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Sun., Oct. 31, 2010 - At the Big “R” Show ...

Sun., Oct. 31, 2010 - At the Big “R” Show
Green Marketing - Make it Your Business
This panel discussion provided insight on how remanufacturers and distributors can use “green” marketing as a means to maximize company profits by establishing corporate goodwill and promote a company’s green product and services.

Tom Marx discussed how to incorporate a “Green” marketing strategy. Scott Stolberg of AAEQ provided perspectives on how he transformed AAEQ into a leading green company through strategic green marketing initiatives. And Keith Patridge of McAllen Economic Development Corporation discussed their “Green Campaign” successes which promotes remanufacturing and product reuse on the border of Texas and Mexico.



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  • Today we hope to show you how to promote your company’s green assets as a way to improve your bottom line. We have discovered that Green marketing is more than good PR. It is also good for business. It makes good financial sense to invest in efforts to promote your business as green. Our overall goal is to give you some some practical advice on how to implement green marketing into your overall marketing strategy.  
  • Remanufacturing is Green. It has always been green. It is the ultimate form of recycling.*Parts are disassembled, cleaned, repaired or replaced, and then reassembled to working condition. Remanufacturing recaptures the value-added cost of labor, energy and raw materials required to create the same product for consumption. From an environmental standpoint – the cost in resources associated in developing a new product as compared to taking the exact same product and remanufacturing it for consumer consumption is significantly more in terms of the value added to the product calculated by labor, energy and raw materials. *Attributed to : Remanufacturing: The Ultimate Form of Recycling, Rolf Steinhilper, Ph.D., chair for manufacturing and remanufacturing technology at the University of Bayreuth in Germany
  • If you are not using resources to make new products, then these resources are available for other use and other generations.Some of these are renewable and some are finiteAdditional notes: Natural Renewable Resourcesare those that can be replenished by natural processes at a rate comparable or faster than its rate of consumption by humans or other users, such as: timber and fresh waterNatural non-renewable resources are those that cannot be re-made, re-grown, or regenerated on a scale comparative to it’s consumption. In other words these are resources that are consumed faster than they can be made by nature: Examples are oil, natural gas, iron, coal, copper, gold, silver, zinc, aluminum
  • Developing a product new from virgin materials creates more greenhouse gas emissions and creates more of a carbon footprint than taking an existing product and remanufacturing it for consumer consumption. Remanufacturing reduces energy use, reduces landfill waste and preserves renewable and non-renewable natural resources.
  • This claim has been well documented and is based on both the conservation of renewable and non-renewable resources, fuel, manpower and more. Annual energy savings from remanufacturing in the U.S. alone has been estimated to save up to 16 million barrels of crude oil - which equals the consumption of 75,000 car owners. Sources:Bullet One – (Lund, Robert T. 1996, The Remanufacturing Industry, Hidden Giant, Boston, MA)Bullet Two - ( Remanufacturing Is Profitable and Green by Don Hegland,February 24, 2010)
  • 14 million tons of raw material is enough material to fill 155,000 railroad cars to form a train 1,100 miles long. Remanufacturing is big business – with approximately $53 billion annual sales. Collectively, our industry employs close to 500,000 people annually. The automotive remanufacture industry alone is estimated to be $25 billion a year. We have a story to tell – remanufacturing is good for the economy and good for the environment.
  • That was the sentiment in 2008. How has the world changed since then?
  • Companies are racing to the top to be green – Dell, IBM, Hewlett Packard – almost every company with a public face wants to be green. The answer is clear – Green is the new Black. Consumers want to support companies that have an interest in sustainability, care about climate change, landfill minimization and preservation of our resources. So, is there a downside to being Green?
  • To market your business as “Green” first you need to make sure that your business, if scrutinized by the public, would be considered Green.To be green requires that you take proactive steps to be green and that provides you the opportunity to promote your company as green.
  • Greenwashing is the dreaded word. Before you make efforts to implement a green marketing strategy – examine your company’s practices from the perspective of a “green” focused consumer.
  • Be an inspiration to your employees, your industry and community. Do an inventory at your company.
  • Look at every operation in your company
  • So what is involved with a green marketing strategy. Look at your existing and potentially new marketing efforts through a green prism. How can these marketing materials be developed to promote your industry – remanufacturing - and your business as green? Promote your green assets so new and existing customers can feel good about doing business with your company!Begin with your website. A simple statement about your company’s core values of being green is a start.
