Yunker Industries, a 70-year-old-company based in Elkhorn, WI, is one of the top printing and graphics manufacturers in the country. Working with all types of retailers, including some of the most famous big-box retailers in the country, as well as restaurants and convenience stores, the firm’s print designs, referred to as “large format printing,” have made it the go-to company for signs and graphics that help distinguish one brand from another.
The company is also becoming very sustainability focused. As with many other companies in the printing, graphics, and related industries, many of the materials used in the past to make their products have not always been environmentally safe, and the entire production process can generate considerable amounts of waste. In addition, the amount of electricity and natural gas used in the print and graphics production process can be substantial.
“We wanted to turn this around,” says Nadine Seitz, marketing manager for Yunker Industries. “To accomplish this and through the SGP Certification program, a partnership of sustainable green printing companies, we got involved with Sustainability Dashboard Tools.”
So we are all on the same page, the SGP Certification program has been instrumental in helping the printing industry operate more sustainably and efficiently. To accomplish this, they have developed the SGP Impact Tracker, which is powered by the Sustainability Dashboard Tools system.
This online “dashboard” system helps companies like Yunker, as well as virtually all types of facilities, reduce consumption and operate more efficiently. The professional cleaning industry is well aware of its benefits. In partnership with ISSA, many jansan distributors have saved large sums in operating costs using the dashboard. It helps them monitor and measure their use of water, fuel, electricity, and gas so they can use less and use it more efficiently.
We should also point out that the dashboard can be connected to the new Engagement Tool. This is an all-new technology that helps organizations “tell their sustainability story,” so to speak. It allows organizations to share their sustainability efforts on large monitors with their staff as well as customers. However, instead of just presenting numbers and metrics, the Engagement Tool presents data in real-life terms, that brings the data to life and helps make the data more understandable.
However, once Nadine and her team started using the “tracker” and the dashboard, something unexpected happened. “After entering the natural gas data for 2018, I received a phone call from Sustainability Dashboard Tools. They said something did not look right with the information entered and suggested I reach out to the gas company about it.”
The system noticed a short but significant spike in gas consumption and gas costs during the summer of 2018. “It just did not look right,” adds Seitz.
After several calls with the gas company, it was discovered that Yunker had been overcharged by nearly $6,500. “If it wasn’t for the tracker and Sustainability Dashboard Tools, I don’t believe this error would have [ever] been caught.”
Not only has the dashboard helped Yunker save nearly $6,500, it has helped the company make money as well. As Nadine explains, most of the corporations her company now works with send out what are called RFIs. These Requests for Information typically are asking for what Green and sustainability initiatives a company is now taking. They often want this information before they will consider doing business with a vendor. “The dashboard makes this easy and helps us show our sustainable efforts,” she adds. “The information is clear and concise and helps so we can move up the sales funnel winning new business.”