Grand & Toy rolls out Boomerang Box

Boxes saved more than 46,000 one-time use boxes during pilot project

October 16, 2012
by Purchasingb2b Staff

TORONTO—After a pilot program,Grand & Toy has announced the availability of the Boomerang Box, a reusable, environmentally responsible shipping solution. The company said the program is projected to reduce box consumption by 80 percent among participating businesses.

The program’s pilot was launched last fall with 695 Grand & Toy Vancouver-based customers and 23 BMO Financial Group locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the pilot period, the use of Boomerang Boxes saved more than 46,000 one-time use boxes, said Grand & Toy.

“The success of the Boomerang Box pilot demonstrates that Canadian organizations are serious about their commitment to sustainability,” said Kevin Edwards, vice-president marketing, US & Canada, OfficeMax/Grand & Toy. “The Boomerang Box is just one of many Grand & Toy initiatives designed to help our customers lessen their environmental footprint.”

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 and Grand & Toy can re-use them an average of six to 10 delivery cycles with proper use. Each Boomerang Box has a unique barcode that 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 percent 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 comes in three sizes.

Designed in partnership with Norampac, a privately owned packaging manufacturer based in Quebec, the Boomerang Box is made from 63 percent post-consumer recycled material. Boomerang Boxes are 100 percent recyclable at the end of their box lifecycle.