PRSM Association Helps Retailers Control Refrigeration Costs and Keep Their Cool

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Keeping things cool in retail today can be costly, typical supermarket refrigeration systems use 1,500 to 1,800 pounds of refrigerant costing $7 - $40 per pound at wholesale rates. PRSM has released a new white paper that provides retail facility managers practical tools and tips to control refrigeration costs and save money.

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"Retail facilities managers need current, accurate information and tools to reduce refrigeration costs. PRSM provides those tools. - Bill Yanek , PRSM-CEO

Keeping things cool in retail today can be costly. Typical supermarket refrigeration systems use 1,500 to 1,800 pounds of refrigerant to keep products cold or frozen. One pound of refrigerant wholesale costs $7 - $40 and freezers and refrigerators can cost thousands. To remain profitable retailers must control refrigeration costs while keeping their cool.

A new white paper just released by The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, entitled, “Keeping Your Cool Part 2: Preventive & Routine Maintenance for Retail Refrigeration Systems,” addresses the importance of both preventive (also known as life cycle asset management) and routine maintenance (also known as cyclical maintenance) of retail refrigeration systems.

The white paper describes how refrigeration systems operate, ways to reduce and potentially avoid unnecessary maintenance costs and the importance of adhering to changing environmental regulations.

The paper also includes numerous checklists, forms and customizable templates for facilities management professionals to develop or improve existing refrigeration system maintenance programs.

“Retail facilities managers need current, useful, accurate information and tools they can use to reduce rising refrigeration costs. PRSM provides retailers valuable resources they can use immediately to develop and implement preventive maintenance programs that will save their companies time and money,” says Bill Yanek, CEO, PRSM.

This white paper follows “Keeping Your Cool: An Introduction to Retail Refrigeration Basics – Part 1,” which shares basic refrigeration principles & theories, complexity of refrigeration equipment, regulations and compliance.

PRSM Association’s report, “Keeping Your Cool Part 2: Preventive & Routine Maintenance for Retail Refrigeration Systems,” is available for PRSM members at

PRSM Association’s Resources Center provides management tools for the Retail FM and supplier community. Resources include quarterly white paper releases; the annual Best Practices Book, representing a wide spectrum of FM industry trades; and the Retail Facilities Benchmarking program, along with other research-based Trends Reports, and Buyer’s Guide resources (print and online). Resources also include the bi-monthly magazine, Professional Retail Store Maintenance (print and electronic), and PRSM Weekly (a news-focused e-newsletter).

About the Professional Retail Store Maintenance® Association (PRSM)
PRSM Association, the authority on Retail and Multi-site Facilities Management, is the leading membership organization for retail facilities and vendor professionals. PRSM empowers the Retail Industry facilities management with best practices, benchmarking, education, discussion forums and trusted partnerships. Chartered in 1995, and with approximately 950 member companies, PRSM community values are founded on a spirit of innovation, resourcefulness, the quest for knowledge and ethical business relationships. Members depend on PRSM to help them achieve greater success and a competitive advantage through quality programs and resources.
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