Every day, consumers become more conscious of the waste they produce. Ocean life suffocates in plastic, yet, single-use packaging is still the central delivery system used in the FMCG industry in the whole world.
Roughly1/3 of the food produced in the world is either lost or wasted. Meanwhile, packaging and containers, especially paper, cardboard, and plastic, continue to be the principal source of waste in the retail sector.
Several issues arise from this matter for retail companies. First, waste management is costly and can harm a company’s profit projections. Second, the buyer is looking towards cleaner stores, especially food stores, where they spend most of their daily budget.
Therefore, in the past 4-5 years, companies in the retail chain value have been searching for sustainable paths to waste management.
These are now globally assembled under the Zero Waste initiative.
On the path to achieving Zero Waste in your retail business
Zero Waste is building momentum worldwide, and it’s already the goal of an extensive European Union program.
In Romania, the first step towards that target is a new legislative package affecting the retail sector that has come into force in 2018. The law requires companies to adopt a “pay-as-you-throw” business model. However, it’s just a small-sized measure in the larger scheme of global pollution.
Worldwide, some organizations from the FMCG sector are trying to support Zero Waste through recycling solutions or eco-friendly materials manufacturing. That requires long-term investments in new production lines as well as changing the entire distribution chain.
A faster way for food stores to become Zero Waste actors is by encouraging new consumer habits. That includes using technology advancements, such as intelligent scales, and introducing novel shopping programs.
Thriving retailers adapt to customers’ demands
Supermarket chains are already trying to follow plastic-free trends. To respond to market demands, Avery Berkel has developed the intelligent Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scales.
Two hundred years of innovation stand behind this new range of scales meant to support the journey towards reducing and eliminating packaging and food waste.
With a futuristic and space-aware design, the XTi scales series from Avery Berkel helps retailers improve environmental awareness, as well as meet their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.
The XTi intelligent scales have been developed with the support of Biocoop, the French nationwide retailer, as well as with the input of smaller European retailers.
Customers tare their home-brought containers, and the scale issues a label, recording the taring information.
Nuts, seeds, cereals, dried pasta, rice, dried spices, dehydrated fruits, olive oil, and cleaning products are favorite Zero Waste items in supermarkets.
The intelligent scale accurately weighs the filled containers, using the tare details, and prints the final price label for the check-out.
Avery Berkel’s Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scaling technology currently includes three models.
The monobloc, self-service XTi100 / XTi101 scales, have a 10.1″ operator touchscreen, lack the rear display, and are ideal where vertical space is limited. The XTi300 has a large 18″ operator touchscreen, for easier and faster customer input.
All three models include a cassette label printer with a linerless option and have a 15kg AVR capacity.
Ready to join the Zero Waste movement?
For shoppers, intelligent scales and reusable containers are ethical solutions to reduced waste and control over purchased goods. They also promote a more conscious usage of single-use plastic.
From a business perspective, eco-friendly retailers are moving up the customers’ list of preferences, resulting in increased brand trust and profitability.
Avery Berkel’s innovative scales are now available in Romania in Smart ID’s retail solutions and product portfolio.
Ask our retail experts for more information on Zero Waste and Bring Your Own Container scales line!