Temperature monitoring, energy reduction, labour savings and visits by the inspectorate are not just issues faced by convenience stores. The same applies to hotels, restuarants, pharmacies, medical surgeries, blood banks, warehousing, butchers, bakers and so the list goes on. There are so many industries which a product such as goldilock wwww.goldilock.co.uk can bring benefits to and as such we are focusing on entering these markets. As such we are looking for some UK based hotels and restuarants to trial Goldilock for a two week period to see exactly how the system can benefit these businesses. A case study will then be written which will appear on our website.
As such if you know of anyone who may be interested in participating in this then please ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
We are also interested in writing articles in conjunction with trade magazines for these areas. If you know of any then please pass them our details.
The need for individuals and businesses to save energy is a theme which has increased in momentum in the last 10 years. The realisation that we need to live more sustainable lives, offer goods and services which have the least impact on the environment as possible and act to reduce our expenditure means that we are constantly searching for simple ways to reduce our energy usage.
Example – Convenience Store
A system such as Goldilock can be easily analysed to determine the cycling of refrigeration units which can be used to enable you to change the thermostat of your units. For every one degree a unit is away from its optimal temperature a 2% increase in energy usage occurs, equating to a £450 per unit per additional degree. In our experience, through speaking with retailers and installing systems at their premises, we often find that retailers are running their units at either far too cold a temperature or too high a temperature, without even realising it.
By analysing the cycling of their refrigeration units retailers can also determine when a unit is running less efficently and perhaps malfunctioning. This means that an engineer can be called out to prevent the problem before it becomes a problem.
The sharing of knowledge and good working practices will aid everyone so how do you act to save energy in your business?
In the modern business era collaboration and partnership between businesses is an important step in achieving growth and development. This is not only evident in high technology, knowledge intensive industries but also applies to service providers and to any company that wants to develop at a faster rate. Goldilock is one such product line with which we are attempting to apply this model. To offer the benefits of the product to a wider audience, to increase increase awareness of any partnership companies and to increase the skill and knowledge base of each company are just some of the reasons for having this aim. We welcome enquiries from anyone who feels they may have a synergy with our service and product offering.
What is your experience with collaborations in your business?
Technology has made the world go technical way by communicating, collaborating and researching anytime anywhere. There is always an initial skepticism as to what if the electronic gadgets give up and what if the wrong websites are surfed or used against the society or norms? But then there are advantages as well wherein people around the world research the required information, communicate with each other and collaborate with each other to carry out important tasks sitting anywhere being anytime of the day.
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This blog entry focuses upon trade associations which can aid business proprietors just like you!
One of the trade associations dedicated to the fish and chip shop/restaurant industry is the National Federation of Fish Friers. This has been operating since 1913 and has grown to become a truly valued association by its members. The NFFF publishes eight magazines a year which are full of industry related news, the latest industry developments, case studies of successful fish and chip establishments, information with regard to suppliers and advice for its members. NFFF members get discounted prices from supplier and a wealth of information with regard to The National Fish and Chip Awards. Speaking from experience many of the NFFF members use fish caught from the sea that day, take complete and utter pride in every area of their business and produce meals which are out of this world for taste and quality.
When it comes to the convenience store industry there are many different associations due to the wide range of different businesses within this area i.e. independent convenience stores, branded convenience stores, single store owners, multiple store owners and forecourt traders. One of the largest associations is the National Association of Convenience Stores. There are also a multitude of trade magazines such as the Grocer Magazine, Convenience Store and Independent Retail News, all of which provide valuable information to business owners.
When it comes to the pharmaceutical industry the National Pharmaceutical Association, established in 1921 is on hand to enable member’s supplier discounts, provide advice and support, and provide training. The NPA also produce industry related magazines and publications.
It would be interesting to hear how associations and trade magazines such as those mentioned have aided your business?
Ten years ago systems which aid in temperature monitoring would have been viewed as a luxury as opposed to a necessity. However with the increase in technical solutions and hence their reduction in cost these systems are now a necessity to any busy, forward thinking establishment. There are various other reasons for this change in perception, for instance a change in consumer attitudes. Consumers now expect the very best, freshest produce possible and one way of ensuring this is by ensuring the correct temperature of food is maintained. Restaurants and convenience stores are now far busier and fast paced than ever before meaning that less time is able to be spent on temperature monitoring. Establishments have become increasingly regulated meaning that temperature records have to be kept up to date with explanations of non-conformances. The same level of detail and information provided by a temperature monitoring system could not be obtained via manual methods, hence the reason why these systems are now a necessity and not a luxury.
Heres wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! We hope that 2013 will be an exciting and successful year for all our customers. The majority of our customers will be working hard over the Christmas and New Year period be that in convenience stores, restaurants or veterinary surgeries. Without your dedication many services that we take for granted over the holiday period would not be avaliable.
Speak to you in 2013!!