Food Lion: Comprehensive Energy Project Planning Enables Significant Efficiency (RILA Retail Energy Management Program)
Food Lion is a company of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize based in Salisbury, N.C. and operates more than 1,000 grocery stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. The company’s strong commitment to efficient operations and sustainability – as evidenced by its public goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent by 2020 – has incentivized them to incorporate energy reduction projects into a comprehensive approach for corporate project proposal and planning.
As part of a recent merger between Ahold and Delhaize, a new organization, Retail Business Services LLC (RBS), was created to leverage scale. RBS aims to drive synergies and best practices as well as provide industry-leading expertise, insights, and analytics to support the companies’ brand-centric strategies. This approach ensures that Food Lion and other Ahold Delhaize brands collaborate on energy reduction projects that are customer-focused and help the company meet its goals. To view the full PDF version of this implementation model, click here.
Food Lion's strong commitment to efficient operations and sustainability has incentivized them to incorporate energy reduction projects into a comprehensive approach for corporate project proposal and planning.
Energy projects compete with many other business priorities for funding and are not typically part of a more comprehensive planning process
Develop a comprehensive planning approach which:
- Highlights how energy projects help the company meet its strategic goals
- Is guided by the Finance Team’s expectations and calendar
- Strengthens proposals through socialization with impacted business units
After establishing a comprehensive energy project planning approach, Food Lion’s Energy Team has built a trusting relationship with finance and other departments. By incorporating long and short-term considerations with stakeholder engagement, the value of energy management is recognized and realized.