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Coborn’s Rolls Outs Logile Thermal Intelligence Solution


Last updated on January 26th, 2024 at 10:26 am

Coborn’s has installed Logile’s Thermal Intelligence solution in all banners across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan. 

A Logile customer since 2012, using its enterprise labor planning and forecasting solutions, Coborn’s sought to improve its food safety capabilities and address temperature-monitoring system limitations and challenges.

Coborn’s worked with Logile to finetune the new Thermal Intelligence solution design to work across all environments, including cold and hot food, pharmacies and car washes.

Unlike standard systems that measure only ambient air temperatures, Logile Thermal Intelligence monitors food temperatures 24/7 and alerts store personnel to any deviations or items requiring attention. 

The solution pushes notification up the chain if follow-up tasks are not completed. In addition, eliminating consistent overheating and over-chilling reduces energy costs and asset wear and tear.

“We have improved productivity and gained approximately two hours a day in redirection of labor by eliminating the manual temperature taking and recording process with Logile Thermal Intelligence,” said Kim Kockler, director of food safety at Coborn’s. 

“We can now accurately monitor and manage hot food temperatures in addition to cold foods, and can reliably keep our holding cases at the optimal temperatures for both food safety and food quality. 

“By avoiding overheating, our hot cases and holding both hot and cold cases at the right temperatures, we have less spoilage, reduced shrink and improved products to offer our customers. We now have the confidence that temperatures are always monitored with Logile’s 24/7 solution and that we are accurately measuring actual food temperatures and not just air discharge temperature. 

“We also anticipate reducing energy consumption and lowering our energy costs, as approximately every one degree off the correct temperature costs us 3 to 4.5 percent additional energy usage, which adds up across the enterprise. Logile has been a great partner and gone above and beyond to meet our unique requirements.”

About Coborn’s Inc.

St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Coborn’s Inc. is a 103-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with  about 10,000 associates and 77 grocery stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods, Hornbacher’s, Tadych’s Marketplace Foods and Sullivan’s Foods banners.

Coborn’s Inc. also operates fuel, liquor, and pharmacy locations. To support its more than 135 various retail business units, Coborn’s Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. 

In 2021, Coborn’s Inc. was named The Shelby Report of the Midwest’s Retailer of the Year.

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