How Retailers Are Shrinking the Grocery Footprint
|Ed McKiernan | President, Cold Chain, Electronics & Solutions
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
Emerson was recently featured in a Winsight Grocery Business article about shrinking grocery footprints, energy usage, the click-and-collect model and more. New technology is helping grocers adapt to a rapidly changing market and shifting consumer preferences. To read the full article, click here.
Grocers worldwide are making energy conservation a top priority; they’re always looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy and waste they create. Prioritizing energy conservation benefits the environment as well as the bottom line, potentially saving thousands of dollars annually on energy costs and equipment. What’s more, the operational costs saved on energy present opportunities to invest in solutions and technologies that could also improve the customer experience.
Revamping refrigeration systems is a good starting point for grocers seeking to incorporate more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient practices into their operations. Refrigeration costs account for roughly 60 percent of energy bills. While refrigeration system upgrades can come with significant installation costs, this new equipment can help deliver energy reductions from 30–50 percent.
As the click-and-collect model continues to rise in popularity, refrigeration upgrades have become even more crucial. The term click-and-collect refers to the process of ordering items online and then picking them up at the nearest store after a grocery associate has hand-picked your items. But this added convenience for consumers presents new refrigeration challenges for grocers, mainly due to repeated door openings from workers going in and out of the cold storage room or refrigerated locker. The more often the door needs to be opened, the more difficult it gets to maintain precise setpoints and manage humidity concerns.
Emerson has a wide range of solutions to help address these concerns. By combining high-efficiency scroll compressors, distributed controls and alternate refrigerants in display cases, operators can potentially achieve a lower cost of operation in their store refrigeration. Then, efficient condensing units with supervisory controls can be used to optimize click-and-collect refrigeration requirements, helping operators achieve temperature reliability and further reduce energy consumption in these critical systems.
Today, one out of every three grocers offers some form of click-and-collect, and 20 percent of Americans purchase groceries online — with that number expected to grow to 70 percent by 2025. When you consider this within the context of today’s dynamic regulatory climate and corporate sustainability initiatives, it’s easy to understand why many grocers are looking to upgrade their refrigeration strategies.
Emerson has a wide range of components, advanced controls and industry expertise to help grocers meet these demanding refrigeration challenges while reducing their energy usage and carbon footprints. We believe that a robust refrigeration strategy can help you reshape your business and save you money, and we’re ready to show you how.