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One Planet Living - Land and Nature

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Oct 23, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, the spotlight this month is on Land and Nature.  In having an academic background focused on the natural environment, this principle is close to my heart and promotes the protection and restoration of land and marine systems for the benefit of people and wildlife. 

The One Planet goals for land and nature include:

  • To have a positive impact on natural ecosystems and prevent harm, from extraction to production, and retail;
  • To source materials responsibly and eliminate the use of materials associated with the destruction of natural habitats; and
  • To make a positive contribution to local biodiversity.
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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

Surviving to Thriving - Richard Sutton, Author of The Stress Code

Posted by Wayne Fyvie on Oct 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

This must be one of the most powerful talks I have attended as part of the EQ Entrepreneur Network Durban South Africa.

Richard’s talk was filled with valuable insights and statistics on the biggest health epidemic of the 21st century: DEPRESSION.

I was amazed by this South African man who had accomplished so much. Richard’s credibility is backed up with an incredible track record where he has worked with some of the world’s best athletes and businesses.

The talk was split into two parts, the ‘cause of stress’ and ‘how to be exceptional’.

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Topics: Culture Code, Efficient, Green Office, Company Culture

Digitization in the Banking Industry

Posted by Chasthi Grant on Oct 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Hello Again and Green Greetings!

In our last blog engagement, we explored the “Typical challenges experienced in the Banking industry”.  We touched briefly on digital banking trends and the way forward for the banking industry following the challenges experienced from a Green Office perspective.

Digitization is the new buzz word within the FinTech industry with automation, efficiency and customer experience as the main drivers.  Within the banking industry the partnership between strategy and technology create a perfect platform for digitization.  The majority of customers are techno savvy and demand more streamlined processes from their banking service provider.  Their time is valuable, and they challenge the banking industry to move towards digital platforms or face the risk of losing their business to more progressive banking service providers.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Digitalisation

10 tips for Business Owners & CEO's about Total Cost of Ownership

Posted by Wayne Fyvie on Oct 2, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Companies’ investment of R1.5 million on 4 Devices, could have potentially been R350k!

You really need to know and understand the rules of engagement of the Office Automation and Asset Financing World, as being aware of the details can possibly save you millions!

In our world and our interaction with clients, we have accepted that the printing and print related contracts, are placed at the bottom of the food chain.  As specialist in our field, we believe that C levels in businesses should be aware of what’s going on. This information is not always filtered through the correct channels of the organisation, to ensure that contracts and pricing are properly reviewed, before it is signed.

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Topics: MPS, Reduce Printing, Printing Costs, Service Level Agreement, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, TCO

One Planet Living - Equity and Local Economy

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Sep 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Continuing our series exploring Bio regional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, the spotlight this month is on equity and local economy.  This principle is based on creating “safe, equitable places to live and work which support local prosperity and international fair trade”.  



The One Planet goals for equity and local economy include:

  • To ensure diversity and equality of opportunity across gender, race, age, sexual orientation and disability.
  • To create a vibrant and resilient economy where a significant proportion of money is spent locally.
  • To pay all employees a living wage and avoid large income gaps.
  • To ensure pensions and investments are managed responsibly.
  • To conduct international trade fairly and without exploitation.
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Topics: Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

Green Office is on a Drive to Make Greener & More Sustainable Gifts

Posted by Aemey Van Dijl on Sep 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

I have always loved the quote:
The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration.” - by Cornel West

Business owners are becoming more aware of the effect their activities are having on the environment, and because of this, people are showing a greater interest in transitioning from the ordinary, everyday, overdone corporate gifts to now gifting customers with gifts that have “a meaning”. What a better way to inspire your colleagues/clients to be sustainable than to gift them with an eco-friendly gift to remind them of the value of supporting brands that are socially and environmentally friendly.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green ABLE, Office Solutions, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

Overcharge: What No One Is Talking About

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Sep 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM

The expectation to deliver on an effective and efficient print environment for customers is becoming more and more important, whether it is a big corporate business with almost 3 000 assets to keep track of, or a small church down the road relying on one device to do the job. No matter your business size, you will most likely need to invest in a reliable partner to manage your devices and office automation space.

By investing in a partnership, you trust that the prices and terms presented to you are market-related and that the solution offering is a bargain because that is what the sales representative has told you…. right?

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Topics: MPS, Service Level Agreement, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Efficient, Green Office, Office Printing, TCO, Print Assessment, Hardware Solutions, CPC, CPP

What and Why are people still printing?

Posted by Zandalee Naude on Sep 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

It’s all good to manage print costs and have a strategy for going digital, however can you answer the question of why your people still print and what are they printing? We have found that understanding this can actually uncover areas of inefficiencies within your business.

Typically, businesses identify areas of inefficiencies by means of manual processes or escalations within a department or from clients, due to tasks being missed or not attended to. This is a top-down approach where the business would then identify the inefficient process and reach out to consultancies or technology firms to assist with the automation or digitization of this process.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry, Digitalisation

One Planet Living - Sustainable Water

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Aug 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

South Africa is considered to be a water scarce country.  In fact, we are ranked as the 30th driest country in the world, receiving an average of 450 mm rainfall per year compared to the global annual average of 870 mm.  Increasing population growth and climate change is sure to exacerbate this, as we have already witnessed with the severe droughts experienced in Cape Town in 2017/2018 where “day zero” was terrifyingly close to becoming a reality. 

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

Do you know if your contracts are up to scratch?

Posted by Melliza Giliomee on Aug 7, 2019 12:00:00 PM

It is imperative for businesses today to work in an optimal environment to increase efficiency. Office automation is one area in which a business can reduce costs and increase productivity significantly, provided you do your homework. Office Automation is critical for many businesses and because you are replacing many devices such as scanners, printers and multifunctional devices, the partner you choose becomes even more important.

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Topics: MPS, Service Level Agreement, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Efficient, Green Office