FI News 05/2019
LET’S TALK ABOUT: INTRODUCING THE FRESHINDEX –THE DYNAMIC EXPIRY DATE WILL BECOME REALITY IN AUGUST 2019!
Just a few months remain until the start of the field trial where the FreshIndex Dynamic Expiry Date (DED) will be introduced to selected stores in METRO Germany (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and St. Augustin). During the last year the FreshIndex consortium teams made huge efforts to prepare the DED and are ready to prove its benefits for B2B and B2C users.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE FIELD TRIAL DESIGN:
AS FOLLOWS, THE COMPONENTS OF THE TRIAL ARE DESCRIBED:
The Cloud unites data that is collected and measured along the entire product supply chain namely initial product hygiene, temperature data from sensors, data from METRO ProTrace and laboratories. Additionally real time validation from rapid test devices is also included.
The DED is calculated using the initial product hygiene, temperature data and food models.
Temperature monitoring with tsenso sensors
Traceability with METRO PROTrace
The PROTrace cloud for product identification and traceability holds data on production, logistics (such as arrival and departure times) and sales quantity. The PROTrace cloud delivers the required data to the FreshIndex Cloud where it is matched with sensor data.
Validation of results
Accuracy of the DED calculation will be supported by data from rapid test devices and laboratory measurements at each point along the product supply chain. The data will be made available in the FreshIndex Cloud.
Do you want to be part of the FreshIndex Trial?
If you offer innovative quality measurement solutions or rapid tests for food safety and data quality there is still time to join the trial. To showcase your solution during the field trial in METRO, please contact the project coordinator Matthias Brunner: email@example.com
FI B2B Frontend
The relevant departments (for example logistics, quality) get an alert when temperature is out of range or shelf life is nearing expiration / has expired. A detailed overview is given of the shelf life of all products in all warehouses and stores plus details on the physio-chemical & microbiological properties of each batch of product.
FI B2B Consumer App
The B2C application makes the FreshIndex and its Dynamic Expiry Date accessible to end consumers. When customers scan the barcode of a product, they will not only get the DED and information on the actual freshness of the product, but also information on the sustainability (CO2 footprint), as well as product and producer details.
EXPERIENCE THE FRESHINDEX IN ACTION
A roadshow to present the project in selected METRO stores will take place during August and September and will focus on the pork products in the trial scope. An information booth will be available where customers will be given smartphones with the B2C Application. They will be able to scan the products to check the dynamic expiry date. Using an anonymous questionnaire prepared by project partner Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS) customers will be interviewed on site in order to understand how they perceive the application and whether they appreciate the added value of a dynamic expiry date application. The road show will start in Stuttgart (Korntal) followed by St. Augustin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg (Altona) and ending in Berlin. We will bring you the exact dates in our next newsletter.
Meanwhile, we will be ramping up the activities and preparing the operational teams in advance of the field trial. We are looking forward to bringing you more news in our next mailing!
Your FreshIndex team
FRESHINDEX BEHIND THE SCENES
Meet the project partners: METRO
METRO is a leading international wholesale company with food and non-food assortments that specialises on serving the needs of hotels, restaurants and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent traders. Around the world, METRO has some 24 million customers who can choose whether to shop in one of the large-format stores, order online and collect their purchases at the store or have them delivered. METRO in addition also supports the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and own businesses with digital solutions and thereby contributes to cultural diversity in retail and hospitality. Sustainability is a key pillar of METRO’s business. METRO has been the sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last four years. The company operates in 36 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. In financial year 2017/18, METRO generated sales of €36.5 billion. In September 2018 METRO AG initiated the divestment process for the food retail chain Real with its 34,000 employees.
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