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U.K. grocer Sainsbury’s yesterday received the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) - Environmental Leadership Award 2009 for being the first European retailer to deploy double-sided thermal receipt printers at its checkouts.
The grocer is using NCR’s two-sided receipt printers, which the vendor said can reduce receipt paper usage by up to 45 percent while consuming less power than traditional printers. With this technology Sainsbury’s anticipates savings of 502,000 receipt rolls per year -- cutting its receipt paper usage by around two-fifths.
“The BCE Environmental Leadership Award recognizes the efforts that Sainsbury’s and NCR have put into improving the environmental performance of our tills,” said Dennis Fuller, Sainsbury’s head of store IT installations. “This includes NCR’s innovative receipt printers, which print on both sides of the paper simultaneously. This technology not only provides environmental benefits, but also provides our shoppers with shorter, more manageable receipts, faster print times and fewer stoppages for receipt roll changes.”
The achievement follows Sainsbury’s and NCR’s success in winning the European Retail Solutions Best Green IT Initiative Award 2008.
Established in 1975, The BCE Environmental Leadership Awards are awarded only to those businesses that can actually demonstrate that they’re making a real difference in their impact on the environment, without affecting their ability to make a profit and develop the business for the future.
Sainsbury’s operates more than 500 supermarkets and 290 convenience stores throughout the United Kingdom, and also provides financial services to customers through Sainsbury’s Bank.