The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Food Waste

on December 20, 2016 food waste, recycling, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, waste management and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

It’s the holiday season, and with that comes a burst in food retail sales as consumers celebrate in delicious traditions. However, in the decadent holiday spirit, this time of year provides an even stronger argument for trimming on costs and maximizing the boost in sales, as well as leading by example in our efforts to […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Regulated Waste

on September 28, 2016 the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, waste management and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

Improper handling of waste can have very costly impacts for food retailers.  Best practices to implement include setting up distinct collection sites and a corresponding organization system for stores to temporarily store regulated waste streams before they are sent back to the DC for processing or waste vendors. After assessing nearly 700 grocery stores through the […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Product Display

on August 30, 2016 product display, Study, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

More and more consumers are interested in purchasing products that reflect their values and are made by companies that practice social and environmental responsibility. According to a 2015 study by Nielsen, 66% of consumers surveyed are willing to pay more for these products.  When you just consider the millennial consumer, 73% of global millennials are willing to […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Pre-rinse Spray Valves

on July 27, 2016 the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Uncategorized, Water consumption and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

One of the things we hear most from retailers that we work with is that going through the Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) process drives home the many, many things that impact sustainability at a grocery store.  Store employees are not just given the big picture about why sustainability matters (making the planet and community better […]

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Freezers and Coolers

on May 31, 2016 Energy efficiency, food waste, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good and Tags: , , with 0 comments

Covering coffin/bunker style freezers and coolers keeps products fresher longer and slashes energy bills. These doors are often removable, allowing stores to customize the display during times of high traffic, like holidays. Leaving these freezers and coolers uncovered can lead to some expensive results. Products in open, uncovered coffin/bunker style freezers and coolers are more likely […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Recycling Cardboard

on April 27, 2016 recycling, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, waste management and Tags: , , with 0 comments

Food retailers generate large amounts of recyclable materials, like corrugated cardboard. Recycling cardboard not only trims on waste hauling costs but it generates significant revenue for a grocery chain, up into the millions of dollars with diligent recycling methods.  We’ve seen many retailers where proper employee training and clear signage promoting recycling can make a big […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Air Curtains

on March 29, 2016 Energy efficiency, food waste, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

Air curtains are used to save energy by reducing the heat transfer between two spaces, like in open-air display refrigerated or freezer display cases. Correct usage of air curtains is key to ensuring product freshness, prolonging shelf life, and increasing refrigeration efficiency. Unfortunately, without regular spot checks throughout the day, air curtains can easily be obstructed by tags […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Making Retail Refrigeration More Sustainable

on February 24, 2016 Energy efficiency, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Uncategorized with 0 comments

Did you know that retail refrigeration systems can account for up to 80% of an average grocery store’s energy footprint? Sustainable supermarket refrigeration is a big topic with lots of variables to consider.  Big efficiency gains can be made by overhauling all of your systems, but there are also a lot of small improvements retailers […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lighting Sensors – Boosting lighting efficiency in retail

on January 27, 2016 Energy efficiency, lighting efficiency, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

Is lighting efficiency one of your top priorities? According to EnergyStar, “lighting represents about 22 percent of the electricity consumption in a typical retail establishment, not including its effect on cooling loads. Lighting retrofits can save 30 to 50 percent of lighting energy as well as 10 to 20 percent of cooling energy.” Lighting is […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Seafood Displays

on December 15, 2015 Energy efficiency, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Water consumption and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

There is an art to creating the perfect, eye-catching seafood display for your customers.  Your customers are looking for the best quality, price and food safety.  While some may argue that a bed of ice creates a more visually appealing display, the benefits to your bottom line, employee safety and creating a more sustainable retail […]

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