28 Feb

Surpassing Convenience in Your C Stores

Surpass convenience in your C store

As of December 31, 2016, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS) Fact Sheets tells us the U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores, a 0.2 percent increase (340 stores) from the year prior, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.

Food-Forward 

Here is the context. You’re a C Store chain owner, which means you know about credit card fees and time-consuming debit holds for unpaid fuel bills. You’re in the business of providing quality goods in the least amount of time at a fair price.

A word on surpassing C Store values in the premium food game from Quick-service and Fast-Casual Restaurant News (QSR) asks: Is your C Store a threat to restaurants? 

This has you now thinking ‘food-forward,’ after reading a comment from NPD Group food-service industry analyst, Bonnie Riggs, “C Stores are here to stay as a competitor to quick-service restaurants.”

C Stores have been in the business of providing fresh, prepared foods for years, and that NACS bit you just read now urges your response to rapidly accelerating demand for sublimely tasty C Store food. The best decisions are well-fed decisions.

This fiercely competitive market demands your guest experiences surpass the next level. But is there a useable, common cents, adaptable solution?

Yes, there is a comprehensive, low-cost, remote monitoring solution for C Stores. That’s where that especially nice word surpass and IoT come in.

C Store Advantage

Buyer experience can be improved using the renewed efficiency IoT provides. The menu is written ‘on the C Store wall,’ dear owners. In short, you owe these improvements not only to your beloved customers, but also to your enterprising-minded selves.

Also noteworthy: C Store beer sales account for 30 percent of all beer sold in the U.S. The Internet of Things can help you prime that appetite by elevating customer experience. How’s that for opportunity to bank better customer experience?

C Stores must surpass mere fuel stations who sell food incidentally, to become food retailers that also sell gas.

Remote Monitoring Solutions can help you tap thirsty, pick-up business using IoT applications whose data insights using a remote monitoring solution for C Stores, can lead to real operational improvements that mean better customer experience. Call it preventive enhancement.

IoT applications for C Stores include everything from sensor-enabled kitchens that make menu and food service updates more efficient, to temperature or vibration sensors that efficiently maintain HVAC systems, coolers and refrigeration units to ensure product excellence, and an appropriate environment for maximum guest satisfaction.

“With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), detailed monitoring, record keeping and reporting of food temperatures for commercial food producers and suppliers, including convenience stores, will be critical. Connected store equipment can provide real-time updates of temperature and other necessary data for compliance with new food safety regulations.” (Convenience Store Decisions)

Call to Surpass Convenience

It’s time you surpassed convenience in your C Stores using a cost-saving, easy-to-use Internet of Things (IoT) solution. I won’t kid you, I especially mean, by using the remote monitoring solutions for C Stores kind, from Monnit, the leader in low-cost, remote monitoring solutions. Practical improvement beginning with every customer smile.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

 

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23 Feb

Why We Love Wireless (and You Should Too!)

A Monnit Remote Monitoring Solution for Every Animal

It’s about sharing the love, right?

Thinking about this week’s postings, I asked myself a question. Why do we love wireless, remote monitoring solutions? And more importantly, why should you? Here’s a quick, maybe even obvious, list of top-five reasons we love wireless, and you should too.

1. Peace of Mind from Anywhere 

Borrowing from Helpsystems.com’s Technical Solutions Consultant, Kevin Jackson, it makes sense to note, in today’s networked age of disparate locations, up-time can be tricky for many businesses. That’s the first thing we love about remote monitoring solutions, you can monitor and manage your systems from anywhere, anytime.

Helpsystem.com’s example uses network management for a school district and financial institutions, both of which represent perfect opportunity to employ remote monitoring solutions to improve operations efficiently from one central location. But the love doesn’t stop there. Here’s a list of Monnit applications.

2. Low-cost Can’t Lose

We’ll use last week’s facility management post as our cost-saving hero example. I hate to overstate a good thing, but helping businesses save money is a big deal. For about $500-$600, Monnit’s comprehensive, Remote Monitoring Solution for Commercial Properties, coupled with our best-in-class support can warn you before any downpour on your bottom line, while helping maintain appropriate and comfortable environments in your offices at the same time.

In this scenario, paying $15,000 to replace furniture and business assets wouldn’t be a surprise. We love remote monitoring because low-cost solutions mean greater peace of mind. Here’s the Case Use, again.

3. Easy Set-up

Monnit remote monitoring systems can be set-up in a few minutes, and our intuitive interface makes managing your system a snap. A snap! Enough said.  We love remote, wireless monitoring because time saved can equal more time for important things.

4. Wireless Sensor Variety

The fourth reason we love wireless, remote monitoring is variety, or ‘the spice of life,’ according to some. With over 55 different sensor types, and more being developed by our crack team of engineers all the time, the sky is the limit for remote monitoring applications.

5. Best-in-Class Support

We love wireless monitoring so much we package it with best-in-class support and a “top-notch product every step of the way,” says Eli in Monnit Customer Service. “There are so many awesome people who call us on a daily basis. It’s one of the main reasons I look forward to coming into work.”

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

 

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16 Feb

The Next Chapter in Better Facilities Management

Choose the leader in low-cost remote monitoring

The Internet of Things (IoT) is really about efficiency, which means the next chapter in better facility management will be smarter than last year’s.

