“In 2012, when we were working on data from 2011, it was very time-consuming to assemble what we needed. In 2013, when we are doing 2012, there will also be significant effort in developing the software even though the information is more readily available,” he said.
“In 2014, when we’re working on 2013, it will hopefully be easier because we will have made good progress in integrating the sustainability software into our business systems, thereby facilitating the data collection exercise,” Gallant said.
The sustainability software is also being integrated to include solutions for other needs, such as food safety and maintenance, in an attempt to gain more functionality and cost savings.
“If we used the software exclusively for sustainability, there would be little payback from the expense and effort, but we’re using it as a springboard to implement and improve other aspects of our business, including maintenance scheduling and tracking and monitoring or reporting food safety procedures, so we will see reduced costs and a payback in that sense,” Gallant said.