Celebrating Earth Day 2019!

on April 22, 2019 Energy efficiency, product display, waste management with 0 comments

Today is Earth Day!

As you know, grocery stores are energy and resource intensive to operate. That means that there are lots of opportunities to reduce what you use which is not only good for the planet, but also can save your store money. Here are a few key items to focus on this month:
  1. Don’t block the air curtains 
    Open display refrigerated cases have air curtains, or air vents, that maintain cool temps inside the case. But, when a bag of celery or a price tag blocks the curtain, the cold air rushes out onto your store floor. To figure out how much this costs your store, measure the total feet of blocked air curtains X $0.27 = daily energy cost due to blocked air curtains. Update your standard operating procedures to make sure your employees check air vents during daily store walks.
  2. Keep cardboard out of the trash
    Cardboard is a valuable commodity and your store can be paid for it! Your store will also save on not paying for its added weight in your trash compactor. Try a one week challenge with each department to focus on boosting cardboard recycling—check back with your team at the end of the week to talk about what worked and what didn’t.
  3. Activate your green team 
    Getting your employees engaged on sustainability and ways to save resources is great way to keep your employees happy. According to Cone Communications, 64% of Millennials consider a company’s social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work and 83% would be more loyal to a company that helps them contribute to social and environmental issues (vs. 70% U.S. average). We recommend monthly meetings for your green team.

Still looking for more to do? Check out our short webinars on waste and energy that we produced with the Retail Learning Institute!