By Erin Harris, Integrated Solutions For Retailers magazine
Whether you manage a small specialty store, multilocation retail operations, or a big box chain, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that your energy expenses can account for more than 25% of your total operating costs. Energy and operating costs are increasing, and so is your competition. You need to provide an inviting retail experience with consistent comfort conditions, good ventilation, and bright lighting. So, how can you keep customers comfortable and happy, while reducing energy costs? The answer is an EMS. DSW, a specialty footwear retailer, recently implemented a chainwide EMS and learned a few valuable lessons along the way — lessons that can help you make informed decisions about reducing your energy costs and redirecting those dollars back into your business.