  • Community Outreach Generates good Publicity and Positive Press. Do not count on others involved to promote you. It takes a calculated effort to be green and to promote your business as green. It takes time to determine what is in the community that is a good fit and how you can devote your company’s resources to participate without being wasteful. Someone in your marketing department should head up this effort, and it may require soliciting help from professionals.
  • If you are green or sell green products, then tell the world. Include your green message in ALL marketing!
  • Be an example to your employees, customers, media and the community.
  • Calculate in terms people can understand how your product is helping the environment. Carbon footprint calculators are excellent to add to your site. Build relationships with your customers with your green story.
  • Remember—PR is FREE and the media wants stories…they all have cut back on their staff, so the opportunity is to provide them with information about how environmentally concerned you are about the products you make.
  • Use the digital world to get across your message!

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    Green MarketingMake It Your Business
    Sunday October 31, 2010
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
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    Tom Marx
    President & CEO
    The Marx Group
    Scott Stolberg
    President & CEO
    AAEQ Remanufacturers and Recyclers
    Keith Patridge
    President & CEO
    McAllen Economic Development Corporation
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    Tom Marx
    President & CEO
  • 4
    Remanufacturing Was Green Before Green Was Cool!
    Remanufacturing is one of the three R’s of Product Retirement
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    Just How Green?
    Remanufacturing conserves, preserves and protects the Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources:
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    Remanufacturing Significantly Reduces
    Green House Gas Emissions (GHG)
    Carbon Footprint
    Energy Use (BTUs)
    Landfill Waste
    Remanufacturing Preserves Renewable and Non-Renewable Natural Resources
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    Did you Know?
    Remanufacturing can conserve up to 85% of the material and energy required to produce the same product as new
    Remanufacturing is estimated to save 14 million tons of natural raw materials annually
    Remanufacturing is estimated to save 400 trillion BTUs per year of energy
    Remanufactured automotive product components are 40 % to 60 % the cost of a new component
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    Did you Know?
    • 28 million tons of added carbon dioxide is avoided by the saved BTUs
    • Millions of barrels of oil and comparable forms of energy is saved by keeping automotive parts out of the re-smelting process
    • The Remanufacturing Industry makes a major impact on the economy:
    • Estimated $53 billion annual sales total
    • Estimated 500,000 employed
  • So What? Who Cares?
  • 10
    Consumers and the Public Cares
    Based on a McKinsey Quarterly Study, March 2008
    87% of consumers are concerned about the environment and social impacts of the products they buy.
    33% of consumers indicated they were ready to buy green products or have already done so.
    Source: Sheila Bonini, Greg Hintz, and Lenny Mendonca, “Addressing Consumer Concerns About Climate Change,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2008.
  • 11
    Newsweek is Keeping Score on Green Companies
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    Scott StolbergPresident & CEO
  • Green washing Will get you in Trouble
  • Avoid Green Washing
    Don’t be deceptive.
    Consumers are keen to green washing. They can easily determine if you are misusing Green PR or Green Marketing to create a misleading perception that your company's policies and products as being environmentally friendly.
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    Walk the Talk
    Would the public consider you green?
    Are you taking proactive steps to be green?
    Are you leveraging your efforts?
  • 16
    Why we are Green
    To be green requires that you take the sustainability of the Earth’s natural resources serious enough to changeactivity in all aspects of your business to conserve, protect and use existing resources.
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    We Want to be an Inspiration
    Company Sustainability Program
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    We Minimize Waste
    Use recycled cardboard boxes
    Recycle metal and rubber
    Use paper instead of plastic or styrofoamfor packaging
    Recycle toner cartridges
    Use biodegradable solvents
    Recycle paper, cardboard, bottles and cans
    Discourage use of plastic water bottles
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    Our Marketing Strategy
    Educate and promote a green message and our green usage through print and electronic media as well as public appearances
    Our Green Message appears throughout AAEQ marketing:
    • Value Proposition (core values, mission statement, brand pillars)
    • Website
    • E Blasts / E Newsletters
    • Advertising
    • Brochures
    • Packaging
    • On Hold Messages
    • Statement Stuffers
    • E-mail Signature
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    Community Outreach
    In the form of:
    Speaking Opportunities
    Community Participation
    Observation of Earth Day or Climate Change Day
    Sponsorship of Events and Green Activities
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    Community Outreach
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    Community Outreach
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    Community Outreach
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    Community Outreach
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    Community Outreach
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    Direct Mailings
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    Our Community OutreachResults In…
    • Positive Press
    News releases
    Feature articles
    Local and Regional Awards
    Invitations for more Speaking Engagements
    • Increased Awareness about AAEQ
    • Positive perceptions about our business and the industry-at-large
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    Remanufacturing is Green. Green is the new Black.
