increases savings in labor and expired shrink. Since its
initial launch in 2011, grocers have prevented more than 4
million expired items from ending up in shoppers’ hands.
“The U. S. throws away $165 billion worth of food every
year,” says Pinpoint Software CEO Andrew Hoeft, who
cites the promising opportunities “to offer an even more
efficient and effective solution for grocers to fight waste
within their stores.”
The upgraded release features integration with sales
data to determine the best merchandising action for
each soon-to-expire product, and a management dash-
board with real-time data on top loss products, ROI and
“Pinpoint has taken the Date Check Pro app to a
new level,” says Chad Knutson, asset protection profit
improvement manager for De Pere, Wis.-based Skogen’s
Festival Foods. “My favorite new added feature, the dashboard, allows users and administrators to fully immerse
themselves, more than ever before, in date verification
and receiving the direct impact of the program, such as
savings/ROI, user performance and timelines.”
Fresh packaging is playing an increasingly critical role in
the ability of supermarkets to present a safe food supply.
“Food safety has always been important. It shows customers that you care about them,” says Richard. Smart
packaging, which contains sensors that detect changes
in food quality and spoilage, is already in development,
“Going forward, we will see packaging that plays a
more active role in keeping products fresher over a lon-
ger period of time,” says Laible. “In addition, there will
be special types of packaging that will actively identify
products that may be unsafe to consume.”
Helping to reassure consumers about the safety of
the foods they put in their shopping carts, tamper-proof
product packaging is gaining momentum across the store.
“Our Simply Secure tamper-evident packaging is a huge
trend for us,” says Fosse of Lindar Corp.
With Simply Secure products, the consumer has to pull
a plastic tab from the package to open it. Another advantage of the pull-off tab is that it eliminates the need for a
wraparound label, allowing better product visibility.
Snacking and safety go hand in hand at Mansfield,
Mass.-based Lacerta Group Inc., which recently introduced a new tamper-evident snack pack that “combines
food safety and convenience,” says Marketing Coordinator Jazmin Lotfi. The snack pack also features a compartment that accommodates a 2-ounce cup for dipping.
“In general, we have been coming out with more tamper-evident containers, as the industry is looking for
peace of mind and innovative designs,” Lotfi says.