Managing Our Distribution

Managing Our Distribution

Moving our products around the globe requires an efficient and accurate global supply chain operations organization. We aim to deliver orders on time, complete, damage-free and at the lowest possible cost.

A major focus for this team is seeking out the most efficient mode of transportation for our shipments, while optimizing weight per vehicle. By applying manufacturing excellence practices, we have improved our distribution footprint, better managed customer expectations and minimized transportation costs. From 2008 to 2012, we reduced our emissions from transportation by over 80,000 tons of CO2. We achieved these gains through improved weight utilization efforts and transportation mode shifting. This reduction in emissions is the equivalent of avoiding the CO2 produced by 8,000 homes’ energy use for one year.*

To help assess and improve our transportation footprint, International Paper is a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Partner Program — an innovative program that brings the EPA, the freight industry and its customers together to push for improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance in the supply chain. In 2013, our supply chain operations established membership and gained certification as a shipper under the EPA SmartWay Shipper Program. This has allowed us to better understand our carbon footprint and set a baseline for outbound transportation across our U.S. facilities.

Our outbound shipments in 2012 created approximately 92 grams of CO2 per ton-mile. The data also showed that 70 percent of our total freight expenditures in the United States and 50 percent of our carrier base are already SmartWay-certified.

We are working to further identify opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and reduce GHG emissions.

Looking ahead, International Paper will continue to focus on using different modes of transportation in its outbound transportation modal mix to improve efficiency and GHG emissions. Our use of rail has increased, while our share of truck shipments has decreased significantly. The share of intermodal, which involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation without any handling of the freight itself, has steadily increased as well.

Source: EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

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Hammermill® Paper Launches Print App & Invites North America to “Feel Free to Print”!

International Paper is leading the imaging papers industry into the smartphone and tablet space with its innovative, free Print Hammermill Application, now available on iTunes, Google Play® Store and the Amazon® App Store for iPhone® and Android® phones and tablets. The Print HammermillTM app allows users to easily connect to a WiFi printer and print photos, documents and much more with the same simplicity as printing from a laptop or desktop. The app has a 4.5 out of 5-star rating in the app stores, evidence that there is demand for robust printing apps in the rapidly growing mobile market. The app encourages users to “Feel Free to Print” on various paper grades, from premium to recycled.

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Pro Design: Professional Paper Meets World-Class Sustainability

Our Pro Design® professional color laser printing paper meets the highest product-quality, environmental and safety standards. Made in our Saillat, France, Mill, Pro Design meets ISO 14001, 18001, 9001:2000 and 9706 certifications and is also certified to the EU Ecolabel and FSC standards. In the United Kingdom, the brand is offered as carbon-neutral by our distributors, who have a partnership for carbon credits with the U.K. Woodland Trust.

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Innovation Makes Jamba Juice Cups Cold and Renewable

International Paper’s Foodservice business is always looking for ways to make our products stand out and to collaborate on customer needs. One customer, Jamba Juice, a leading restaurant retailer with 850 locations globally, had spent years looking for an alternative to expanded polystyrene materials that was sturdy enough to support Jamba’s thick, rich smoothies. Jamba Juice teamed with International Paper’s Foodservice Business and Coated Paperboard team to create an innovative, double-walled cup made of renewable materials, called “Cold&GoTM.” It reduces condensation while keeping beverages cold and resisting sogginess as the frozen smoothies thaw. Until the introduction of Cold&Go to the market, no suitable fiber-based cups with similar properties to expanded polystyrene existed. By the end of 2013, Jamba Juice was able to eliminate the use of expanded polystyrene cups throughout its entire system.

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Paper, Please!TM Campaign

Last year, International Paper's International Packaging Group launched the Paper, Please!TM, grassroots campaign. It was developed to help educate International Paper employees and consumers about the environmental benefits of paper bags and all paper-based products. With more cities across the United States considering ordinances that ban or charge fees for paper bags, the campaign helps mobilize employees and consumers to advocate against such legislation.

International Paper is one of the leading producers of paper bags for grocery stores. The campaign began by asking International Paper employees to sign a pledge and spread the message about the importance of paper products to the environment, the economy and the company. We invite you to visit the Paper, Please!TM website www.paperbagsplease.com, and consider joining our pledge.

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Italian Corrugated Packaging Team Develops New Waterproofing Solution

When a customer inquired about improved waterproof packaging, our team in southern Italy went to the drawing board. The challenge was to develop a new coating machine capable of producing packaging that satisfied regulations for the packaging of humid food products such as salads and cheese. The result was the MB-13 machine, which provides recyclable, individual product branding and waterproof capabilities while maintaining food-contact compliance.