Welcome!

Apache Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Christopher Harrold

News Feed Item

Epicor(R) Launches Groundbreaking Green IT Initiative to Help Retailers Reduce Power and Paper Consumption

Trans World Entertainment Leverages Green IT Initiative to Achieve POS-Related Energy Efficiencies Across 800+ Store Systems

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/18/09 -- Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions to the midmarket and Global 1000 companies, today 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 specializing 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 organization'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.(1)

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 optimization support enables retailers to be more agile and achieve management efficiencies, and now -- more environmentally friendly -- via the Epicor Retail Green IT initiative."

According to an independent report from Forrester Research covering green IT, "The top motivation for pursuing green IT is to reduce energy-related operating expenses. This is not surprising, since energy conservation and efficiency initiatives offer tangible, and in many cases immediate, financial and environmental savings. As such, reducing energy consumption should be foundational to any green IT strategy."(2)

Lynne Davidson, vice president, Services and Support for Epicor Retail, says that small changes can have a big effect. "Based on calculations from the U.S. Department of Energy, retailers can achieve 500-600 kWh or an average of $70 of power savings per register/device per year. If applied to 500 registers, in three years this could translate to roughly $101,000 in savings, a reduction in CO2 emissions by 60 tons and, from an environmental standpoint, is equivalent to planting 125 acres of trees."(3)

Trans World Entertainment Transforms Its Environmental Impact

One of the first customers to sign on to the Epicor Retail Green IT Initiative is Trans World Entertainment Corporation, one of the largest specialty music and video retailers in the United States. With more than 800 stores and an online retail presence at www.fye.com, Trans World brands include F.Y.E., Coconuts Music & Movies, Spec's and Wherehouse Music.

With 2,800 store systems across its retail enterprise, Trans World's IT division realized the tremendous opportunity to achieve significant dollar savings, reduce power consumption and conserve paper. In September, Trans World turned to Epicor's experts to improve efficiencies and better conserve natural resources.

At the onset of the engagement, Epicor Retail Green IT consultants gathered data from the registers and servers at Trans World's baseline store to prepare a report on anticipated ROI savings. Across the enterprise, system settings were monitored and reconfigured to increase efficiencies, and an energy consumption analysis was conducted to document improvements. "The overall annual energy savings Trans World expects to achieve once Epicor's recommended system and resource optimizations are applied throughout all store locations is -- at a minimum -- 30% reduction in power," said Roy Simmons, Director of IT for Trans World Entertainment. Calculating the actual dollars a 30% reduction in power would save when using the national average price per kWh of $.10, equates to a $77,000 savings chain wide.

"Being 'green' is becoming a key business driver as eco-savvy consumers are drawn to environment friendly companies when making purchasing decisions and demand 'green' conscientiousness from the brands they trust," said David Henning, executive vice president and general manager for Epicor Retail. "In today's economic climate, spending is tight on both the consumer and retailer sides, so initiatives that produce both financial and environmental benefits, particularly without increased capital investment such as Epicor's Retail Green IT Initiative, are a win-win.

"In addition to arming our customers with industry-leading retail solutions, we're pleased to also now be a partner for the planet, helping organizations eliminate unnecessary waste associated with their POS systems, while in return uncovering incremental savings that really add up."

Today, many of the world's leading retailers utilize Epicor Retail solutions and services to become more profitable, productive, competitive and eco-friendly. Epicor's solutions leverage proven Microsoft .NET technology to improve business operations and meet the evolving merchandise and service expectations of today's cross-channel shoppers. Epicor delivers comprehensive retail management solutions to enterprises in all tiers -- from regional chains to multichannel global brands. Retail customers include hundreds of marquee names, from Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, and Ann Taylor to Zales and Zumiez.

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services industries. With 20,000 customers in over 150 countries, Epicor provides integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise retail software solutions that enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. Founded in 1984, Epicor celebrates 25 years of technology innovation delivering business solutions that provide the scalability and flexibility businesses need to build competitive advantage. Epicor provides a comprehensive range of services with a single point of accountability that promotes rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership, whether operating business on a local, regional or global scale. The Company's worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.

Epicor is a registered trademark of Epicor Software Corporation. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.


(1) http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=retail.bus_retail

(2) Forrester Research, Inc. "Q&A: The Economics of Green IT" by Doug Washburn (February 10, 2009)

(3) Based on U.S. Department of Energy's low carbon IT savings calculator, http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/solutioncenter/applicationresources/default.html

Contact:
Lisa Preuss
Epicor Software Corporation
949/585-4235
Email Contact

Erin Lutz
Lutz PR (on behalf of Epicor)
949/293-1055
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Moroccanoil®, the global leader in oil-infused beauty, is thrilled to announce the NEW Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks, a collection of dual-benefit hair masks that deposit pure pigments while providing the treatment benefits of a deep conditioning mask. The collection consists of seven curated shades for commitment-free, beautifully-colored hair that looks and feels healthy.
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
We all love the many benefits of natural plant oils, used as a deap treatment before shampooing, at home or at the beach, but is there an all-in-one solution for everyday intensive nutrition and modern styling?I am passionate about the benefits of natural extracts with tried-and-tested results, which I have used to develop my own brand (lemon for its acid ph, wheat germ for its fortifying action…). I wanted a product which combined caring and styling effects, and which could be used after shampo...
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Druva is the global leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, delivering the industry's first data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence-dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's...
BMC has unmatched experience in IT management, supporting 92 of the Forbes Global 100, and earning recognition as an ITSM Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for five years running. Our solutions offer speed, agility, and efficiency to tackle business challenges in the areas of service management, automation, operations, and the mainframe.