Sustainable retail has several drivers - consumer awareness, media coverage of environmental issues and the introduction of government legislation.
Ray Cranston, Sales Manager, Business Systems Division, Epson UK Ltd
Sustainable retail has several drivers - consumer awareness, media coverage of environmental issues and the introduction of government legislation. Until relatively recently, cost-saving was not a factor, because sustainability was regarded as an expense. However, many companies are now discovering that becoming greener can actually boost their profits.
New technology is helping retailers improve efficiency and cut costs. One such technology utilised by printer manufacturer Epson, called ‘paper save’, shrinks receipt paper usage by up to 30%.
Unlike paper-saving technologies of the past, which tended to cause distortion by squeezing logos and text, Epson’s ‘paper save’ does not compromise legibility. Instead, it automatically reduces blank spaces and barcode height, and also prints the top of the next receipt before cutting the current one to decrease the top margin.
This results in a paper saving of up to 12mm per receipt - and while this may not sound like a huge amount, it can equate to a very significant cost saving. One major high street retailer calculated that Epson’s ‘paper save’ could help it recoup £70,000 across its fleet of 3,000 printers over the course of a year.
Carbon footprint reduction
Carbon footprint reduction is a priority for most retailers, and lowering energy usage in-store is a key contributor. However, until recently, energy-efficient retail technology has not always been available.
Last year, Epson came to the rescue with the world’s first ENERGY STAR-qualified thermal receipt printer - the TM-T88V. Featuring an incredibly low standby power consumption of one watt, it slashes electricity overheads.
In addition to using 14% less power than its predecessor, the TM-T88V generates 10% less CO2* throughout the product lifecycle as a result of Epson’s focus on emission reduction and ‘cradle-to-grave’ product philosophy.
By switching to the TM-T88V, retailers can reduce emissions, lower their power usage and make significant cost savings.
It’s not just about how efficiently technology performs - how long it lasts is also important. There’s an increasing emphasis on higher-quality products with a longer lifecycle that have less impact on landfill.
Once again, Epson’s TM-T88V receipt printer sets new standards for the industry. With an autocutter that lasts two million cuts, a print head that lasts 50% longer than the previous model, and a four-year warranty, it’s designed to provide reliable operation for years.
A product with a longer lifespan is better for the environment, and with its lower total cost of ownership, better for budgets too.
No time to waste
Thanks to new efficiencies delivered by technology, cutting down on waste is easier than ever. From reducing paper and energy usage to choosing equipment with a longer life, what’s better for the environment is increasingly better for retailers’ bottom line.
Calculated under Epson’s test conditions. A lifecycle assessment was used to calculate the global warming impact of the product at each phase of its lifecycle and express this as a CO2 equivalent.
The lifecycle includes material and product manufacturing, transport, use by customer (assumed five-year usage) and disposal/recycling of end-of-life products, but not paper used. Total power consumption is calculated based on 300 receipts per day, with printer power on for 16 hours per day and off for eight hours per day for 365 days per year. CO2 emissions and power consumption will differ depending on customer printer use.
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