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Food Retailers’ Continuous Efforts for a More Sustainable Future

Several food retail organizations across the country are actively adopting sustainable initiatives as looming refrigerant regulations from state and national environmental agencies continue to put pressure on them. The use of natural refrigerants in commercial and industrial applications has been placed in the spotlight aiming to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Now, food retailers and industry organizations are jointly rallying

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Are Micro-Fulfillment Centers the Future of Food Retail?

The accelerated adoption of e-commerce platforms in the food retail industry has created new problems— the need to fulfill online orders efficiently and effectively while facing the challenge of keeping inventory available. To keep up with the changing demands of customers driven mostly by the current pandemic health crisis, food retailers have promoted several innovations. One such innovation is putting

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How to Achieve Optimum Energy Efficiency in Your Food Retail Stores

Energy management is essential when operating a retail store. Reducing energy cost and achieving optimal energy efficiency are priorities that retailers strive for especially in the food retail sector, where storing and processing food products entail using a lot of power. In the US, grocery stores consume an average electrical power of 52.5 kWh per square foot per year, with

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It’s the Year of the Apps: How Grocery Apps are Becoming the New Normal

Mobile apps have, in one way or another, shaped how we live our day-to-day lives. From relying on mobile apps for networking, fitness, and even our health, apps are one of the most defining innovations brought about by the advancement of the digital world. Now, with the acceleration of the adoption of technology in the food retail industry, mobile apps

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Is CO2 Giving Ammonia a Run for Its Money in the World of Industrial Refrigeration?

Since the early 1900s, ammonia has long been used as a major refrigerant in industrial refrigeration. Due to its thermodynamic properties, ammonia (NH3, R717) is used as a common refrigerant for large-scale, industrial applications and considered as a foundation for food processing and cold storage. As the use of natural refrigerants evolves, and through the advancement of technology in the

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Food Retail and What Will It Look Like in the Future?

It has been one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. As a result, we have witnessed a sea of change in various industries worldwide, especially in food retail. There has been an accelerated adoption of online initiatives, exponential growth in demand for food products in supermarkets, and unprecedented consumer behavior changes. A year later, here

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