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Grocery Stores: Save Millions in Food Waste with IoT

Leverage powers IoT monitoring systems that can eliminate this problem and save on operating costs.

June 30, 2020

The Problem with Refrigeration Management

Have you ever thought about how the fresh produce, meat, and other items you purchase at a grocery store are maintained? Well, there’s a lot that goes into providing constant access to fresh food to customers. Moreover, there are a host of compliance regulations and requirements that stores have to meet to ensure that the food being sold is safe.

The current industry norm for complying with this laundry list of regulations isn’t surprising. Refrigerator and freezer compliance checks involve manually checking and recording temperature, humidity, and other data from thermometers embedded on refrigerators and freezers. That’s right: every day, multiple times per day, employees walk around the store and manually record temperatures to make sure that food stays fresh. This is obviously a very time-intensive and expensive process that is prone to error and requires a ton of manual labor. But, as the old adage goes: there must be a better way!

Remove Operational Inefficiencies with IoT

The better way is with an IoT refrigeration monitoring system. Grocery stores need an easy way to monitor their refrigerators and freezers for a variety of reasons. It’s important to keep food fresh, prevent perishable food items from spoiling, and ensure compliance with government and industry regulations. 

With robust, low-cost, and widely available IoT systems, it has never been easier for grocery stores to remotely monitor their refrigeration and freezer systems. Humidity, temperature, and other sensors can determine, in real-time, whether a refrigerator or freezer is operational. Users can quickly be alerted when doors are open or if the humidity or temperature of a specific unit go above or below preset thresholds.

Leverage Data  

The power of IoT solutions lies within the data that the system collects and analyzes over time. The Leverege IoT Platform can provide real-time monitoring and alerts for refrigerator and freezer temperatures, as well as longer-term analytics on specific units over time. Grocery stores can leverage this data to significantly cut costs and eliminate time-intensive processes related to manual temperature readings. Reach out today to learn more!

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