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How Kelley’s Market Quietly Saved Money With Smarter Refrigeration

benpicker Ben Picker | Product Manager – Copeland Condensing Units

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

The family-owned Kelley’s Market chain, founded in 1926 and based in Rockford, Ill., prides itself on running crisp, clean stores offering top-quality products and outstanding service. They’re also astute businesspersons, highly focused on operational issues such as energy efficiency, maintenance and product protection. But they had another priority when designing and building a new store in their hometown: being a good neighbor. Read the full Convenience Store News article here.

Kelly’s Market put a high value on finding a refrigeration solution that would be efficient, attractive and quiet for the best possible customer — and neighborhood — experience. So when their refrigeration contractor walked them through the energy efficiency, maintenance and product protection of the Emerson product line, one aspect of Copeland Scroll™ Outdoor Refrigeration X-Line Units caught their attention: their ultra-quiet operation. They operate up to 16 dB quieter than traditional outdoor units — roughly the difference in volume between a vacuum cleaner and a friendly conversation. They were intrigued by the idea that by moving units outdoors they would also reduce noise in both their neighborhood and their store and wanted to learn more.

Lowering the volume while lowering energy costs

Emerson’s Copeland Scroll outdoor walk-in refrigerator technology offered energy-efficiency levels that could lower their energy bills by nearly 33 percent, plus built-in diagnostics to enable better service. Their ultra-quiet, variable-speed fan motors and internal baffling cut compressor noise by more than 50 percent.

Advances in walk-in refrigeration technology in a single unit

Copeland Scroll Outdoor Refrigeration X-Line Units range in power from ¾ to 6 HP, making them a great fit for the needs of Kelley’s Market. They chose one X-Line unit to power their walk-in freezer, one for their walk-in cooler, and one dedicated for a merchandising display case. By using outdoor units instead of self-contained or other indoor refrigeration systems, they would lower the heat load on their building’s HVAC system — further lowering energy bills.

Designed to be great outdoors

The new X-Line units were encased in a lightweight, slim enclosure that could be wall mounted, so they could place their units in locations previously not available, without the need to rent a crane for installation. In addition, the clean design of the outdoor units offered a more aesthetic atmosphere for neighbors and customers alike.

Walking into savings

The Copeland Scroll Outdoor Refrigeration X-Line Units at the new Kelley’s Market store was their first foray into scroll compressor technology. From the day the store opened, the company saw major operational benefits. In just one year, the X-Line Units delivered energy savings of 29 percent compared to their legacy store technology, with the three Copeland Scroll X-Line Units inside saving about $2,500 in energy costs per year — a significant long-term savings for a company operating nearly 50 stores.
In the market and throughout the neighborhood, the energy efficiency and optimum performance of the Copeland Scroll Outdoor Refrigeration X-Line Units are humming along quietly — just the way Kelley’s Market likes it.

Meet the New Boss

Site Supervisor delivers small-format consistency and predictability

Today’s convenience store chains and small-format retailers find themselves in a rapidly changing landscape. As consumer preference for freshly prepared food offerings continues to spill over into their space, small-format retailers are adapting their business models to become more like foodservice providers.

Meet-New-Boss

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Considerations for Cutting the Wire in Convenience Stores

This recent bylined article for Convenience Store News shares key benefits of implementing wireless solutions for convenience store facilities. Below is a brief summary.

Seventy percent of facility management system wiring is used for networking and sensors. Wireless network solutions can be a powerful tool to help convenience stores reduce operating costs, easily accommodate store layout changes and provide secure facility data transmission.

Wireless solutions can range from a simple in-store temperature monitoring solution to a complex, self-healing wireless mesh network, or even a cellular connection outside of the store.

Why should you consider wireless solutions for your convenience store operation? The full article takes a deeper look at three different applications:

Eliminate Wires and Reduce Costs: Single Point Sensing

Single Point Sensing

Increase Store Layout Flexibility: Component-to-Component Network

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Improve IT Security by Isolating Your Controls Infrastructure: Cellular Connectivity

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Embracing the shift to wireless technologies will benefit convenience stores that are evolving their stores to fit the changing demands of today’s customers, helping them to boost revenue, keep customers happy and strengthen brand loyalty.

 Read the full article online here.

 For more than 20 years, Emerson Retail Solutions has been helping businesses like yours safeguard food, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and optimize business results. To learn more about our technology solutions and services for retailers, visit our website.

E360 Conference Daily Recap #3: A Connected, Faster and Stronger Future Together

This is the third in a series of three posts sharing highlights from the 2016 E360 Annual Conference.

On our final day of the E360 Annual Conference, industry leaders shared insights around major trends in the convenience store and grocery segments. John Lofstock, editor-in-chief of Convenience Store Decisions, joined a panel of grocery, c-store and industry experts to explore topics that included convergence of concepts, internet retailing, foodservice, food safety, sustainability and more. Then, our participants engaged in final collaboration sessions to highlight and prioritize how these trends and others create challenges and opportunities in retail and facility management.

For highlights from day three, please watch this video recap:

 

What industry trends are most affecting your business? Let us know in the comments below or by sharing your perspective on social media.

If you missed the conference, you can review highlights at #E360Live, @IntelliStore and @EmersonClimate on Twitter, as well as in our daily blog post and video recaps:

 To learn more about the E360 Annual Conference or to receive the session presentations, email RetailSolutionsMarketing@Emerson.com.

 For more than 20 years, Emerson Retail Solutions has been helping businesses like yours safeguard food, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and optimize business results. To learn more about our technology solutions and services for retailers, visit our website

Dean Landeche
Vice President of Marketing, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

Technically Energy Management

In conjunction with a major travel center, we presented an educational session at the 2015 NACS Show, focused on energy management best practices for convenience stores. If you missed it, don’t worry. We’ve compiled the highlights below:

From traditional to advanced energy management

We’ve all visited a convenience store in the middle of the afternoon with its external canopy lights on, or walked into a store that is uncomfortably warm or too cold. Lighting and temperature control through scheduling is a basic energy management system function. More advanced systems today incorporate refrigeration equipment and remote monitoring, and the latest, complete systems offer control and monitoring of foodservice, fuel and other critical equipment.

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With an advanced system, a typical convenience store might see $4,000 in annual energy savings and $6,000 in annual operational savings, resulting in a possible payback period of less than 24 months — and it can be faster, depending on store size and functions.

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