Use Cases for Stores – Optimize with Key Figures

Revenue-related metrics are important when operating stores. However, they are not enough to optimize and make store operations sustainable, which is necessary to withstand increasing competition. Enormous cost savings are possible through energy efficiency, optimal storage and the prevention of building damage. In this blog post, you can find out how you can realize this potential and which key figures are necessary for this.

Many sites are complex to control and manage, even more so when data is missing or not available in real time. Decisions must then be made based on gut feeling. In the worst case, the consequences are immense costs. You can visualize potential savings with the following key figures:

Optimize store energy consumption

Existing meters – electricity, gas, water, heat – should be read regularly. The detailed recording of main and sub-consumers makes cost items visible. However, manual reading only provides random data. In comparison, energy meters provide data at 15-minute intervals. Radio-based solutions also enable data transmission through entire buildings without reception problems. Electricity production, for example from solar systems, can also be recorded centrally.

Continuously monitor the indoor climate

The indoor climate is not only a feel-good factor in sales premises, but also has a direct effect on the health of customers and employees. At 40 to 60% humidity, influenza viruses die faster and mucous membranes that are important for the immune system remain moist. A scratchy throat and stuffy air makes customers quickly end the shopping experience. The collection of temperature, humidity and CO2 values in stores enables targeted control of heating, air conditioning and ventilation. In this way, subjective impressions and complaints can be objectified and valuable resources can be saved. In order to optimize the indoor climate, it is necessary to understand how it affects health. Information on this can be found in the white paper Optimal Indoor Climate for Productivity & Health.

Ensure storage

Temperature and humidity also play a central role in the storage of products. If these values are set incorrectly, damage can not only occur quickly, but may also lead to high costs due to incorrect cooling and humidification. Only with targeted control can the quality of stored merchandise be guaranteed and compliance with industry-specific standards, such as HACCP or GxP, documented. Digital solutions enable automatic and legally compliant recording without large personnel costs. By quickly alerting in the event of problems, damage can also be avoided at off-peak times and on weekends.

Analyze visitor flows in stores

Often, a visitor flow analysis is seen as a pure metric for marketing activities. However, useful insights can also be gained for site expansions, demand-oriented facility management and personnel planning. A comparison and evaluation of locations reveals optimisation potential and can serve as a basis for further key figures. How many customers do you have? Where do your customers stay and for how long? Digital solutions enable easy analysis for stores of all sizes.

Digitize and optimize technical facility management

By monitoring and documenting malfunctions, operating times and usage of equipment, you can save costs and resources. Plan the maintenance of elevators, escalators, entrances and exits, heating, cooling and ventilation, as well as sanitary facilities in stores according to demand. With the help of digital documentation, damage is quickly detected and maintenance can be planned in a targeted and consumption-oriented manner.

With modern solutions, such as the LineMetrics platform, you can easily connect your systems and automatically collect the most important data. Choose from a fixed monthly price of €50 per branch from the desired data and we will provide you with a complete solution. This makes it possible to optimize processes in a targeted manner with the right key figures.

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