RaceTrac Implements Next-Generation Temperature Monitoring

System from Disruptive Technologies increases food safety at convenience retailer
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Photograph courtesy of Disruptive Technologies

Convenience-store chain RaceTrac has deployed an automated temperature monitoring solution from Disruptive Technologies across its 580 locations.

Disruptive Technologies’ temperature monitoring system eliminates the need for manual temperature checks, simplifies compliance logging and reduces the risk of product loss, the company said. Discrete wireless sensors are placed around a store to continuously monitor equipment temperature. The data can then be accessed on Disruptive Technologies’ web-based application and easily integrated with work order management systems, it said.

“At RaceTrac, the safety of our guests and team members is our No. 1 priority and aligns with our mission to make people’s lives simpler and more enjoyable,” said Chase Roth, special projects manager. “When we tried other temperature monitoring systems, we experienced higher-than-expected sensor failure rates and lower-than-anticipated battery life. We ultimately selected Disruptive Technologies ... for its sensor reliability and 15-year battery life.”

Following the first wave of pilot installations, Disruptive Technologies equipped the final 470 stores with wireless temperature sensors in less than seven weeks, it said. Roth said RaceTrac experienced “almost no issues” during the rollout. The integration into RaceTrac’s work order management system, ServiceChannel, means that temperature alerts from sensors in refrigerators, freezers and hot cases will alert RaceTrac’s Help Desk to equipment requiring attention.

  • RaceTrac, based in Atlanta, is No. 17 on CSP’s 2024 Top 40 Update to the 2023 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. Watch for the full 2024 Top 202 ranking in the June issue of CSP magazine and in CSP Daily News.

RaceTrac might use more of Disruptive Technologies’ services in the future, it said.

“We’re looking into different ways to use the data Disruptive Technologies provides to bring efficiency and insight to our operations,” Josh Tate, director of store operations at RaceTrac, said. “That could be predictive maintenance, identifying equipment anomalies, monitoring doors and windows or adding humidity data. The more data we have, the smarter we can be.”

Disruptive Technologies is the creator of tiny wireless sensors and an other technology in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. With peel-and-stick installation, simple integration and a battery life of up to 15 years, adding sensors is easy, the company said.

RaceTrac, has nearly 800 retail locations representing the RaceTrac and RaceWay brands in 13 states.

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