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Blockstore Smart Stores Stepping up in Sustainability

By Juha Maijala, CEO, Blockstore Group

Sustainability - a top priority for our company. At the beginning of our journey, we faced some challenges in pitching our solution. Many were skeptical of the need for closed intelligent cabinet solution (with single cooling engine and glass door). But although there are doors consumers need to open before having access to products, our data showed that a closed cabinet system consumes up to 300% less cooling energy than traditional open shelves. Grocery supermarkets still operate with those in use, but luckily many are shifting to closed door cooling units.

Blockstore Smart Stores consume

62 % less energy

compared to traditional grocery store cooling systems

We compared the current situation between our smart grocery store and traditional grocery store, focusing on cooling energy consumption in both environments. The results surprised us positively! Currently our solution can bring up to a 62% reduction in cooling energy consumption, compared to traditional stores having size around 110-130m2. The results are illustrated in picture 1 below.

Cooling energy consumption comparison between Blockstore Group’s Smart Store and Traditional Grocery Stores.

As you might have noticed in the picture, we listened to our customers and started to improve and refine our approach, incorporating modularity. Modularity means here that one intelligent unit with multiple cabinets is cooled with only one optimized cooling engine, may it be remotely outside the actual store (remote) or in the module itself (plug-in). This will further improve our energy efficiency, and this is the direction we are going.

Our focus on energy efficiency is only part of the story. Our smart grocery stores also offer logistical benefits that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 87%, all while providing the convenience and accessibility that customers demand. On this topic we need to provide more insights with our customers and combine it with online delivery optimization.

We believe that the future of local grocery lies in the combination of local supermarkets and online click-and-collect capabilities. And we are committed to leading the way in providing innovative solutions that benefit both our customers and the environment.

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