South America’s largest retailer selects SAP solution to help manage carbon emissions and energy consumption
New York City — The Grupo Pao de Acucar, the largest retailer in South America, has selected the SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand solution to monitor and manage carbon emissions and energy consumption in each of its 1,832 stores. The solution, from SAP, will help the group, long recognized as a sustainability leader for retailers both in Latin America and globally, to more effectively control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase the data quality of environmental reports submitted to financial and sustainability regulatory agencies.
The announcement was made at the National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention & Expo, being held Jan. 15-18 in New York City.
Since 2008, The Grupo Pao de Acucar has been committed to sustainable business practices, including reducing waste, encouraging recycling and re-use of recycled materials, and developing sustainable products and production processes. SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand will help the company mitigate its environmental footprint and further its sustainability goals.
"Before selecting SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand, we used an external firm to collect and report on this information," said Hugo Bethlem, VP, The Grupo Pao de Acucar. "The new solution will allow us to bring this process in-house, making it more efficient and providing us with more operational control. We will gain both valuable insight and a robust tool for proactively managing emissions and energy consumption. The Grupo Pao de Acucar will be one of the first retail companies in Latin America to inventory its carbon emissions. From this measurement, we will be able to create plans to reduce the GHG emissions and carbon footprint of our operations."
Sam’s Club launches mobile phone protection service
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club has launched a new program with San Francisco, Calif.-based warranty provider SquareTrade and other partners to offer feature-packed mobile phone protection plans for Sam’s Club members. Priced at $59 for standard phones and $99 for smart phones, the protection packages include:
Two-year protection for normal failures including battery replacement
Accidental damage protection including full liquid immersion with a $49 deductible
A two year guaranteed buyback plan for up to 50% of the phone price
Next day replacement service
Data backup service
GPS locator software to track lost devices with a remote data clearing feature for smart phones
24/7 Toll-free Technical help from Sam’s Club tech experts
"Mobile and smart phones are part of today’s lifestyle and keep us connected, entertained and productive. At Sam’s Club we offer our members the best value on mobile phones and smartphone hardware, accessories and connection plans. Our members have told us they want simple solutions to protect their devices," said Huey Long, SVP Sam’s Club technology services. "By developing this program with SquareTrade and others to offer a value bundle of the most useful solutions, we are able to deliver on our goal to our Members to provide ‘Savings made Simple’." Once purchased, Sam’s Club members have real time access to their total protection plan and technical support when needed via our toll free number and online.
New standard for retail payments
New York City — A new global standard for retail payments designed to help exchange data between payment terminals and POS terminals and support new payment technologies has been released by the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) and EPASOrg, which sets card payment standards in Europe.
The standard, called the ARTS-EPAS Retailer Payment Protocol, was developed to accommodate changes in payment forms such as mobile payments, EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chips, contactless cards and prepaid instruments, according to Tim Hood, chief solution architect for retail, SAP, who made his remarks during a presentation at the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.