Restaurant chain deploys system to reduce energy use
San Diego The Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q chain is deploying the “EcoView Commercial” smart energy-management system from Advanced Telemetry across multiple sites to significantly reduce each restaurant’s electricity, natural gas and other resource usage and adverse its environmental impact.
In a test of the system at select locations, the chain realized substantially lower electricity and natural gas consumption, resulting in lower utility bills for an average of $1,000 per month in reduced electricity costs per location. The restaurants also realized an average 16% decrease in natural gas consumption per location during the winter heating months. The chain subsequently initiated a full-scale rollout of the system to its entire network of restaurants across six states: Alabama, Tennessee, Atlanta, South Carolina, North Carolina and Colorado.
“We were thrilled to discover EcoView Commercial not only because of its economical price point, but also because the system is specifically designed for small commercial facilities like ours, is networked, operates independent of a utility company, is feature-rich, and can be managed from afar through the Web,” said John Michael Bodnar, CFO of Jim ‘n Nick’s. “We found other energy-management system options not only cost-prohibitive, but also inferior with respect to features and functionality.”
Sainsbury’s wins eco award for use of NCR’s two-sided receipt-printing technology
Duluth, Ga. Sainsbury’s, which operates more than 500 supermarkets and 290 convenience stores throughout the United Kingdom, has been awarded the Business Commitment to the Environment Environmental Leadership Award 2009 for being the first European retailer to roll out a receipt printer that prints on both sides of the paper simultaneously.
The printer (NCR RealPOS Two-Sided Thermal Receipt Printer) can reduce receipt-paper usage by up to 45% and consume less power. With this technology Sainsbury’s anticipates savings of 502,000 receipt rolls per year — cutting its receipt-paper usage by around two-fifths.
Dennis Fuller, Sainsbury’s head of store IT installations, commented, “The BCE Environmental Leadership Award recognizes the efforts that Sainsbury’s and NCR have put into improving the environmental performance of our tills. This includes NCR’s innovative receipt printers, which print on both sides of the paper simultaneously. This technology not only provides environmental benefits, but also provides our shoppers with shorter, more manageable receipts, faster print times and fewer stoppages for receipt roll changes.”
The achievement in winning the Business Commitment to the Environment — Environmental Leadership Award 2009, follows Sainsbury’s and NCR’s success in winning the European Retail Solutions Best Green IT Initiative Award 2008.
Sainsbury’s has taken the lead in pushing the responsible retailing agenda and is recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2008/09 as being in the top 10% of global food retailers. This has been achieved through a range of initiatives, from helping customers break their “plastic bag habit” by encouraging the use of reusable bags to building a series of environmentally friendly stores and distribution centers. The supermarket has also pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25% per square meter, against a 2005/06 baseline.
Report: Green strategies pay off
New York City Retailers who pursue a green agenda have a significant opportunity to reduce costs, according to a new study by SSA & Co., a global operations consulting firm.
The study: “Going Green in the Retail Industry,” draws on more than 20 environmental projects with some of the world’s leading retail companies. The study found that retailers were able to improve their performance by an average of 30% to 40% in such areas as energy consumption, recycling, and waste reduction, saving those companies tens of millions of dollars annually.
“Going green isn’t just good corporate citizenship — it’s a strategy for driving out inefficiency,” says Suzanne Long, retail practice leader, SSA & Co., which helps companies go green through process improvement methodology.
According to Long, efforts to reduce environmental waste ought to be a huge target for retail managers. A recent study of the grocery industry, for example, estimated that nearly $20 billion worth of food products are thrown into the waste stream annually.
“Retailers should be attacking these issues with full force, not only because it’s good for the environment, but because it’s an incredible opportunity to improve financial performance,” Long said.
The study also provides examples of the impact of utilizing process improvement methodologies in green projects. For example, working with SSA, one major U.S. retail company reduced cardboard and plastic waste by more than 4 million lbs. annually, reduced compactor waste by more than 10 million lbs. annually, and reduced total bag utilization by 8%, or more than 14 million bags per year.