TCO Cut by 30%, Green House Gas Emissions Down by 40%
TOKYO, February 14, 2011 — In November 2010, Fuji Xerox's Managed Print Services (MPS: outsourcing service to manage print environment) started its operation at a total of 428 offices, the largest number ever in Japan, of Misawa Homes Co., Ltd. Fuji Xerox's MPS, XOS, assesses the print environment of company-wide offices, optimizes output device installation, and handles operation and management of the devices, while lowering the burden on the environment. When compared with the numbers before the introduction of the service, Misawa Homes Group expects to reduce its annual TCO (total cost of ownership)Note 1 related to document output by roughly 30 percent, and its annual greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalent) by around 40 percent.
Misawa Homes Group's three major achievements generated by Fuji Xerox's services are as follows:
The number of output devices including printers and faxes installed at Misawa Homes headquarters, all offices of is 27 affiliates (345 locations across Japan), and showrooms (83 locations) was reduced from approximately 1500 to 860, which ensured control over business resources. As a result, the company expects to reduce TCO by 30 percent when compared with the level before the service was introduced. The optimization has been and will be enabled by certain rules, which allow reasonable arrangement of output devices across the group. Furthermore, by having a uniform print environment throughout the group, employees can now carry out tasks more smoothly at any office without having to operate different machines. The uniform print environment also allows consistent output images of CAD data and corporate color.
Fuji Xerox installed multifunction devices with a feature to prevent wrong fax transmissions, which would decrease the risk of a security incident. The company also introduced an IC card authentication system to control output, which solved security issues such as information leakage from printouts left at print devices. The system also helped reduce printouts of unwanted documents. The IC cards' document output records are used to simplify Misawa Homes' task of dividing output costs between departments. Automatic toner cartridge delivery based on the document output records from the devices as well as automatic dispatch of engineers according to the error status, reduce operational work of group employees.
The optimization of output devices and installation of digital multifunction devices with high energy-saving performance, such as the ApeosPort-IV series, contribute to cutting down energy consumption, and annual greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 40 percent compared with the level before the introduction of the service.
Misawa Homes aims for even greater benefits: On the environmental front, the company ensures that eco-friendly copy paper is used at group-wide offices and sites, which currently do not use it. To further enhance the group governance, it plans to centralize corporate procurement through Fuji Xerox's e-commerce site, E-QIX Note 2, thus promoting bigger cost reduction.
With nationwide business operations and open hours on weekends, the housing industry faces challenges such as maintaining a consistent level of services across locations as well as increasing work efficiency. Fuji Xerox will continue to support Misawa Homes with its MPS by handling their output-related operations across the group, so that the group can achieve higher management efficiency and focus on its core business.
A homebuilder established in 1967, Misawa Homes designs, develops, produces and markets housing across Japan. Using wooden panel bonding and steel frame/unit construction as its major construction methods, the company builds detached houses, rental homes, and lot-subdivision homes as well as non-residential buildings such as large-scale architectural constructions and special buildings. In addition, the company also engages in home renovations, asset utilization, and is involved in the nursing care and childcare businesses. With "lifelong commitment to customers through housing" as the corporate motto, Misawa Homes' corporate philosophy holds as its mission to provide quality housing where people can live for a long time with a sense of attachment, thereby contributing to building a prosperous society. As for environmental activities, Misawa Homes opened the first research and development center in the industry soon after its inauguration, and has conducted research on reducing the environmental burden. The company has actively engaged in research over the past 40 years, producing eco-friendly housing with reduced CO2 emissions and recycled materials friendly to the environment. In addition, the company offers the world's first zero-energy home, has won the industry's first government approval for a business taking advantage of Japan's emissions trading credits system (business involving CO2 emissions reduction in home solar power generation), and has received the Good Design Awards for the longest period in the industry, 21 consecutive years. These accomplishments have positioned Misawa Homes to be highly regarded as a leading company in the industry.
Fuji Xerox was established in 1962 as a joint venture between Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (current Fujifilm Holdings) and U.K.-based Rank Xerox Limited (renamed to Xerox Limited in 1997). It engages in R&D, production and marketing of multifunction devices, office printers, document management software and production printers, and deploys document services / solutions for office productivity enhancement and process innovation across Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. Using Lean Six Sigma-based methodologies, Global Services delivers an enterprise-wide strategy, expected to free up hundreds of minutes of employee time for document-related work.