By centralizing production volume in TechCenters
We process our spectacles in our dedicated TechCenters where we edge and fit the lenses. By moving these processes from stores to industrialized facilities such as our TechCentres, GrandVision is able to better control its environmental footprint as it creates opportunities for efficiency gains in areas of energy use, transportation, water and waste management [see below TechCenter utilities graph]. The expected result from centralizing these activities will include:
- Increased efficiency in electricity and water usage due to more sophisticated equipment in the TechCenters
- Higher precision and a reduction in material scrap, and therefore a reduction in waste management volumes and environmental impact
- Increased activity control executed by dedicated staff
- A significant reduction in occupied space, leading to savings in supply and management resources
Our 2025 target is to have at least 85% of our spectacles processed in our TechCenters.
In 2018, we expect to see the number of spectacles processed in TechCenters increase more significantly due to the acquisitions of Tesco Opticians in the UK and the acquisition of the majority stake in Visilab in Switzerland at the end of 2017.