Here’s A Chiller Fridge Media Solution That Does The Job But Doesn’t Bust Budgets
July 12, 2023 by Dave Haynes
Here’s a very different, and probably way less costly and involved demo of going at the idea of adding digital signage to chiller fridges.
While companies like Cooler Screens have gone down the path of retrofitting the heavy, expensive and custom-sized chiller doors in high foot traffic retail (and run into a big problem), Fargo, ND-based CMS software and solutions shop Revel Digital and a related initiative called Warehouse 13 have worked up a solution that leaves the doors alone and uses ribbon displays and other tech INSIDE the chillers.
The demo in the video below shows a system that uses what I am pretty sure are LCD ribbons (new LCD manufacturing methods mean these things are no longer crazy-expensive), sensors, touch and audio.
Warehouse-13 engineers retrofitted a cooler with ESL shelf displays, proprietary shelf pusher sensors and adding touch to the existing cooler door. They then added Revel Digital CMS technology to power the cooler and topped it off with a built in sound bar!
The little flashing lights in the rear of the shelf are counting stock levels, and that and other analytics (including the environmental state of the fridge) get pushed to a dashboard.
This has only a fraction of the bling of chiller doors retrofitted with transparent LCD, but we can assume the capital and operating costs are also a fraction of full door screens. The challenge, as always, is getting retailers to pay for it. The above-mentioned Cooler Screens got their rollouts OK’d because THEY were incurring the costs, and tapping into brand marketing dollars to recover costs.