Epicor Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions to the midmarket and Global 1000 companies, has introduced the Epicor Retail Green IT Initiative, the first program of its kind to be offered by a retail software systems provider, designed to provide cost savings while positively impacting the environment by reducing power consumption and paper waste associated with retail point-of-sale (POS) systems.
Epicor’s program involves onsite analysis conducted by a team of Epicor consultants and business analysts specialising in green IT initiatives. This analysis includes an energy consumption evaluation, a review of current hardware and system configurations, specific recommended actions and areas of focus, and a detailed return on investment analysis that demonstrates resulting bottom line benefits that retailers can achieve. The team then supports the retail organisation’s execution of the recommendations to their locations in the field.
Through a series of small operational adjustments such as tuning POS system parameters to lower power consumption and conserving paper, Epicor Retail’s Green IT Initiative affords retailers the opportunity to expand their sustainability efforts while saving tens of thousands of dollars per year. For example, a 10 percent reduction in energy costs for the average full-line discount retailer can boost net profit margins by as much as 1.55 percent, or the equivalent of $25 in extra sales per square foot of retail space.
Epicor designed the software which drives “smart hardware” platforms from NCR and IBM, leveraging IBM’s Remote Management Agent (RMA) technology to achieve green benefits.
“IBM is committed to supporting green initiatives that conserve resources, lower power consumption and improve retailers’ bottom line profitability,” said Leo Suarez, vice president of marketing & strategy, IBM Retail Store Solutions. “Our remote optimisation support enables retailers to be more agile and achieve management efficiencies, and now – more environmentally friendly – via the Epicor Retail Green IT initiative.”
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