I have a particular connection with Internet Fridges so I was delighted by this TechCrunch article "Why every household is about to get a brand-new fridge". For once, here's an article that's not scraping the surface of what the Internet of Things means but really goes into detail about what the business model for connected fridges can be.
Why I'm connected to a connected fridge...
In 2001, I was studying retail & marketing. As part of a foreign language course, we were required to invent and present a product of the future. At the time, internet Dial-up connections were still the norm and purchasing online was still and adventure.
I came up with an internet-connected fridge.
As I was studying logistics, retail, packaging and traceability it was only obvious to me that we should be able to - in future - just scan a barcode on our fridges. Not only would it remind us when food was about to expire, and suggest recipes based on its current inventory, but it would also re-order automatically when we were running out of butter (we are not so bothered about milk in France...)
15 years on, there's still a lot of talks, but no Internet Fridge in my house despite the fact that the first news articles date as far back as 1998! When I 'invented' it in 2001 I had no idea that my idea was not a new one... in that ancient time, "Googling" was not a built-in habit, yet. It was a time we could still (naively) have "genuine" ideas without becoming aware, almost instantly, that someone else already had it :)
Why should you care about my connected fridge story?
Well, it's all about the data of course. You see, I work for a company that's big on data, on standards, and on how to integrate all of your data to give you visibility across your connected supply chain!
We give our clients rapid onboarding, adaptive multi-format support, intelligent business rules and accelerated exception management. In this way, we're like your connected fridge: we help you manage all your fruit, veggies and meat from one place. You know what goes in, what goes out, what needs attention - and you can get it all without worrying how you are going to fetch everything.
Connected fridges are just the start. The Internet of Things is already proliferating to multiple devices - and in the supply chain, it will mean there are more standards to integrate, more information channels to connect, and more data to make sense of. If you want to keep doing what you do best, you'll want OmPrompt to manage the dirty work for you.
Want to know more about the proliferation of internet standards? It's just one of the things that our experts think about on a daily basis... This blog post, Addressing the Supply Chain Visibility Challenge also makes a good read.
By building smart fridges that can track consumption, deliver offers and manage purchasing and replenishment, manufacturers can extract subsidies from companies in order to tap into data and the revenue stream of each consumer, then provide them with a free refrigerator.