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The Koehler Group and Europe’s largest converter of checkout rolls, the Schades Group, have been working in partnership for decades. The products supplied by Koehler to Schades include kilometer-long rolls of sustainable Blue4est® thermal paper that Schades cuts into small checkout rolls and subsequently supplies to retail outlets, among other customers. In this interview, Marcel Bergmann, CEO of the Schades Group, talks about what makes the partnership with Koehler so successful and the sustainability goals that unite the two companies.
Marcel Bergmann The high demand from our customers demonstrates that paper checkout rolls remain the most popular choice. Paper receipts boast many advantages over digital ones. On the one hand, full data protection cannot be guaranteed in the case of e-receipts, as providers analyze the purchasing habits of consumers and use this information to provide targeted ads and offers. This is a cause for concern for many people.
On the other hand, a digital receipt does not necessarily have a better carbon footprint than a paper one. An electronic receipt must still be permanently stored on a server somewhere, which is not greenhouse-gas-neutral either. As such, if a paper receipt is produced sustainably and then recycled, it may even end up being more environmentally friendly than its electronic counterpart. These requirements are met by Blue4est® thermal paper from Koehler, which we use at Schades to produce checkout rolls. To sum it up, privacy, sustainability, and simply having a physical copy of the receipt in your hand are all reasons why we think paper receipts will remain relevant in the future.
MB In general, our customers are very invested in ensuring that products are sustainable, and till receipts are no exception. In order to function, thermal paper requires a host of chemicals, the recyclability of which is often called into question. For example, the German Environment Agency recommends disposing of till receipts as residual waste. That is why Koehler carried out intensive research and brought out its Blue4est® range that does not require the use of thermal chemicals and can therefore be recycled as normal.
In short, Blue4est® thermal paper stands out from the alternatives on the market thanks to its sustainable and innovative properties.
“Blue4est® thermal paper stands out from the alternatives on the market thanks to its sustainable and innovative properties.”Marcel BergmannCEO der Schades Group
MB Schades and Koehler are not only pursuing the same sustainability objectives in the area of point-of-sale. Both companies have long been advocates and supporters of sustainably produced paper. That is what makes our partnership so successful.
The Schades Group is continuing to work internally on making receipts even more sustainable than they are today. We now no longer produce checkout rolls in plastic sheaths, but use cardboard ones instead. The next step is to do away with these sheaths altogether. We are taking a similar approach to the packaging of our other products, and are working closely with Koehler on this front. Until recently, we used to wrap our checkout rolls in plastic film, but we are now using flexible packaging paper from Koehler. There is a further benefit to packaging checkout rolls in paper – namely that the packaging line requires less energy than for plastic packaging.
MB We are implementing numerous optimization processes along the supply chain. For example, back in 2018 we stopped buying our paper from Asia and now only source it from Germany and Europe instead. This has significantly reduced delivery distances and therefore carbon emissions. Yet another reason why Koehler is such a great partner: many of our sites are located near to each other.
Another key factor is our work with Koehler on maximizing the length of the jumbo paper rolls. The maximum roll length Koehler used to be able to supply was 12,000 meters; now it is 20,500 meters. This allows us to produce far more checkout rolls per delivery.
MB We are trying to address our carbon
footprint and have had our measures certified by independent
auditors. For example, the wood we use to make our paper is
derived from responsibly managed forests, which is why we are
able to display the FSC® label on our checkout rolls. Schades
also meets all of the
ISO 14001 environmental management system certification criteria as well as the BRC Global Packaging Standards criteria, the latter being particularly important for the British market. These various certifications show that we take a holistic approach to sustainability and are taking our commitments to environmental protection seriously.
“The Schades Group and Koehler Paper are pursuing the same sustainability goals, which is what makes our partnership so successful.”Marcel Bergmann CEO of the Schades Group
MB Currently, our main focus is on improving the energy efficiency of our production processes. This involves installing photovoltaic systems at our sites and investing in new factories. These factories will be designed so that they can be used to process Koehler’s sustainable products such as its flexible packaging paper as well as Blue4est® thermal paper and its new sibling, Blue4est® Pro thermal labels.
We started this process some years ago now. Like Koehler, we used the pandemic as an opportunity to step up the pace of our sustainable transformation. Once again, this demonstrates the natural affinity between our two companies.
length of the Koehler Paper jumbo rolls that Schades uses to make smaller checkout rolls
The introduction of longer jumbo rolls has reduced carbon emissions in the supply chain.