|Ron Chapek | Director of Product Management, ProAct Enterprise Software Services
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
Today, across nearly all industries, corporations are being held to higher standards for sustainable operations and the food retail industry is no different. For convenience stores, much of the drive to be more sustainable is coming from evolving consumer demands. According to a Nielsen’s 2014 corporate social responsibility survey, 55% of global respondents said they are willing to pay extra for products and services from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact — an increase from 50% in 2012 and 45% in 2011.
An increasingly important tool to help operators enhance sustainability efforts to meet changing consumer demands and government regulations is the gathering of data that can be strategically used to reduce waste, increase efficiency and ensure food freshness and safety. One way to accomplish this is through remote monitoring.
Remote monitoring services collect data from sensors that monitor conditions like products and case temperatures. They also provide real-time performance data on critical store equipment, including insights around energy expenditure, equipment operating condition and health, facility maintenance needs, refrigerant leaks and shrink causes.
With remote monitoring, retailers can also control and monitor facility systems across multiple sites and entire enterprises, giving them the ability to monitor food and maintain efficiency throughout the entire chain.
By leveraging the data gathered via monitoring, companies can not only improve efforts to safeguard food and gain operational efficiency, they can also contribute to sustainability efforts.
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