When it comes to supermarket maintenance, it’s important that store operators seek to maximize efficiency with everything they do. They need to be cost-efficient, energy-efficient and efficient about how they do work. There’s little room for error in this regard, as supermarket profits have thin margins, and resources therefore can’t go to waste.
That’s why managers need to think about instilling balance in their maintenance strategies. If they dedicate too much time or money to their refrigeration infrastructures, they’re likely to see diminishing returns rather than get the best bang for their buck. If they’re too negligent, they risk selling low-quality products and encountering trouble with issues like regulatory compliance.
The correct answer lies somewhere in the middle. If companies are able to examine the effects of their actions, they should be able to achieve the right balance and maximize their value opportunity.
Finding a balanced strategy
The major breakthrough comes when companies stop thinking of their maintenance tasks as menial chores, but instead as exciting sources of potential profit. According to Maintenance Technology, the challenge is to find a budgeting strategy that maximizes energy efficiency and product quality without overspending. That’s something stressed regularly by Mike Laszkiewicz, vice president of Rockwell Automation Services and Support.
“Once identified, we work with the customer to develop strategies that reflect the appropriate mix of predictive, preventive and reactive techniques necessary to protect and improve productivity while reducing overall costs,” Laszkiewicz told the news source. “In some instances, this may mean implementing programs to reduce employee turnover, improve technology training, or engaging an outside service provider for assistance with routine maintenance activities.”
Every store has its own dynamics and its own unique set of customer needs and challenges, so it’s important for operators to figure out the right balance of cost and impact that works for them.
Examining the impact of your choices
With every choice a supermarket business makes in maintenance practices, no matter how small, the key is to examine the impact in terms of cause and effect. If you spend an extra $1 today on a better refrigeration infrastructure, for example, what ripple effect is likely to follow? How much money will you save tomorrow as a result of your increased energy efficiency, higher product quality and reduced risk of regulatory issues?
Every decision you make has a direct impact on supermarket profitability. Understanding the finer points of this principle will help you truly maximize the profit potential of your business.