Cold chain management

Providing insights for store efficiency and guaranteeing secure and HACCP-compliant cooling systems.

Automatic cold chain management: the basis for efficient and secure cooling systems

The availability of fresh products is one of the main differentiators that offline retailers have as an advantage over online retailers. Ensuring the function monitoring of cooling devices and the entire cold chain 24/7 is a crucial element for retail stores to keep this advantage and exploit the potential for higher efficiency.

  • Store managers require the long-term documentation of temperature data as well as permanent online remote control to ensure that their cold chain is compliant with HACCP principles. Real-time notification is necessary in order to allow immediate responses by the store personnel.
  • When cooling devices malfunction, food retailers face food wastage. This calls for more proactive intervention in the case of temperature fluctuations.
  • Retail stores have high energy costs, some of which is caused by cooling devices that run during peak times or that cause a load peak.
  • Devices from different vendors report their statuses in different dashboards, which results in inefficient monitoring processes.

Benefits at a glance

  • Ensuring efficient store processes and secure cooling systems
  • Consolidating device data from all manufacturers cuts food wastage, energy consumption, and overall costs
  • Saving up to one hour working time per day and store

How retailers benefit from automatic cold chain management

Operational efficiency

Predictive notification of malfunctions (or notification before a pre-defined temperature is reached) ensures that staff can intervene proactively. If an error is detected, the store personnel receive a notification on their device of choice. A store map shows exactly where the malfunctioning device is located within the store.

Reduced energy consumption

In order to have a holistic picture of the energy consumption, external systems such as pricing information about electricity can be taken into account to optimize energy consumption. The cooling intervals of the devices can be adjusted according to energy market prices in order to reduce load peaks.

Legal compliance and corporate responsibilities

Long-term documentation is generated for the temperature levels inside cooling devices. This can be used for legal reference and compliance proof (HACCP).


Reduced maintenance costs

Technicians and facility managers can automatically be alerted to resolve the problem, having received the information from the device in advance as to which component is defective.

Efficient monitoring via central dashboard

Consolidated visualization of data from cooling devices from various device manufacturers in one single dashboard reduces efforts on the part of store personnel and makes the entire monitoring and reporting process more efficient.


Clustering of stores

The data for all cooling devices can be viewed collectively across specialist divisions and departments. This allows retail stores to be clustered into units in order to identify regional or country-specific differences and identify optimization opportunities.

How retailers can extract the maximum potential from IoT

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Our cold chain management solution

Technical overview of the cold chain monitoring solution by Bosch.IO in English.

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