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Sears Canada Employs CloudApps Sustainability Software
July 6, 2012
CloudApps will deploy its Sustainability Suite across Sears Canada’s portfolio, capturing carbon, energy and waste data at 122 full-line stores, 48 Sears Home stores and 11 outlet stores.
Like many companies, Sears previously used spreadsheets to report on energy use and waste management. The retailer said it wanted to provide more people in the company with quicker and more flexible access to the data, to allow employees to rapidly analyze areas for improvement.
CloudApps' software will allow Sears site managers to track overall and specific progress towards sustainability goals in real-time. Additionally, it will automate Sears reporting, allowing it to disclose environmental performance to the Carbon Disclose Project (CDP) in roughly half the time, according to CloudApps.
“At Sears, we are always looking to improve our business and make it more successful,” said James Gray-Donald, Sears Sustainability Leader. “We spent two years looking for the right solution to bring our environmental data to life. With the depth and breadth of analytics provided by CloudApps, site managers will have total visibility of what is being used; it is expected that performance incentives will be offered if they meet certain targets.”
Gray-Donald added that he believes Sears will begin seeing real change from the implementation within 12 months.
In May, Planet Positive announced it will use CloudApps’ platform to organize the sustainability certification process for clients including Deloitte, Marks and Spencer, and Sainsbury’s.
Bart King is a PR/marketing communications consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications.