The Future of Retail is Here
From destination shopping centers to your local convenience store, retail businesses are an essential part of communities across the world. Yet, as a people-centric and brick-and-mortar model, they face mounting challenges in today’s world. One such issue is how best to monitor stores while ensuring a safe environment for products and customers. Especially in the era of COVID-19.
Luckily, “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology solves these problems.
Consider temperature monitoring, for instance. Supply chains across the globe rely on keeping goods at the right temperature. This affects all kinds of businesses – from vast pharmaceutical companies to wholesalers and even the counter at your local deli. Not to mention all the storage and shipping operations behind the scenes.
The reality is, every seller already has their own system for keeping produce as fresh as possible before it reaches our plates, one they are used to and have used for a long time. Usually, though, these systems are labor-intensive, time-consuming, and more prone to human error.
A fully automated sensor solves all these issues, ensuring optimal conditions for refrigerators, freezers, and other storage areas around the clock. No human input needed.
What about air quality? Monitoring humidity and CO2 levels used to be a costly, specialized process. Now, however, an IoT sensor can ensure a safe environment for customers and sensitive products, giving alerts in real-time. This has become even more important during the pandemic and, through these simple sensors, the technology is now cheap and readily available.
Another emerging area is proactive maintenance. Rather than monitoring using outdated analog systems and routine maintenance checks, proactive maintenance via smart sensors catches potential issues before they become a problem. For instance, if moisture from a leak is detected in areas where appliances are present, you can be alerted and avoid costly repairs and losses. Similarly, a vibration monitoring sensor can detect abnormal vibrations in a piece of machinery, alerting you to a potential maintenance problem.
And these are just a few of the ways IoT sensors are quietly revolutionizing retail.
The exciting thing is, whether we’re talking about small brick-and-mortar stores or vast, new spaces like football stadiums, all are easier to manage through IoT. Larger facilities, like a stadium, can now monitor their occupancy and allow large-scale events to continue safely during a pandemic. By harnessing ‘smart’ IoT solutions at scale, life can carry on as normal, even in extraordinary circumstances.
Through the Helium Network, our devices and app provide large facility owners and managers a seamless and cost-effective solution to continuously monitor and track their facility, providing a safe environment for fans to cheer on their favorite team. Or, at smaller scales, for retailers to provide the best customer experience possible – thereby maximizing their customer base.