With increasing competition in the grocery sector, retailers are under pressure to protect profit margins, while maintaining quality and service. Luckily, innovations in energy efficient refrigeration, lighting and storage technologies are presenting opportunities that not only offer incredible cost savings, but green credentials as well — and surprisingly, without compromise to the customer experience.
It’s the delivery of these solutions and their benefits that have inspired the ESB’s new energy services consultancy and solution provider that works with customers to help them save on energy consumption and costs. In just two years, ESB’s Smart Energy Services has made an impressive impact in the grocery retail space. Its partnership with BWG Group has helped the organisation upgrade their wholesale and retail lighting systems with no initial capital investment; while its ongoing collaboration with Tesco has saved the company 25% in energy costs in the last year alone.
Over the next year, ESB’s Smart Energy Services aims to deliver over €50 million in savings to its partner customers. For those sitting on the fence, John Walsh, Head of ESB’s Smart Energy Services clearly articulates the benefits of a partnership: “We provide energy saving guarantees in addition to funding the capital for the projects, so there’s no up-front cost to our customers.” And that not only translates into seriously cool savings, but a sustainable, competitive edge.
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