By Evelyn Neumayr on Dec 02, 2013
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
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.