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I know what you are all wondering, can IoT really reduce food waste? Well, according to a recent study by Supply Chain Dive, it has been proven that IoT can reduce at least 7% of food waste. Worldwide, it has been estimated that 30% of global production is lost or wasted every year according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)!
No wonder the impact of food waste is massive! Food waste contributes eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere, while 793 million people are undernourished.
The problem has been ignored for too long even though the data shows a dangerous level has been tipped, still, the problem has continued unabated. Why? This can be because of two reasons:
However, now the scales can be tipped back with technologies like autonomous IoT sensors and cloud-based analytics that are available today to make a difference in food and beverage. When properly applied, IoT-based analytics platforms can reduce food waste by 50% or more.
If you are in the industry of food & beverage, you would know that one of the main reasons for food waste is premature spoilage, this condition causes the products to go bad before it’s even expected! Tackling the problem can only be done by identifying the main cause of food wastage. Does this problem originate from poor in-store handling? Or from the storing machines and equipment within the storing site? If the problem originates from the storing site, the impact of temperature on produce often cannot be seen until it’s too late.
The ability to measure waste is key to identifying where to reduce food waste in the process. More food industry operations are leveraging data they collect to improve their processes. Therefore, automated data collection is necessary to gather the insights needed to improve the process and reduce food waste.
The main goal is to prevent conditions that actually cause food waste, this is becoming more achievable thanks to the rapid developments in IoT integrated with Ai, like Linkers Operations Excellence (Ox). Linkers Ox monitors and transforms the way businesses run their operations maintenance. Once Linkers Ox is installed, it turns the existing space into a smart space with a rich set of information and measures for optimization, process automation, and therefore reducing costs that are due from food waste.
What makes Linkers Ox unique is the real-time visualization and business rules automation of operational assets monitoring to prevent any abnormal conditions in the electricity, temperature, or humidity that would cause food waste. Learn more about Ox
With the advanced technology out there, it’s time to inspire and train team members to encourage behavioral change and efficiency. IoT monitoring solutions such as Linkers Ox can be integrated with smart devices, allowing the staff to take action just-in-time to protect food safety. Notifications can be easily set for abnormalities based on customizable threshold values for individual sensors or sensor groups. Team members can keep up with the latest updates in the operations to monitor and protect operations by alerts via email, SMS text, phone call, Integrated apps, and Linkers Ox dashboard.
As more leading companies are taking their first steps to reduce food waste as a priority, social responsibility, and to reduce costs, it makes this investment in IoT a win-win for all. Food waste is a solvable problem, but it requires thinking about the bigger picture, resources and education. Would you like to get the first steps in reducing food waste?