Last updated on February 23rd, 2024 at 10:17 am
ShopRite has implemented Phononic’s 2nd Generation Active Cooling Solutions (ACS) freezer and refrigerator totes to pick, store and stage online orders and save space at one of its stores in New York.
The HFC-free, cooled totes also operate without traditional refrigerants, using technology that is more sustainable and cost effective.
According to Phononic, advancements in e-commerce and sustainable cooling technology – such as its tri-temp tote picking, storage and staging system – help grocers meet rising consumer demand for curbside and delivery orders.
Supported with 24-7 information-sharing capabilities, grocers are equipped with tote, cold chain compliance and energy consumption data to maximize use and efficiency.
“The recent launch of the Phononic 2nd Generation ACS totes allowed us to create an Order. Pickup. Deliver. department in a store with a smaller building footprint,” said President Steve Savas of Shop-Rite Supermarkets, which operates ShopRites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York’s Hudson Valley.
“We are always looking for opportunities to be at the forefront of innovation in digital commerce, and we are excited to be the first grocer in the nation with this technology.”
Using the totes at the New York location has increased space in its staging room and reduced congestion during peak hours.
“As the industry’s only solid-state cooling solution for curbside, Phononic’s Actively-Cooled tote makes economic sense,” said Larry Yang, chief product officer at Phononic.
“Not only is it easy to integrate the totes into ShopRite’s existing operations, but it’s incredibly scalable – capable of growing easily alongside ShopRite’s booming curbside business, and agile enough to keep up with daily order fluctuations.”
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, New Jersey. The largest supermarket co-op in the U.S., it has nearly 280 stores throughout New Jersey and Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.
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