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InfoPrint Solutions launches sustainability consulting services for mail environments

Monday, October 04, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Boulder, Colo. – InfoPrint Solutions Company, a Ricoh company, today announced the launch of its Sustainability Consulting Services, designed to address the market’s growing need for effective and resource efficient programs.  This new offering helps organizations quantify the environmental impact of their print operations, as well as identify and execute initiatives that support their continual improvement goals without impacting their customer demands and business commitments. 

For many customers, establishing environmental conservation goals and setting clear objectives to achieve them are vital to overall success.  InfoPrint Solutions’ Sustainability Consulting Services helps organizations identify the overall environmental impact of their print operations by looking at factors such as how much paper and electricity is being consumed.  The company’s qualified professional services experts consult and evaluate the current operations and determine a cost-effective, environmental conservation solution.  By using propriety tools, these experts can quickly uncover slight adjustments to the operation that can make a big impact for sustainability. 

“Small, but vital, changes in print operations can help customers see immediate and significant sustainability gains, that also carry a tremendous cost savings,” said Humberto Prospero, Director of Consulting Services for InfoPrint Solutions.  “For example, one InfoPrint Solutions customer implemented an address cleanup project at their large in-plant operation which resulted in the elimination of 25,000 mailed items and 50,000 printed pages per day.   In addition to the greatly reduced ecological impact, there was a significant fiscal impact, with less supply costs, postage costs, etc. It is really a win-win for everyone, and that’s what we strive for.”

InfoPrint Solutions’ Sustainability Consulting Services team works with its clients to identify specific initiatives and track metrics for various aspects of the document development and output business. This may include workflow, multichannel document delivery, inventory management and device utilization.  Focused on three main aspects of the business, these experts help organizations print for less and print less waste through business transformation and infrastructure optimization, and making better use of what is printed to reduce the environmental impact of those materials – based on specific internal environmental conservation goals.

These key aspects are:
- Workflow and Optimization:  Organizations can gain greater efficiencies through process management and job/site optimization. This may include commingling, householding, and Print On Demand (POD) solutions, ultimately reducing consumption through better datastream preparation, paper and inventory management, device consolidation and utilization.
- Selective Print and Suppression:  Companies can see immediate efficiency gains by printing only what is needed and avoiding printing waste by implementing selective print and suppression rules and lists.  By viewing jobs before they are printed and ensuring reprints are done on the most suitable printer, users can drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary pages printed.
- Mail Prep and Distribution:  Companies can save significantly on paper, energy and especially transport through address optimization, localized printing and alternate delivery methods.  By mailing only to proven and correct addresses, maximizing sorting methods, distributing work locally and offering non-paper document delivery, organizations are poised for great efficiency gains and increased ROI.

What is found in many cases is that most organizations that are not currently leveraging the benefits of an end-to-end workflow solution can benefit significantly by implementing one. A comprehensive workflow can increase automation, enforce business rules, streamline productivity and achieve better device utilization — which will reduce raw inputs, enabling stronger environmental conservation throughout the operation.




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