Dutch retailer is looking for new methods and technologies to monitor and control the quality of fruit and vegetables in the supermarket

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Summary: 
A Dutch world leading retail-organisation is looking for new methods and technologies to improve the monitoring and control of the quality of fruit and vegetables in the supermarket. The company is looking for partners to develop the applications in the frame of a technical cooperation agreement. This request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open platform.
Description: 
The Dutch company is one of the world’s largest food retail groups, a leader in supermarkets and e-commerce, and a company at the forefront of sustainable retailing. The company is active in Europe and the United States and participates in joint ventures in Indonesia. The company knows exactly what happens to a product until the product ends up in the store. In the store itself the retailer is depending on the skills and know-how of their employees. Quality checks in the store are based only on visual inspection (the eye) without the use of instruments or tools. Not all employees in the store have extensive knowledge about fruit & vegetables. The company is looking for partners to cooperate in the frame of a technical cooperation agreement to develop methods and technologies and find new solutions to reduce ‘shrink’ (a term that is used for wholesale and retail losses) in supermarkets. Advantages of joining this challenge: . The opportunity to contribute to reducing loss or ‘shrink’ in supermarkets . Cooperation with a major retailer . Access to a large network of partners . Access to various customer groups IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge opens on March 2nd and closes on April 13th, 2020. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organizations with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
Type: Organisations and companies with experience in the development and application of: computer vision, sensor technology, process technology, monitoring software, light technology, cooling technologies and other technologies that can help to reduce loss of produce in the store Role: The joint development of a new method of quality control in supermarkets. Investigating user applications of the latest technologies in the field of quality. The development of technology and processes to provide insights for employees. The development of methods for quality monitoring in stores.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought: 
The following disciplines may contribute to this challenge: computer vision, sensor technology, process technology, monitoring software, light technology, cooling technologies
Comments Regarding Stage of Development: 
The company is looking for solutions that could be tested within a reasonable period of time
External code: 
TRNL20200204001