Products:Resource Conservation / Recycling
Promoting “resource-recirculating eco packaging”
- Japan/Ricoh Group
Ricoh has long been working to reduce the use of packaging materials. In 1994, we started “eco packaging” which uses less cardboard. In 2001, we introduced further advanced “resource-recirculating eco packaging” materials to the market. As of fiscal 2011, about 72% of our copiers—or 61 models out of a total of 75—shipped within Japan have been packaged in these resin-based materials that can be used repeatedly. In addition, we offer the option of delivering products simply wrapped in damage-protection film direct from the factory to customers. This simple film packaging is employed mainly to wrap some models of high-speed copiers, for which packaging can be reduced by more than 100 kg per unit. We are working to expand the use of this packaging method to wider areas.
Through these efforts, we have reduced consumption of packaging materials by some 1,451 tons this fiscal year, equivalent to about 1,900 tons of CO2 emissions.
Factory kitting service using resource-recirculating eco packaging
- Japan/Ricoh Co., Ltd.
Ricoh provides customers with a factory kitting service. Specifically, for product to be delivered to a customer, the company attaches optional items and configures the necessary settings, including IP addresses, according to the specifications of the customer. Ricoh then directly delivers the product and all other items packed as one unit to the customer. This service helps shorten the installation time of the machine, and also contributes to a substantial reduction of packaging materials compared with the traditional delivery of items separately packaged in cardboard.
Moreover, the factory kitting service contributes to substantially improving the efficiency of logistics operations through direct delivery from the factory to the customer, and also increasing the transportation efficiency by reducing the overall shipping volume.
Conventional packaging versus the factory kitting service