Grocery store owners and managers are constantly busy. If they aren’t addressing urgent concerns, they have other responsibilities like marketing, sales, retail displays, and customer service issues that demand their attention; and that’s just on the sales floor! This list doesn’t include their behind-the-scenes obligations such as payroll, scheduling, and inventory.
While those tasks are important, they are neglecting the biggest revenue driver that keeps their grocery store open: the safety of their food.
Food remains the top revenue producer for grocery stores. It’s the reason customers walk into the door. To continually earn their business again, you must care about the quality of the food you sell.
There’s much more to a grocery store food safety solution than simply telling an employee to check the expiration date on the cereal box or canned beans on the shelf. While expiration dates are important and should be monitored, there are other factors than can contaminate food if not managed appropriately.
Your local grocery store does not manufacture store brand foods in their back room. Their brand name stock is delivered just like everything else they sell. After its arrival, it is inventoried, stocked, and shelved for sale.
This means that local grocery stores bring in things like bread, produce, and other foods from across the globe. When inventory travels before it is sold, there are countless opportunities for groceries to be mismanaged during handling and processing, and there is potential for it to be exposed to harmful bacteria along the way.
It is crucial for grocery store managers to keep track of every step their inventory takes along the supply chain. By monitoring inventory from farm or manufacturer to your doorstep, you significantly reduce the risk of that food being unsafe for consumption.
Delis / Meat
Many grocery stores today have an in-store deli or meat section. It is important that the employees managing and working in these departments understand how to handle and monitor their inventory to ensure the meat stays safe to eat from its arrival to when it is sold. This means proper handling, temperature control, and storage practices that meet all food safety guidelines and regulations.
It’s hard to walk into a grocery store today that doesn’t sell fresh slices of pizza or ones that are made-to-order. This is a huge revenue driver, especially for on-the-go customers that don’t have time to cook. Yes, it’s convenient, delicious (it’s pizza, after all), and an easy sell for grocery stores.However, no matter how small or quick the sale, they still need to adhere to FDA guidelines regarding food safety to prevent against foodborne illnesses.
Think about all the ingredients that go into a pizza: the sauce, dough, bread, and toppings all need to be monitored throughout the process. Then think about how each ingredient requires different storage and handling to ensure food safety. In-house pizzerias are ideal for grocery stores when done correctly.
Who doesn’t love cookies, doughnuts, muffins and other tasty bakery treats? The answer: health inspectors. When these baked goods are improperly made or unsafely stored, many grocery stores have in-store bakeries to produce fresh products for shoppers to buy on a regular basis which can mean a big source of daily cash flow into the business. However, without a food safety solution plan in place, bakeries can cost owners money in fines for violations, with major violations potentially closing their business for good.
Research shows that a fountain soda costs anywhere from $0.08 to $0.13 per cup. The average grocery store sells a fountain drink for around $2, quite a return on investment for the owner! Fountain drinks may seem like a no-brainer for any grocery store owner. However, they must commit to maintaining the machine to ensure the safety of the drinks they sell. There are many food safety hazards and restrictions they must follow to properly serve fountain drinks including the handling and storage of cups, lids, and straws.
Adherence to food safety protocols helps a grocery store make more money. When grocery stores offer quality, safe, and convenient food, customers take notice and rewards theses stores with repeat business. Grocery stores that have food safety solutions in place have a greater chance of success compared to a store that ignores food safety protocols. Digital food safety solutions like SureCheck from PAR allow businesses to more easily monitor food safety across the supply chain and ensure records are kept safe and secure to meet FSMA guidelines. From temperature monitoring to food safety logs, SureCheck can help grocery store businesses maintain accurate records and keep food safe.
PAR offers SureCheck Advantage; an Intel-based IoT solution focused on food safety. It comes equipped with three temperature-measuring modes (traditional, infrared, and RFID), an Intel Atom processor inside, and features Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Learn more about SureCheck Advantage and how it can help meet your food safety needs!