On the morning of January 16, New York time, Hanshow’s first solar-powered electronic price tag, Nebular Lux, was officially unveiled at the Retail Expo organized by the world’s largest retail trade association NRF (National Retail Federation). The launch of new solar energy products marks a milestone and important step for Hanshow in the field of green technology innovation.

In the past ten years, the development of Internet technology has greatly improved the efficiency of resource allocation, strongly stimulated new supply, and created many new formats and new demands. At the same time, in order to meet the energy demand of modern industry and the rapidly developing new information technology industry, the search for sustainable green and clean energy and environmental issues have become the focus of global attention.

As an important part of traditional industries, the global retail industry has created a market value of about 20.3 trillion US dollars in 2020. A 2021 market research report by The Business Research Company predicts that the value of the global retail market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% from 2020, reaching $29.4 trillion in 2025. At this critical juncture of growth and transformation, the retail industry is faced with the dual challenges of changing the way of thinking about business operations and enhancing social and environmental awareness.

As the world’s leading provider of digital store solutions for the pan-retail industry, Hanshow has always adhered to the “customer-centric” spirit of technological innovation since its establishment in 2012, providing continuous digital assistance to the global pan-retail industry. During the ten years of Hanshow’s blue ocean voyage, it has witnessed dramatic changes in the pan-retail industry and the global business and social ecological environment. By providing digital retail equipment represented by electronic price tags and its supporting SaaS solutions, Hanshow has actively led and promoted the digital transformation of the retail industry in this change, helping enterprises save energy and establish a sustainable business model. contributed.

Nebular Lux, a new electronic price tag product launched by Hanshow that can convert light energy into work energy, not only provides global users with cleaner, diverse, low-carbon and environmentally friendly product choices, but also further responds to the “carbon dioxide” proposed by the Chinese government in 2020. Emissions are striving to peak by 2030, striving to achieve the development goal of carbon neutrality by 2060, leading the technological innovation of renewable and clean energy in the digital retail industry.

NRF 2022 exhibition site

Clean light energy, durable, stable and renewable

Hanshow’s Nebular Lux solar electronic price tag is loaded with solar cells to realize automatic collection, storage, conversion and application of renewable clean energy under natural light or indoor light source. The solar energy solution especially strengthens the energy collection and price tag power supply system devices for indoor natural light or indoor weak light conditions. The weak light collection technology allows the solar energy price tag to collect the indoor lighting source and convert it into electrical energy and store it into the built-in price tag. In the rechargeable battery, functions such as price tag display and price change are supported.

Ultra-small battery size, priceless environmental performance

Traditional electronic price tags usually use primary lithium manganese dioxide batteries (hereinafter referred to as primary lithium manganese batteries) to provide the price tags with the energy required for functions such as price changes, wireless communication, and lighting. The price tag has energy consumption when it is in use, and the lithium-manganese battery has self-discharge phenomenon, and the capacity of the battery is limited by the volume. Therefore, when the battery capacity is exhausted or the battery state is abnormal, in order to ensure the normal operation of the electronic price tag In use, the battery must be replaced, so additional maintenance costs and labor input will be incurred. In addition, discarded primary lithium-manganese batteries contain heavy metal elements such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese. If they cannot be effectively recycled, they will waste resources and cause serious environmental pollution. Even if the waste batteries are recycled and refined, not only the cost of recycling and processing is high, but also secondary pollution may be caused. Therefore, finding a clean and renewable energy supply solution for electronic price tags means reducing the risk of environmental pollution by batteries, and at the same time reducing the economic cost of industrial production, distribution, transportation and recycling of batteries, which is more conducive to retail Retailers can reduce traditional energy consumption while controlling operating costs, and improve the environmental performance of retail enterprises.

In response to the high environmental cost of primary lithium-manganese batteries, Nebular Lux has greatly reduced the size of the rechargeable batteries used to store light energy. The characteristics of rechargeable and dischargeable use make the life of the solar price tag no longer affected by the update frequency and primary battery capacity. limits. The battery efficiency of the Nebular Lux has been significantly improved compared to the same volume of primary lithium manganese batteries.

