• Inenco has 25TW (£2.4bn) energy under management, which could power the whole of Ireland for an entire year!
  • We have one quarter of the total energy use by UK Industry under management
  • Our customers are paying 48% less than the market price for their gas commodity. That's a saving of £480k per £1m that would have been spent
  • Our experts process over 93,000 invoices per month and we've recovered over £11m in over-charges for our clients in the last year
  • Inenco look after 8,000 customers across the group, managing 140,000+ meter sites
  • We provide support to over 500 businesses for energy and carbon management
  • Inenco supported over 320 organisations with ESOS Phase 1 compliance and carried out more energy surveys than any other independent consultant in the UK
  • Our solutions team have identified savings of £37.5m per annum for our clients, a total of 495,338,992 kWh savings identified
  • Last year we saved our CCA clients alone £25.5m

Getting granular about a coffee retailer’s energy position

Client Name: A Coffee Retailer
Find out how we helped a coffee retailer to identify and deliver cost saving opportunities in energy procurement across their Pan-European portfolio

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The Challenge

Fast growing retail brands often find themselves with a disjointed portfolio – and this coffee retailer was no different.

With multiple energy suppliers and lacking a single energy reporting solution, the team at the coffee retailer were finding it increasingly difficult to understand their energy position, resulting in incomplete site lists and high unit rates.

The coffee retailer needed a European energy partner who could work with them to review their current energy strategy, consolidate suppliers, and provide an energy reporting solution to help the in-house team stay abreast of their frequently changing property portfolio. The coffee retailer needed a single point of contact who could help to identify (and then deliver) cost saving opportunities in energy procurement across their pan-European portfolio.

“The Inenco Europe team helped us tremendously - with great communication and proactive, high level customer support!”

Our Approach

1. Portfolio Analysis

To understand the portfolio in its entirety, Inenco’s in-house European team pulled together all data across the entire portfolio into one place. Using a bespoke data management system, the team analysed all elements of their energy supply site-by-site, including supplier, contract end dates, unit rates, and consumption volumes.

2. Energy Procurement

The analysis identified significant opportunities to consolidate and improve procurement efficiency. Inenco’s team subsequently overhauled the buying strategy currently used by the coffee retailer.  With a new integrated energy strategy and a consolidated portfolio, Inenco delivered tender and negotiation exercises for the UK, Netherlands and Germany, as well as budget-led energy procurement in line with the coffee retailer’s own appetite for risk.  Using the European team’s expert market knowledge, Inenco secured the coffee retailer’s competitive fixed price contracts across the entire group via a single energy supplier in each country.

3. Energy Reporting

In order to provide increased visibility for the future, Inenco implemented an invoice validation tool in 2013. This tool allowed the retailer to maintain and manage their entire site portfolio, per country, and to monitor energy consumption at multiple levels, from country portfolio right down to metering point.


The Results

Through appointing one supplier per country the competitive tender exercise achieved cost savings £150,000 in year one alone.

Inenco were also appointed to procure the retailer’s energy in France.

If you need support with your Procurement Strategy, call us today on: 08451 46 36 26 or email us: enquiries@inenco.com