traceability for auditing or regulatory requirements

Real Time

Lack of real time understanding of operational health and status unless physically at cooler location 

Risk

Issues that arise are a surprise - product loss and safety concerns due to temperature fluctuation are a high risk

Solution

Tracking

Temperature is automatically tracked at set intervals throughout the day, notifying designated team members of potential risk as it occurs

Real Time

In a unified dashboard, enterprise operations are shown to be running smoothly or will highlight deviations from set normal thresholds

Risk

Set and forget – notifications are delivered in a timely manner when they are needed so team members can focus on serving customers

A rollout plan - aisle to aisle, store to store, region to region.

Case Study

Situation

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. 

  • Were the temperature gauges wrong? 
  • Were the refrigeration units failing? 
  • Were their suppliers having temperature issues that influenced the longevity of their products in consumers’ hands? 

Solution

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.

Impact

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.

Reach in and walk in refrigerators are monitored to extend freshness and food safety while reducing overall spoilage.
Supermarkets and grocers can instantly implement pre-configured plug and play solutions with very minimal equipment.
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