Hanshow booth at NRF2022

Double energy plan, ultimate use guarantee

“How can light-energy devices be used in a dark or low-light environment?” Nebular Lux’s answer to this common question faced by all solar technology-based products is low-light harvesting technology plus Hanshow’s specially developed energy for solar price tags management plan.

The low-light collection technology allows the solar price tag to collect and convert weak artificial light sources indoors, maximizing the utilization of energy. The core energy harvesting device of Nebular Lux can collect the front-end weak light source, convert it into electrical energy and output it to the electronic price tag terminal equipment, collect and reuse the light source converted from electrical energy, and help enterprises control and reduce the overall carbon footprint.

The energy management solution specially developed by Hanshow for the solar price tag is also equipped with an emergency power supply (Emergency Power), which will automatically switch to the emergency backup power supply when both the solar energy and the stored power are insufficient, which is the normal operation of the electronic price tag. work energy.

Looking to the future, a new blueprint for sustainable development

The launch of the Nebular Lux electronic price tag solution has opened up a sustainable and more efficient energy use path for the retail industry, increasing energy utilization, reducing paper waste and pollution from battery production and recycling. After the solution is connected to a unified cloud management system in a SaaS-based mode (for example, in combination with the Microsoft Azure platform), compared with other local devices, the solar energy solution has more prominent energy-saving advantages. While enhancing the social and environmental added value of products, the solar energy solution effectively reduces energy consumption and labor costs for retailers, and also helps to re-optimize and allocate valuable human resources to higher value-added tasks such as customer service. Previously, at the beginning of 2021, Hanshow has already improved product packaging, saving 20% ​​of packaging materials, further enhancing the environmental added value of products, and practicing the concept of sustainable development.

Hou Shiguo, Chairman and CEO of Hanshow, said: “The launch of the Nebular Lux solar electronic price tag is Hanshow’s pioneering attempt in the field of sustainable development and new energy, and it is also the beginning of our search for better sustainable digital retail solutions. .”

Hanshow booth at NRF 2022

Hanshow’s dedication to research and development of sustainable and high-quality products has been widely recognized in the industry, and has also been recognized by the government and scientific research institutions. In the list of the third batch of “Little Giants” enterprises announced by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology at the end of 2021, Hanshow ranks first, and is recognized as a leader in small and medium-sized enterprises with “specialized fields, sophisticated technology, and strong R&D”. In addition, among the 40 provincial key enterprise research institutes announced by the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology in December 2021, the selection of Hanshow Smart Retail Enterprise Research Institute is a further affirmation of the company’s scientific research capabilities and continuous innovation spirit.

During the critical period of the digital transformation of the new retail industry, Hanshow has delivered this green answer sheet for sustainable development for customers to save costs more effectively and increase the added value of operations, helping Hanshow’s global customers to cope with the dual challenges of environment and development.

In this regard, Hou Shiguo said: “We will continue to expand and improve the application of renewable energy in Hanshow IoT devices in the future. The future of retail must be digital and sustainable.

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NRF (National Retail Federation) – National Retail Federation, is the world’s largest retail trade association. Its members include department stores, specialty stores, discount stores, mail-order businesses, the Internet, independent retailers, restaurant chains, grocery stores, and multi-level marketing companies. Its members also include businesses that provide goods and services to retailers, such as technology provider. According to data released by Forbes in 2018, the retail industry represented by NRF covers more than 3.8 million retail companies in the United States, with more than 52 million employees, and contributes $2.6 trillion to the GDP of the United States every year.

Among the many retail industry events organized by NRF, NRF Retail’s Big Show (NRF Retail Expo) is the most important annual fair held by the association. NRF provides a multi-functional space for global retailers and retail technology suppliers to exchange achievements, discuss industry development trends, and seek new business opportunities. In today’s post-epidemic and rapid development of retail technology, NRF Retail Expo provides more cross-regional, cross-industry and cross-platform communication opportunities for the traditional retail industry to find technological digital transformation solutions. Many global high-tech Internet giants and high-tech start-up companies have targeted the NRF Retail Conference to expand the imagination of technology-assisted retail.

Reviewing Editor: Fu Ganjiang

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