One of the United Kingdom‘s largest food retail chains has won an environmental award for employing paper-saving technology made by Duluth-based NCR Corp.

Sainsbury’s, which has 500 supermarkets and 290 convenience stores in the U.K., gained the Business Commitment to the Environment – Environmental Leadership Award for becoming the first European retailer to roll out NCR’s dual-sided thermal receipt printers.

The printers, which print on both sides of the receipt roll simultaneously, will save Sainsbury’s a projected 502,000 rolls per year, a 40 percent reduction from current levels.

They will also lead to smoother operations at the point of sale, said Dennis Fuller, Sainsbury’s head of store IT installations.

“This technology not only provides environmental benefits, but also provides our shoppers with shorter, more manageable receipts, fsater print times and fewer stoppages for receipt roll changes,” Mr. Fuller said in a news release.

The award comes after the two companies won an award for green IT solutions in the 2008 Business Commitment to the Environment awards.

NCR announced June 2 that it would move its headquarters to Gwinnett County, Ga., from Dayton, Ohio.

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