In logistics, with focus placed on the five areas of packaging, transportation, space, transshipment and storage, the Ricoh Group surveys all processes and promotes efforts on a global scale, including the improvement of cargo-carrying efficiency through modal shifts, direct deliveries to customers, and by optimizing transportation routes, so that we can simultaneously reduce costs and environmental impact.
Reducing environmental impact through "eco packaging"
The Ricoh Group has been promoting the introduction of "eco packaging," which uses less cardboard. In 2001, we introduced "resource-recirculating eco packaging" using resin materials that can be re-used repeatedly. During fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2012), about 72% of MFPs, or 61 models out of a total of 75, that were shipped within Japan were packaged with resin-based materials. The use of eco packaging helps reduce about 1,451 tons of packaging materials annually, equivalent to about 1,900 tons of CO2. The Ricoh Logistics Group has adopted RFID technology in managing and collecting packages under the "resource-recirculating eco packaging" system. A series of arterial and venous logistic flows are managed with the help of the RFID technology to ensure collection and recycling.
Optimization of logistics with the milk run system
The milk run system, in which one truck makes scheduled visits to more than one supplier to pick up parts, has been established. The system is designed to gather advance information on the number of parts to be collected from each supplier to ensure that collection is made in a well-planned manner. The adoption of this system has helped improve cargo-carrying efficiency and to reduce vehicle trip distance.Milk run system to improve cargo-carrying efficiency