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Why is commisioning always last?

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You would think that any retailer that is investing vast sums of their profits would want to make sure that all the equipment they have on site has been put through its paces.

 But to be honest, it always seems that as long as everything looks easy on the eye, then the development team are happy. Now having been involved in this side of the business, I have seen it first hand. Stores about to open in a matter of hours and cases still being piped and vacuumed and started up and commissioning guy running about like a headless chicken trying to achieve temperature. Why does it have to be like this, it’s always been like this I hear you cry! I know it has and it’s been as long as I can remember. But with the introduction of natural refrigeration systems, wouldn’t it be better if we were able to have the time to commission sites properly and be able to hand over a store in the knowledge that all systems have been tested and thus allow the customer to have a relatively trouble free first few months of trading. I have been in stores weeks after it has opened, trying to iron out communication and refrigeration issues in stores. If this were an industrial or oil and gas project, it wouldn’t start unless all commissioning was completed to a satisfactory level, but to get the doors open quickly and get the beans flying off the shelf. Everybody reduces the commissioning time at the end and the retailer wonders why it all goes wrong. The retailer has to stop blaming the contractors for this problem and look at the way the retailer, in conjunction with the site agent programme their sites and make sure that the commissioning engineers get the time required to hand over the store confidently in the knowledge that it has been done properly.

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  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with you Mr Anonymous, “this is the way it’s always been” stinks and it needs to change SOON! Could go on and on with this one but we all know what’s going on and one day the H&S side will kick in and then !

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