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Why the Electronic Shelf Label is the Best For Handling Dairy Products?

Today, major grocery stores rely on electronic shelf labels to manage the shelf life of their dairy products.

Process of Newton Shelf-life Management for Dairy Section

Process of Newton Shelf-life Management for Dairy Section

Managing dairy products is one of the heavier and more complicated tasks for grocery store workers. Doing so includes checking the inventory, ensuring that products are not expired yet, and overseeing the daily deliveries of products. These are not just time-consuming, but profit losses and food waste are usual problems as well.


Fortunately, many major grocery stores now rely on electronic shelf labels or ESLs to manage the stock of their dairy products. Through ESLs, grocery stores can significantly reduce food waste in their inventory management. Additionally, ESLs give you more time to focus on customer service so you can provide the best possible in-store shopping experience.


SOLUM's latest lineup of ESL products are now powered by the all-new Newton system that elevates an ordinary electronic shelf label’s capabilities. You can automate your business operations and better manage your dairy product's shelf life with Newton technology.


Here is an illustration showing the difference between using ESLs and the traditional solutions in managing dairy products.

Traditional Process for Dairy Section



Check expiration dates of all products once a day.

Attach discount stickers to products nearing expiry date.

Dispose of expired products.



Problems of the Traditional Process


When no tools are used to systematically manage expiration dates, the staff has to stop by all shelves once a day at a fixed time to see if any products are due.


Furthermore, the staff has to manually check every dairy product before attaching discount stickers. You can apply different discount rates depending on the date and time, but you'll eventually give limited discounts because of the lengthy process.


Selling Expired Items by Mistake

Many stores unknowingly sell expired dairy products, which is one of the most common cases of food violations. Customers who buy expired items are less likely to return, which will affect sales.


Excessive Food Waste

Due to the difficulty of manual price management, many products in inventory are not quickly sold. This results in many being discarded because they’ve expired in storage.

Process of Newton Shelf-life Management for Dairy Section



Staff enters the expiration date and registers the expiry notification schedule in the system when receiving new products.

The expiration date is automatically logged in (ex: June 2nd arrival + 3-day shelf life = expiry is June 4th).

Staff assigns different colors according to the logged date/time.

The system displays discount notifications on products reaching expiry dates and flashes the assigned LED color (ex: 10% discount for blue, 20% for yellow, 30% for orange, or discard for red).

When the product is sold, staff presses the button to delete the date and update the system.


The Newton Difference

Newton provides an optimal shelf-life management solution that intuitively informs you about products that need to be checked for expiration dates. The ESLs do so through LED lights so you only need to check specific shelves.


Newton can also automatically add a discount notification to items that are nearing their use-by date. This solution helps reduce food waste through streamlined inventory management. 


Switch to Newton now and say goodbye to manual processes! It’s time to embrace automation and see the transformation it brings to your business operations.


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