Tailored to fit daily work routines
They use our solutions in their daily routines and it helps the staff to catch products at risk of expiring in an early stage. In the advanced date checking app they'll get a digital copy of the store layout. It makes it super compatible with how they work on a daily basis. The date checking follows a natural route so that staff don't have to go back and forth to find the products. If the shelves are re-arranged, the layout is easy to change. If a product is at risk of not selling before the expiry date, the staff gets a new marked down price tag. It gets printed via the discount label printer connected to our solutions.
Items with short expiration dates are located and marked down or repurposed directly. This means the staff no longer have to keep track of soon to expire items. The systems handle this automatically.
– Markus Wahlgren Store manager, Stora Coop Visby
Plays well with others
There are a variety of solutions out there to manage expired products. The thing with Whywaste’s tools is that it helps the store to prevent food waste at an earlier stage. Stora Coop Visby also partners with a surplus food collection solution. They work well together with ours, since the biggest impact of each service emerges at different stages in the food waste chain.
Our tools give valuable data on how much food waste one specific item has caused, at different times. That makes it possible to customise the assortment and purchase volumes according to data instead of a gut feeling. By using accurate data like this the store is able to take preventive action to reduce food waste.
The Whywaste team were on-hand during launch and installation. We made sure the staff were up to speed with the new routines, but once the system was up and running, they didn't need much help. The solutions are developed to be intuitive and user-friendly. This allows new, as well as more experienced, staff to quickly learn and use them efficiently.
In addition to using our solutions the store continues to turn new stones to reach their zero waste goal. Markus Wahlgren’s best tips on how to succeed is to be open to new things. Don’t be a naysayer! Be bold, if it fails, at least you’ve learned something. Their fish counter is an embodiment of that statement, since it's also a record shop. Obviously. And it’s not your average record shop either. At Coop Records, Books & Things you’ll find a well curated selection of acid folk to weird shoegaze. Who wouldn’t want a good tune with their tuna!
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