Most commercial property owners, and many of its managers don’t arrive on-location equipped with a ‘Facilities Guide for Dummies’ in hand. Unquestionably, it’s no easy thing to manage and maintain any property when rain and storms are soaking the floors in the office suites next door. Despite nature’s unpredictability, such costly problems can be prevented using the IoT without an advanced degree in facility management.

Say you’re a large property manager with several office buildings in your portfolio, and you’ve been hunting for ways to lower operating costs. Here’s a cost-saving, Monnit Property Management Solution Case Use example.

Monnit was contacted by a large property management company looking for ways to prevent plumbing damage because of water leaks, and to ensure tenants could depend on appropriate heating and cooling in their offices.

Just earlier that week, a water heater failed, resulting in water damage to several vacant offices and two suites that were already occupied. A call came in from one of the occupied suites, but too late to prevent the unexpected repairs you’re still paying for,  and worse, those especially painful losses of rents. Here’s where the ‘next chapter’ comes in.

You could have earned peace of mind at a fraction of your actual cost. For about $500-$600, Monnit’s comprehensive, Remote Monitoring Solution for Commercial Properties, coupled with Monnit’s best-in-class support would have warned you before the downpour on your bottom line, while helping you maintain appropriate and comfortable environments in your offices at the same time. You paid roughly $15,000 for furniture and asset replacement.

Monnit Water sensors can be used to detect and alert owners of the immediate presence of water around water heaters and plumbing in office building water closets. Temperature sensors keep track of  heating and air conditioning systems temperature output and provide alerts of potential issues before they become expensive, time-consuming problems.

After installing Monnit’s Remote Monitoring Solution, temperature sensors detected a failing boiler over a particularly frigid winter weekend. Though temperatures began to drop inside the facility, the property manager was notified before building temperatures reached freezing. Had the preset temperature sensors not alerted them, there was a high probability the plumbing would have frozen and caused damage. Instead, they were able to repair the system and maintain normalized temperatures by start of business on Monday. Low-cost, easy, and efficient.

How’s that for a new chapter in better facility management? Here’s more information about Remote Monitoring Solutions for Commercial Property by Monnit, the leader in low-cost, remote monitoring solutions.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

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10 Feb

What Makes THE Leader in IoT, the Leader?

The Google IoT alerts in my Inbox declaim a surge in IoT sales, with consumers at the forefront and a prediction for one-third more IoT devices to arrive on-scene by year’s end. Globally, Iran is moving to embrace smart cities while AT&T, IBM and Nokia get together to make IoT systems safer. Apparently, the Internet of Things (IoT) also has marketers thinking ‘big’ despite the fact that of all this wonderful IoT data we keep hearing about, we’re still using only about 1 percent of it, according to AdExchanger.

But with all that’s going on in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, we seldom take time to think about the personality behind the magic. As the leader in low-cost, remote monitoring solutions, Monnit Corp. has personality to match.

When asked what he enjoys about working in IoT, Chad in Fulfillment, said, “IoT is the future of knowledge integration with the environment. The ability to know what is happening in a place where you are not. I build the product because being a pioneer is something few people get a chance to do in their lifetime.”

Admiring Monnit’s new space, I wandered further asking around. Cindy, a four-year Monnit team member in May, tells the Monnit tale this way. “The environment and product are amazing. I love the people. I love what we do.”

Frankly, most folks at Monnit are intensely focused with little time to spare. They are also professionals with strong opinions of their own. Christine from sales said, “I like that our sensors can protect the puppy in an RV or prevent catastrophic failures on a production line.”

With a diverse background that includes performing in the entertainment industry and audio engineering, Matt from Marketing described IoT in terms of “untapped possibilities to save money, save energy and reduce waste to create a more sustainable world.”

“For me, Best-in-Class service means providing a top-notch product every step of the way. Customers learning about the product should have an easy time getting the information they need, both online and over the phone. Anyone wanting to purchase should be able to get their order placed without any hassle. Once the product is in-hand, the customer should have access to every resource they need to make the most of their wireless sensor solution,” said Eli working in Customer Service. “There are so many awesome people who call us on a daily basis. It’s one of the main reasons I look forward to coming into work.”

If that wasn’t inspirational enough, Ala from the Software Engineering department added, “IoT allows me to be more aware of what’s going on around me. During client visits, I like seeing the ‘ah-ha’ moments when they realize the capabilities of our products.”

Stephanie whose been with the company since 2015, said, “The thing that first attracted me to Monnit was ‘family comes first’. I really love that I can really dedicate myself to my job between the hours of 8-5, then go home at night and be Mom without distractions. We have fun, and always have a minute to share a laugh or two. I believe in Monnit and the vision our management has for the future.”

“I think the most exciting part for me, is to be able to see the evolution of the product and the company,” said Susan in Technical Support. “I’m a geek and I love to see all the new things our sensors can do, and the improvements we are making. We aren’t satisfied with the status quo, we always have a better enclosure, product or software application in the works. It is a fantastic time to be with Monnit.”

Reno, the newest member of Monnit’s Quality Assurance team said this: “I like technology and the business behind it; I like learning about the latest.” There’s no end to the personality at Monnit Corp. Stay tuned for more from the Monnit-side of things.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

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