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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00

Going Small is Big News for Smartcool

This morning on the BBC, Morrisons’ CEO discussed the company’s plan to rapidly expand the number of convenience stores (or “locals” in British parlance) across the UK.  "We didn't have any convenience stores when I arrived - and, to be honest, not even a plan for them," said Mr. Philips as he outlined a new strategy to increase Morrisons’ competitiveness with major food retail rivals like Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

Philips pledged to put his business on a ‘level playing field’ with its rivals by aggressively expanding its convenience stores, planning for 300 new stores to open over the next three years.


This announcement is only the most recent in a string of retailers proposing a sharpened focus on their convenience store sectors.  Sainsbury’s, a long-standing Smartcool customer, currently has 523 convenience stores and is actively pushing for growth in this area with new stores opening every month.

Tesco, the largest food retailer in the UK, is already leading this charge into reaching customers through a greater number of smaller stores, with a whopping 1,547 convenience stores in place already.

What does this rapid shift in focus from traditional, large supermarkets to smaller convenience stores mean for Smartcool, as a supplier of energy efficiency products to the food retail market? 

Published in General
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 03:35

Looking for the Positive

The theme on my first blog of 2012 was Corporate Responsibilityand the many questions that burden business in 2012. We need to have a positive outlook to succeed in business.

We operate life and our decision making process on a set of 'required references'. These required references are the key to our view of life and our ability to make decisions.

Published in General
Monday, 23 January 2012 12:02

Responsibility - Attitude or Aptitude?

Corporate responsibility and the many questions which burden business in 2012 may not be 'new', however, the solutions are going to have to be 'new'. What might we be asked today? Are we, aren't we in recession? ...In negative growth? ...In positive projection? Who knows and who can say with certainty?

In the 2012 world of economic uncertainty, all businesses are looking for ways to attract more customers, increase profits and cut unnecessary expenses.

Published in General
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 07:52


Superpowers. Sometimes they get used for good, sometimes they get used for evil. I’m partial to the ‘using-them-for-good’ angle, as most people are. However, being totally honest, if I could see into the future, I would absolutely write down the winning lottery numbers and take that jackpot home!   Don’t lie – you’d do it too…right…? I won’t be holding my breath for that to happen though, as that type of superpower doesn’t tend to exist outside of whatever superhero blockbuster is in the theatres at the moment. It’s July – Will Smith should be releasing something in 3…2…1.

However, in terms of big business, there does exist a fair amount – ok, a LARGE amount – of real-world superpowers. These powers can be used for evil – (see: swindling people’s life savings for your own profit) – and can cause a devastating ripple effect which impacts peoples’ lives in heart breaking ways.   We’ve almost become accustomed to turning on the news and hearing about yet another big business with less than satisfactory regard for how it deploys its superpowers. So, it’s always a pleasure to see big, powerful companies using their superpowers for good - especially when those companies are in sectors typically seen as less than environmentally friendly. Let’s give a couple of those a shout out, shall we?

Heavy sigh. I just read an article that dampened my day – and that’s saying something considering the rainy Vancouver weather we’ve been experiencing this spring. I read that the carbon dioxide emitted by energy use hit a record high globally in 2010. After a slight dip caused by the global financial crisis in 2009, CO2 emissions are estimated to have reached 30.6 Gigatonnes. That’s a lot of tons.

Published in World News
Friday, 03 June 2011 09:00

Savings at the Supermarket

One of my least favourite things to do is to go grocery shopping. I’m usually there at the worst times (right after work, along with the rest of the population of Vancouver), I usually forget my list (and subsequently all the items of which I’m most in need), and I almost always end up in line behind someone who’s paying for their bill in nickels, dimes and pennies (or, you know, I’m that person). Some people love it, some people don’t. I definitely fall into the latter category. But, while I do not enjoy grocery shopping, I do enjoy food and therefore find myself at the grocery store at regular intervals.

What has never crossed my mind until quite recently however, was how much energy these supermarkets use to power their refrigeration systems. There are a lot of coolers and freezers in supermarkets and a lot of them are open to the air, which means they are running constantly and using up a significant amount of electricity.

Tuesday, 01 June 2010 15:41

Inspired by Nature

Some of you may be wondering about the hummingbird on a site about energy efficiency for buildings, so let me explain. First, hummingbirds are pretty amazing, what with their crazy migratory paths and their feistiness around the feeder. Second and more specifically, hummingbirds use such an incredible amount of energy while being amazing and flying backwards and dive bombing people sunbathing near the bird feeder and doing all those other hummingbird-y things, that they need to eat more than their own weight in food every day.

Published in General
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:38

Employing Retrofits

Consider your building, wherever and whatever it may be. House, data center, office tower, supermarket, restaurant… does not matter. Every building around the world has dozens of ‘emloyees’, otherwise known as appliances and systems. These various ’employees’ in each building, from the the data center air conditioner to the restaurant walk-in cooler, all perform specific tasks within their area of responsibility.

Published in Retrofitting
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 15:33

Trimming the Fat

I had gruel for breakfast this morning. At least that's what it looked like, but technically it was a bowl of steel-cut oats with raisins and pumpkin seeds added in for a bit of flair. I could really taste the health oozing out of it and I hated every minute of it. The only good part of this appalling meal was that it was homemade and pretty low on the energy-intensity scale.

Published in Energy Profiles
Thursday, 10 June 2010 15:28

Whatever Happened to ‘Reuse’?

A beautiful old house down the street from me sold a few weeks ago. In Vancouver’s ludicrous real estate market, that is nothing remarkable. What really floored me though, was when I walked past the other day and saw one of those big signs up in front of the house, indicating that it is on the chopping block to be demolished.

Published in Retrofitting
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