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This blog discusses Oracle's sustainability-related solutions and some of the sustainability activities at Oracle.

  • December 2, 2013

Acorn Paper Products Reduces Energy and Paper Use While Improving Customer Service

Many
organizations believe they can’t afford to address sustainability-related
initiatives because they’re too expensive or possibly too disruptive. In
several earlier blog posts, I’ve provided examples of customers who have not
only improved their environmental footprint, but have also been able to improve
their operational efficiencies. Another great example of this is
Acorn Paper Products Company. Acorn Paper has
significantly reduced its energy and paper use while improving its customer
service. It stocks thousands of ready-to-sell boxes, packaging supplies, and
janitorial/sanitary products, in addition to operating a sizeable
custom-manufacturing operation.


The company has long held a strong commitment to environmental sustainability,
using advanced biodegradable and eco-friendly packaging. Acorn Paper Products
also relies on its IT systems to support sustainability across its business
operations. For example, the company uses
Oracle E-Business
Suite
applications,
as well as
Oracle Sales Cloud applications to automate
core business processes, from order entry, to e-commerce, to distribution. As a
result, it is reducing manufacturing waste as well as cutting paper and energy
use across the business. Greater automation and standardization across business
processes have also improved order accuracy, reducing waste as well as
unnecessary shipments and returns. For example, using
Oracle Order
Management
,
Acorn sales representatives can configure boxes to the exact dimensions a
customer requires, which cuts down on raw materials and waste, while improving
profitability.


The company’s recent upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2 also
promoted an architecture refresh that has upgraded and consolidated servers,
reducing the energy it uses to run and cool the infrastructure. We are proud to
have customers like Acorn Paper using our products to further their
sustainability initiatives. As their CEO David Weissberg recently stated "Oracle
is our partner in environmental sustainability. The company’s applications and
technology enable us to streamline operations and reduce waste, paper use, and
energy use, while improving overall operating efficiency. It’s a winning
proposition for the company, our customers, and the environment.” Read more
about their story
here.

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