Konica Minolta India starts eDeliveries of products via EVs

Go-Green initiative begins in Delhi, Noida, Kochi and Guwahati

Konica Minolta India eDelivery
Konica Minolta India begins eDeliveries of shipments up to 100 kilograms in Delhi, Noida, Kochi and Guwahati

The company started delivering small machines and other accessories of printers via 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler EVs in Delhi and Noida. For now, the company is delivering small machines and accessories weighing up to 100 kilos using EVs.

Konica Minolta, has initiated local deliveries of small machines and accessories to its consumers in Delhi, Noida, Cochin, and Guwahati via Electric Vehicles. The company has shifted to pollution-free 2-wheeler and 3-wheelers. A press released datelined Delhi 10 February 2023, says the company’s eDeliveries are delivering small machines, spare parts, and equipment under 100 kilograms to customers. It uses electric 2- and 3-wheelers in Delhi and Noida and is utilizing 2-wheelers in Kochi and Guwahati.

Expressing his thoughts on this initiative, Konica Minolta India’s managing director Katsuhisa Asari said, “Through this initiative, we aim to do our bit to reduce the impact on the environment and leave a greener presence. We at Konica Minolta believe that any opportunity you have to be green, be it in everyday life or business innovations, you should take it. Our customers have also reacted positively to our switch to eco-friendly transport. Their support has further helped us make the switch efficient and smooth.”

The Go-Green is a step towards flourishing growth in a global, sustainable world. The EVs being utilized work on rechargeable battery-based engines, leading to low running and maintenance costs as opposed to traditional fuels. The vehicles have no toxic emissions that would affect public health.

With the aim to build a sustainable tomorrow, the company has set a long-term environmental goal to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 under Eco-Vision 2030 and Eco-Vision 2050, respectively. Konica Minolta also has a program to collect used MFPs and printers from customers and recycle them, following applicable laws. Instead of manually crushing these discarded items entirely, the partner agency recycles and reuses them as raw materials after appropriate segregation.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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