Category Archives: Equipment, Design & Operations

Total monthly coverage of equipment, design and operation topics, including: refrigerated cases & systems, food preparation equipment, front end equipment, store design, decor & signage and climates. Equipment, Design & Operations News covers brief items of interest to this portion of our readership.

Points of Light

Retailers are taking a shine to LEDs, expanding use to almost every part of the store. Bright lights, big savings. That is the mantra … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Chilly forecast

Supermarkets are revamping their refrigeration systems with eco-friendly refrigerants and more efficient configurations and components. As supermarkets look to lessen their impact on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Safety Equipment at the Ready

When ensuring the safety of the food supply, pallets, shelving and sanitation systems take on prominent roles. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Self-made to order

Self-service kiosks, along with equipment for food preparation and presentation, keep things moving in the deli and bakery departments. On a Sunday afternoon, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Breaking out of the box

With a triangular addition at the front, Grand Food Center gained a showcase for its fresh produce and floral departments. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Cooked— and cleaned—to perfection

Retailers are looking for cooking equipment that is easy to use and simple to clean. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Behind the Looking Glass

Grocers are adding doors, LED lighting and other energy-saving features to refrigerated cases. At home, consumers keep yogurt, milk and cheese in the refrigerator, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Caught in the act!

Retail theft remains high but grocers are using some reliable crime stoppers such as cameras and public view monitors in new ways. Shoppers struggling … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Lasting impression

The parking lot and store vestibule offer supermarket customers clues about what to expect on the rest of their shopping trip. If shoppers see … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

LEEDing the way to sustainability

Many supermarkets are making an effort to use sustainable materials, and an increasing number are getting their projects certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Economizing with equipment

With space and budget dollars at a premium, grocers are looking for economical deli and bakery equipment. By Kim Ann Zimmermann Whether via money, … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

An eye on design

Satisfying the consumer is first and foremost as supermarkets focus on designs that enhance the shopper experience. Space is a precious commodity, especially for … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Equipment upgrade

Grocery Headquarters takes a look at some of the latest developments in design, refrigeration, lighting, displays and all of the other equipment that keeps … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

FMI show teams efficiency with design

Retailers can learn about the latest in sustainable store design and energy-efficient refrigeration systems among other topics at the FMI Energy & Store Development … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Naturally chilly

Natural refrigerants, improved compressor technology and monitoring systems are among the advancements in refrigeration systems. By Kim Ann Zimmermann Like many of the foods … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

3PLs lend a hand

Third-party logistics providers help keep the supply chain running smoothly, freeing up grocers to focus on their core business. By Kim Ann Zimmermann As … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Spinning profits

As usage occasions expand and equipment becomes customizable, retailers can get more out of their rotisserie ovens. By Kim Ann Zimmermann The chicken has … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

At your service

As in-store bakeries and delis focus on scratch baking, artisan breads and restaurant-quality meals, equipment manufacturers are keeping pace. By Kim Ann Zimmermann Some … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Hot out of the oven

High-tech cooking equipment that saves energy and space is gaining favor with grocers. By Kim Ann Zimmermann A retailer simply roasting up a few … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Making a splash

A gallery of hot and cool products appealed to NAFEM attendees looking to save energy and labor costs while producing high-quality prepared foods. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Shining examples

Improvements to LED and traditional lighting are providing retailers with a wealth of options. By Kim Ann Zimmermann A customer will become aware of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Double duty

Loss prevention equipment is going beyond catching the misdeeds of shoppers and employees. Cameras, monitors and other devices are also helping to improve customer … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

The heat is on

Heated merchandisers are becoming more flexible, energy efficient and stylish. By Kim Ann Zimmermann Not so long ago, the hot food offerings at supermarkets … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Planet pleasing

Whether they are seeking LEED or GreenChill certification or just becoming more environmentally friendly, grocers are investing in energy-efficient equipment and designs. By Kim … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Making products P-O-P

Point-of-purchase fixtures, displays and shelving are helping retailers call attention to new items, highlight healthy options and stock product faster. By Kim Ann Zimmermann … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations