Popeyes selects Envysion as video provider
Louisville, Colo. — Video provider Envysion said Monday that chicken chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has completed deploying the company’s Envysion Insight solution to all corporate owned restaurant locations.
Popeyes will use Envysion’s video-driven business intelligence in its 40 company-operated locations to improve loss prevention efforts, optimize operations and drive restaurant-level profitability.
Envysion’s solution combines video with data from business systems like the point of sale to give restaurant operators an unfiltered view into every aspect of restaurant-level operations from sales and operations to loss prevention and risk.
Applebee’s reduce lighting-related energy use by 88% with LEDs
Satellite Beach, Fla. — Lighting Science Group Corp. has collaborated with Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar to monitor, evaluate and markedly reduce energy usage for lighting in Applebee’s 23 company-owned restaurants. Through the installation of ultra-efficient and design-enhancing LED lamps, Applebee’s should net an energy reduction for lighting of 88% per year.
“Replacing outdated incandescent and halogen bulbs made economic sense to us,” said Bill O’Keefe, Applebee’s executive director of development. “The new LED lighting systems make our restaurants more energy efficient and match our design standards, and Lighting Science has been a valuable partner in this process.”
Applebee’s replaced over 3,000 incandescent and halogen lamps with Lighting Science’s 8W A19 LED, 14W BR30 LED, 8W Par20 LED, and 6W MR16 LED. Following the project’s completion, Applebee’s reported an 88% reduction in total energy usage for lighting, sparing an average of 820 kilowatts per year.
The initial cost estimate of the LED lighting retrofit was tempered by utility rebates made possible with the lamps’ Energy Star certifications. A tax deduction through the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPACT) also applied. Considering these incentives, Applebee’s anticipates a simple payback in a little over seven months.
Harbinger to fabricate and install LED pylon signs for 600 7-Eleven stores
Jacksonville, Fla. — Harbinger, a national sign fabrication company, has won a contract to fabricate and install double-faced LED-illuminated pylon signs for more than 600 7-Eleven locations in the United States. Harbinger will convert exterior signage to the 7-Eleven brand for the company’s newly acquired stores.
Harbinger will provide turnkey signage solutions, including site analysis and surveys, permitting, architectural drawings, local code research and compliance, brand-identity management, and sign fabrication and installation. The work for all 600 locations is expected to be completed by March 2013.