Checkout systems – potential savings

We initiated a product carbon footprint analysis for one of our checkout systems based on continuous dialogue with our customers and a common interest in innovative and efficient products.

In the retail sector, energy-efficient business practices are growing in importance as companies aim for greater sustainability. As well as responding to rising energy costs, companies want to improve their overall energy usage and environmental footprint. There is also growing awareness of the PR benefits of introducing energy-saving measures.

The potential to save energy and reduce emissions in stores and branches is considerable, both with regard to lighting and air-conditioning and the various checkout systems in use. We decided to investigate the impact of our checkout systems in this sector. The product's carbon footprint allows us to draw conclusions not just about energy consumption but also about all the climate emissions generated throughout the life cycle of the device.

This life cycle can be divided into four different phases.

Life-cycle (graphic)Life-cycle (graphic)

By conducting a detailed analysis of the results of our environmental assessment, we were able to highlight the emission hotspots in each phase. We used this method to identify areas where we can reduce our carbon footprint most efficiently, and where there is the greatest scope for optimization. With specific regard to our BEETLE /M-III I5 checkout system, it emerged that the "customer usage phase," which accounts for roughly 88% of the device's total life-cycle emissions, offers the greatest potential savings. Drawing on this comprehensive analysis and our know-how, retailers can develop their own specific responses.

A fully disassembled BEETLE /M-III I5 (photo)

A fully disassembled BEETLE /M-III I5