Pilot program saved more than 46,000 boxes: stacked up they would be 15
times taller than the CN Tower
TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - After a successful pilot program,
Canada's leading office solutions provider Grand & Toy today announced
the availability across Canada of the Boomerang Box™ - its reusable
environmentally responsible shipping solution. The program is
projected to reduce box consumption by 80 per cent among participating
The program's pilot, launched last fall with 695 Grand & Toy
Vancouver-based customers (representing 5,800 locations) and 23 BMO
Financial Group locations in the Greater Toronto Area, has been a
resounding success. Over the pilot period, the use of Boomerang Boxes
saved more than 46,000 one-time use boxes. Stacked one on top of the
other, they would be eight kilometres high, 15 times the height of the
"The success of the Boomerang Box pilot demonstrates that Canadian
organizations are serious about their commitment to sustainability,"
said Kevin Edwards, Vice President Marketing, U.S. & Canada, OfficeMax
/ Grand & Toy. "The Boomerang Box is just one of many Grand & Toy
initiatives designed to help our customers lessen their environmental
Customers save their empty Boomerang Boxes until they are picked up by
Grand and Toy's delivery staff on the next shipment. The Boomerang Box
features a stackable design to minimize storage space needs, while the
sturdy, corrugated material allows Grand & Toy to re-use Boomerang
Boxes for an average of six to 10 delivery cycles with proper use. Each
Boomerang Box has a unique barcode which allows it to be tracked
throughout the shipping cycle and helps Grand & Toy analyze Boomerang
Box adoption rates and usage trends.
"By partnering with Grand & Toy on this pilot, we saw an innovative
opportunity to reduce waste at many of our Toronto branches and
offices," said Jim Johnston, director, environmental sustainability and
compliance, BMO Financial Group. "The results of the pilot have been
encouraging, and we look forward to expanding the program to all of our
locations across Canada and the United States."
Program eligibility requires each location maintain a 70 per cent return
rate. The Boomerang Box is an opt-in program and there is no charge to
join. For larger companies, with multiple locations, Grand & Toy offers
the ability to choose which locations participate in the program. The
Boomerang Box, which comes in three sizes, will also be available in
the U.S. through Grand & Toy's parent company, OfficeMax.
In an average year, Grand & Toy ships more than three million boxes to
Designed in partnership with Norampac, a privately owned packaging
manufacturer based in Quebec, the Boomerang Box is an environmentally
responsible shipping solution made from 63 per cent post-consumer
recycled material. Boomerang Boxes are 100 per cent recyclable at the
end of their box lifecycle.
For more information, please visit: Boomerang Box.
About Grand & Toy
With a heritage that dates back to 1882, today's Grand & Toy is
committed to offering sustainable solutions to Canadian business in the
areas of interiors, technology, and imaging and professional services,
in addition to office and facility supplies. We operate one of the
country's largest distribution networks serving clients coast-to-coast.
Grand & Toy also demonstrates a firm commitment to corporate social
responsibility through a comprehensive sustainability strategy that is
manifested through numerous internal and external environmental and
social outreach programs. For more information, visit www.grandandtoy.com.
About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly
diversified North American financial services organization. With total
assets of $542 billion as at July 31, 2012, and more than 46,000
employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail
banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
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SOURCE: Grand & Toy
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