The processes in processes.
Fixtures run through more processes to get to their destination than many people would consider. We’ve found that our clients deeply value an understanding of these processes and it helps us to focus on where sustainability improvements can be made.
Making effort to understand the origin of your sourcematerial is really beneficial. As we’ve previously stated, this is probably the hardest and most opaque area of research that can be done, yet reducing the physical journey to factory will have a significant impact on the environment.
Within a factory, fixtures will run through various manufacturing processes, from folding and punching to polishing and painting. We work with factories to best optimise processes in order to minimise internal transport.
Focusing on flat-packing and reducing unused volume within packaging is a well-known formula for bettering energy standards. Ikea have been utilising this practice for the distribution of home furniture for decades, yet it is so often ignored in the production of retail solutions due to other short-term measures such as time and cost.
The efforts that go into systemising fixtures into components that easily flat-pack make significant reductions in the amount of transportation required to deliver the overall order. For example we have recently developed a retail fixture progamme for a client which sees reductions in transportation of 60% against previous systems. This transport saving equates to a sizable time and cost saving across the overall programme.