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Sprouts Invests in Energy, Refrigerant Management Software

Southwestern US grocery retailer Sprouts Farmers Market has installed enterprise asset management software from Verisae to support the company’s aggressive growth strategy.

The grocery retailer, which recently merged with Sunflower Farmers Market, implemented core components of Verisae’s connected facility platform including enterprise asset management, enterprise refrigerant management and enterprise asset purchasing tools.

Sprouts operates more than 140 full-service grocery stores in eight southwestern states. The company recognized as it grew through acquisition that it would need to better streamline maintenance, energy and refrigerant management processes, said Jerry Stutler, vice president of construction and facility engineering for Sprouts.

The grocer signed a multi-year agreement with Verisae to improve its data entry, workflow and reporting. Sprouts will aggregate and analyze data on the entire lifecycle of its assets, including equipment purchasing, parts and inventory tracking, remote monitoring of asset efficiency and management of third-party service contractors.

The software also will help Sprouts comply with EPA requirements under the Clean Air Act related to refrigerants, Verisae said. And the applications will allow Sprouts to immediately reduce costs by managing facilities and the individual assets with each facility, the vendor said.

Sprouts Farmers Market has taken other efficiency steps in recent years, including installing LED lighting. The company says it was awarded the best emissions rate award in 2011 for achieving the lowest corporate-wide emissions of all 7,300 supermarket companies participating in the EPA’s GreenChill program.

Earlier this month, the EPA launched its Food Recovery Challenge by signing up grocery stores, universities, entertainment venues, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, convention centers and federal facilities to a five percent cut in food waste in their first year. Food accounts for 25 percent of all waste sent to landfills nationwide – more than any other single material, the EPA says.

 

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