  • Keith Patridge
    President & CEO
  • About McAllen EDC
    Your single point of contact for relocation, expansion and new business development in McAllen, TX/Reynosa, MX
    A non-profit organization charged with creating new jobs and attracting new investment under contract with the City of McAllen
    Began in 1988 and has recruited more than 600 companies, which has resulted in more than 100,000 jobs in McAllen/Reynosa.
    McAllen MSA Population:
    Reynosa Population:
    1.2 million
    Average Age: 27
    Number of companies in bi-national metro: 400+
    Number of international bridges between the cities: 3
    Number of industrial parks in both cities:
    McAllen, TX/Reynosa, MX
  • Remanufacturing in McAllen/Reynosa
    • Lower costs
    • Labor availability
    • 10,000+ workers in the industry
    • Strategic location for collection & redistribution
    Jabil Global Services
    Stanley Black & Decker
    Union Plastics & Metal
    Valley Plastics
    Standard Motor Products
    Four Seasons
    Shapiro Metals
    IFCO Systems
    Republic Systems
  • JVC McAllen
    Warehouse/Refurbishing center in the
    McAllen Foreign Trade Zone
  • JVC McAllen
    Car Stereos
    JVC uses certified recyclers to ensure
    all materials are properly re-used and disposed of
    after the product’s life cycle.
  • De-Manufacturing
    Reynosa, MX
  • Green = Good Business
    Green = PROFIT $$$
    Green = New Customers/Markets
    Green = Good Practice
    Green = Better Environment
  • Marketing Green
    To your company
    To your customer
    • Identify problems in your product line early & address issues
    • COST SAVINGS: By finding an appropriate model, your company will save $$$
    • Do it before your competition thinks of it
    • Green = Innovation & Opportunity
    • Tap into emerging markets that will utilize and buy aftermarket products
    • Customer service- Be certain your product is remanufactured/reused (certified destruction/Reman)
    • Remanufactured is good quality (tested, approved)
    • Product reuse is more sustainable (& helps curb finances)
    • Zero waste
    • Environmentally-friendly innovation (your company is at the top of its game)
    • Provide incentives for end of life reuse so they can receive a new part (brand loyalty & pushing new products)
  • Why McAllen EDC promotes GREEN
  • www.ManufacturingIsGreen.com
  • Using the Third Coast
    * Product comes in, recycled or new component comes out
    * Cost savings
    * New market opportunity
    * Tap into emerging markets
    * Use of numerous transportation means
    * Innovation & Customer service
    200+ carriers
    Estimated cost reduction of a minimum 12% over current system.
    Ports of Manzanillo
    & LazaroCardenas
    Ports of Altamira & Veracruz
  • What to say?
    • Share the green manufacturing story with people who need to know
    - Young professionals, politicians, general public
    - look to new ways to share the story (video, social media, web)
    • Look for new ways to continue the green cycle
    - develop central collection points that save on emissions, freight costs and deliver to McAllen/Reynosa
    - This saves money continues green processes
    Re-brand your company and process as green
    - the more we talk about it, the more people will see the positive environmental impacts from remanufacturing
    If we don’t tell the Reman story- who will?
  • Cost Structure
    Don’t let your brand haunt you
    in the afterlife…
    Don’t let your brand haunt you in the after life…
  • Visit us here at Booth #225
    & at AAPEX Booth #5358
  • Top 5 Ways to Leverage your Business as Green
  • #1 Branding
    Develop a green logo
    Create a green tagline – make sure to include in all your ads and collateral
    Add “green” to your Value Proposition statement and Core Values
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  • #2 Become A Green Office
    Develop a sustainability program that promotes reuse, conservation and preservation
    Create policies and procedures designed to encourage and reward employees for their efforts to be green
    Consider how to incorporate green practices into your business – fleet, administrative office, sales, etc.
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  • #3 Website
    Create a page on your website that promotes remanufactured products as green; show the value to the environment
    Use your green branding on your website to give a visual to your green efforts
    Include stories of how your employees are green in their own lives
    Tout your community participation with green activities on your site
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  • #4 Public Relations
    Develop a boilerplate for your news release that incorporates a green message about your product
    Develop at least two releases a year with an environmental focus
    Create a video that shares your green message
  • #5 Social Networking
    Share your accomplishments, corporate and employee related in being green and staying green through social networking sites:
    You Tube
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    Thank You!
    Tom Marx
    President & CEO
    The Marx Group
    Scott Stoberg
    President & CEO
    AAEQ Manufacturing & Recyclers
    Keith Patridge
    President & CEO
    McAllen Economic Development Corporation