Multi-channel retailer Sears Canada has teamed up with award-winning provider of sustainability and energy management software, CloudApps, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions by 20% in 2013.
The retailer has already achieved a 17% reduction at the end of 2011.
Sears Canada will deploy CloudApps’ Sustainability Suite across its store portfolio, including 122 full-line stores, 48 Sears Home stores and 11 outlet stores. CloudApps said it will capture carbon, energy and waste data from the sites, encouraging site managers to be responsible for reducing usage.
According to CloudApps, Sears is extremely conscious about its environmental impact and is constantly seeking innovative ways to reduce its overall footprint.
It is claimed to be a market leader in encouraging customers to buy Energy Star qualified products, an external benchmark for energy efficient products; and is reported to be implementing a sustainability culture across its internal operations.
Previously, Sears had a clear but time-intensive reporting process, using complex spreadsheets to report on energy use and waste management, said CloudApps. However, it wanted to provide more people in the company with quicker and more flexible access to the data, allowing employees to rapidly analyse areas for improvement.
In addition to its reporting and analytics, Sears said CloudApps was chosen for its ability to measure store and employee performance towards sustainability goals. This level of accountability enables site managers to track overall and specific progress to see how their site is operating in real-time.
James Gray-Donald, Sears’ sustainability leader, said CloudApps will give responsibility to operations managers to limit their site’s environmental footprint.
“At Sears we are always looking to improve our business and make it more successful. We spent two years looking for the right solution to bring our environmental data to life. With the depth and breadth of analytics provided by CloudApps, site managers will have total visibility of what is being used; it is expected that performance incentives will be offered if they meet certain targets.”
Peter Grant, CEO CloudApps, believes the retail industry is well placed to take advantage of flexible cloud-based solutions. “The retail industry has always been a leader in innovation and by implementing the latest technology Sears is now paving the way in sustainability. It is serious about its impact on the world and using the cloud is the fastest and most cost-effective way to deliver solutions to its multiple sites.
“CloudApps is powering retail giants such as Sears and Lush Cosmetics to cut costs faster, dramatically reducing the substantial amount of a business’ budget that is spent on running lights, heating offices and managing waste. ”
Gray-Donald said he believes Sears will begin seeing real change from the implementation within 12 months.