New White Paper Analyzes Backroom Investment Decisions for Grocery Retailers

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How can backroom efficiency and productivity be increased without detracting from the quality? In the new white paper titled “Backroom Production Processes,” METTLER TOLEDO presents manufacturing industry best practices which help grocery retailers and backroom managers to optimize their processes and make better investment decisions.

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As a leading global manufacturer, METTLER TOLEDO presents lean manufacturing principles that can be applied in the meat backroom to streamline processes and increase efficiency.

Production management methodologies such as lean manufacturing and 5S give grocery retailers a new perspective on their backroom and are a valuable extension of retail know-how.

The manufacturing industry has spent decades developing management methods to keep production facilities competitive. Retailers can apply this know-how to their meat-department backrooms in order to match manufacturers in terms of process efficiency. The new white paper by METTLER TOLEDO , “Backroom Production Processes,” presents valuable insights for backroom optimization, while also serving as a framework for making purchasing decisions.

“Production management methodologies such as lean manufacturing and 5S give grocery retailers a new perspective on their backroom and are a valuable extension of retail know-how,” says Stephanie Rose, Global Backroom Product Manager at METTLER TOLEDO. “This enables backroom managers to reach sound purchasing decisions and invest in equipment which is precisely aligned with their particular needs.”

The white paper includes analysis of backroom processes based on a number of examples. These reveal that high productivity is especially dependent on rapid product changeovers and high operational uptime of the equipment. In contrast, the maximum number of packaged units that a wrapping machine can produce per minute is less relevant.

Moreover, when viewed over the course of the total product lifecycle of a wrapping machine, which is generally seven years or more, the purchase price of the equipment is of limited significance. That is underlined by the total cost of ownership (TCO) model, which is widely used in the food industry and presented in the white paper. The TCO calculation enables retailers to unearth hidden cost drivers, which in the backroom include labor costs and packaging film costs in particular.

Furthermore, the white paper suggests measures and concepts which can help to safeguard the long-term operational uptime of backroom equipment.

The white paper, “Backroom Production Processes” can be downloaded now at

METTLER TOLEDO is a leading international manufacturer of precision measuring instruments. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of weighing systems for laboratories, industry and food retail.

METTLER TOLEDO is one of the three leading suppliers of various complementary measuring technologies and a leading supplier of automated pharmaceutical research and ingredient development systems. Moreover, the company is the world’s biggest manufacturer and supplier of metal recognition systems for the production and packaging industry. Further information on METTLER TOLEDO Retail can be found at

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