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An Interview with Todd Smith and Catherine Reeves of Xerox
July 25, 2014
Xerox has a long history of innovation in sustainability and environmental business. To find out more about the history of the green movement at Xerox, we reached out and were granted the opportunity to speak with both Todd Smith and Catherine Reeves. Below is the transcript of our interview which was conducted via phone.
1) Can you provide some information about each of your backgrounds?
Catherine Reeves–manager, Communications and Systems in Xerox Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability
2) What new developments are there, if any, that you could discuss when it comes to Solid Ink in the last 12-18 months?
We offer solid ink in both multifunction printers (MFPs) and printers. Since launching our solid ink MFPs—named ConnectKey—a strong and very loyal following has developed. That’s due to solid ink’s cartridge-free design and minimal packaging resulting in less manufacturing and storage space and better transportation efficiency
We manufacture different sizes of solid ink sticks for various yields. We have both standard and high yield ink sticks to meet customers’ unique requirements
SMBs to large enterprises use our solid ink devices. For companies producing five or six thousand pages a month, the ink per package lasts for at least three months. Our solid ink offers color prints at the same price as mono which is a plus for our customers.
3) What types of recycling efforts does Xerox have in the United States and globally around the world?
4) Could you talk a little about Xerox’s sustainability initiatives?
We recognize sustainability is fundamental to business and consequently developed sustainability goals that apply across our value chain. In doing so, we look to achieve these goals for our own operations, upstream with our suppliers, and downstream with our customers. Our sustainability goals are:
5) What can we expect to see from Xerox going forward as a “green business”?
Sustainability is a market expectation. Going forward, look for us to be more vocal on what we are doing. Communications is important to drive sustainability. By doing so, we improve the public”s perception of Xerox as a leader in sustainability and encourage others to join in.
We are always evaluating our cartridges to deliver solid value to our customers. For example, in some products, toner drum and ink cartridges are combined into one unit, meaning users only have to replace one item.
In addition to solid ink, our low temperature EA toner offers sustainability benefits.