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Grocery Outlet Uses Cloud Analytics to Enhance Refrigeration

By
Shalmali Prakash
November 30, 2022

At A Glance

  • Axiom Cloud recently revealed that 79 Grocery Outlet locations across California had begun using its "apps for refrigeration"
  • The apps have already assisted Grocery Outlet stores in saving $418,000 on energy bills and maintenance expenses within the initial three months of operation
  • There are 430 Grocery Outlet stores spread over the states of California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Oregon
  • Virtual Battery enables Grocery Outlet to benefit from lucrative Automated Demand Response incentives, which lower expenses and boost ROI

Axiom Cloud recently revealed that 79 Grocery Outlet locations across California had begun using its "apps for refrigeration." Grocery Outlet will utilize the Axiom apps to increase refrigeration uptime, lower refrigerant leak rates, and create additional revenue through automated demand response. The apps have already assisted Grocery Outlet stores in saving $418,000 on energy bills and maintenance expenses within the initial three months of operation.

"Grocery Outlet has been interested in using cloud analytics for things like predictive maintenance, energy commissioning, and demand response for a few years now, but we hadn't found the right technology partner. We are looking to install Axiom apps in more stores throughout the US if results continue to be so positive,” said Grocery Outlet’s Senior Director of Refrigeration and Sustainability, Frank Davis.

There are 430 Grocery Outlet stores spread over the states of California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. Independent Operators based in the communities the stores serve own the stores.

Grocery Outlet now gets real-time access to refrigeration data across all enrolled sites in one dashboard thanks to Facilities Analyzer, the core software of Axiom. Additionally, highly contextual alerts notifying Grocery Outlet Independent Operators (IOs) about critical maintenance needs, refrigerant leaks, and energy-saving opportunities will be sent to them.

By using low-temperature refrigeration and HVAC loads to take part in utility demand response programs, Axiom's Virtual Battery app gives Grocery Outlet an entirely new revenue stream. Additionally, Virtual Battery enables Grocery Outlet to benefit from lucrative Automated Demand Response incentives, which lower expenses and boost ROI. 

"We're thrilled to announce that Grocery Outlet has progressed from a pilot to a major regional rollout. Their franchise model means that energy and maintenance costs at individual stores are always subject to additional scrutiny, and we're looking forward to helping independent operators increase their margins and better serve their communities," said Axiom Cloud’s CEO, Amrit Robbins.