6 Innovations in Facilities Management and Equipment

Innovations in equipment and facilities management don’t garner the same attention as foods, beverages, fuel and tobacco, but they are the unsung heroes that help build and maintain consumer loyalty.

In a post-pandemic operating world, the emphasis on sanitation and ultra-clean stores is no longer a luxury but a necessity. As such, c-stores and other retailers have upped their investments in these categories.   

Additionally, with the rise of e-commerce and delivery programs, many operators are evaluating investments that help support these efforts. Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., for instance, said in June it plans to deploy more than 10,000 Mashgin Touchless Checkout Systems to more than 7,000 of its Circle K and Couche-Tard stores in the United States, Canada and Europe during the next three years.

Couche-Tard has dubbed the AI-powered self-checkout system as “Smart Checkout.” It will improve customer checkout times as much as 400%, Mashgin said in a statement.

Click through for six innovations in the facilities management and equipment space.

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Purell CS4 All-Weather Dispensing System (Gojo Industries) allows operators to offer hand sanitizer and hand soap outdoors and in high-traffic areas. “With more than 80% of the public now expecting hand sanitizer to be offered in public places, access to hand hygiene is more important than ever before, so we must offer reliable Purell dispensing options suitable for any environment,” said Jessica McCoy, chief solutions officer for Gojo Industries.

Vivotek has launched the CC9160-H compact, low-profile 2MP network camera with Trend Micro IoT Security and available CC9160-H(HS) height strip. The CC9160-H’s mounting design allows for easy installation onto any wall, the company said. A built-in microphone further increases the level of surveillance while recording sound within a 5-meter radius, it said. Digital input and digital output connections also add to the CC9160-H’s security capabilities.

The Kodiak Super Duty Pass-Thru Door is part of Anthony International’s growing walk-in door portfolio. Available in several configurations to fit a range of installations and designed to handle retail footprints such as beer caves, the Kodiak Super Duty Pass-Thru Doors are made with standard features, such as a two-pane, nonheated low-E glass with Argon gas; industrial-grade cylinder lock with internal thumb lock; self-closing hydraulic door hinge; and integrated push bar.

Heads Up Lock offers operators a solution that allows those outside a restroom to know when it’s occupied. Powered by LEDs mounted to a restroom sign, the device can be used for all single-stall restrooms, saving time and the need to wait in front of the door. With the lock ADA-certified, purchase of the kit includes a qualified maintenance person to install the device 

Converge Multi-Cook Ovens (Alto-Shaam Inc.) provide expanded menu potential in the smallest of footprints by pairing controlled humidity and a patented vertical air flow of Structured Air Technology. With up to three independent chambers in a ventless space, operators can steam, bake, grill and air fry at the exact same time and in the same oven. Converge also features a self-cleaning design to save operators time and labor.

Eco-Products’ Vanguard lineup includes the WorldView line of to-go containers. The two-piece compostable take-out containers are made from plant-based sugarcane fiber. The line features a variety of bowls and containers in different sizes. The shapes include round, oval, square and rectangle, including some with compartments.