Big Box Retailer Thinks Big on Everyday Sustainability, Reducing Energy Use by 78% with the Turntide Smart Motor System
Since the beginning of the 20th century, this big box retailer has been a well-recognized brand that consumers have relied upon for everyday essentials and goods. With over 50,000 employees and thousands of retail locations, this retailer has a large presence throughout Canada and remains part of the fabric of Canadian life.
This big box retailer has made sustainability a key initiative in its end-to-end daily operations, such as defined and measurable goals around improving energy efficiency of its buildings, and driving operational efficiencies in how it transports products and goods to its retail locations. With a robust strategy around ESR (environmental and social responsibility), this retailer is seen as an industry leader around its green retailing practices, and has won awards for its proactive efforts.
Big box retail locations are large, sophisticated buildings that handle a large amount of product inventory and must provide a welcoming environment for shoppers to browse around the store. With a dynamic indoor environment with varying levels of foot traffic and activity throughout the day, big box retail locations require robust, reliable HVAC systems to ensure each customer has a comfortable shopping experience.
Most big box retail locations feature high ceilings to create a more inviting and open shopping space for customers, while expanding available storage space for inventory. However, this configuration can stratify the air into pockets with variable temperatures, which can make the store uncomfortable for customers. These effects can be mitigated with HVAC system design that implements fans that mix the air, promoting air movement and reducing the temperature difference.