Another solid sales year and a continued focus on innovative technology are two key themes to emerge from Ricoh New Zealand’s 2016 Sustainability Report, its ninth such report.
While the copier/printer industry has been going through a challenging period, Ricoh remains in a sound financial position and is pleased to report it was the top performing Ricoh subsidiary in the Asia Pacific region for profit.
Managing Director, Michael Pollok says the company’s financial performance is testament to its early foresight to move away from the traditional print business model.
“We’re going from strength-to-strength and while this is the result of many factors, it’s definitely due in part to our decision to move away from a business model totally reliant on traditional print. This was met with some surprise a decade ago. However, it’s enabled us to remain open to new ideas and prepare ourselves, and our customers, for a post-print future,” he says.
Pollok says he can’t stress enough the importance of financial sustainability: “Without a sound financial platform there’s limited opportunity to focus on other aspects of the triple bottom line, like giving back to our communities of interest and investing in technology that helps to reduce our impact.”
During the reporting year Ricoh launched its Unified Communications System (UCS) – an innovative video conferencing solution that integrates video, audio, text and interactive media.
Technology like the UCS is helping Ricoh to reduce its impact and that of its customers. It allows visual communication with anyone, anytime, anywhere, meaning that in addition to reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint, it also saves money on travel, helps to make better use of time and improves inter-office collaboration.
Highlights from the 2016 reporting year include:
Click here to view a copy of The Ricoh Report 2016