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K-C P tackles distribution chain as part of its ongoing sustainability programme

Published 9th December, 2009 by Neil Nixon

K-C P tackles distribution chain as part of its ongoing sustainability programme

Kimberly-Clark Professional is continuing to reduce its impact on the environment thanks to a range of measures targeting the distribution chain. The company has introduced a number of improvements to packaging and distribution efficiencies, which will result in significant reductions in transportation-related carbon emissions.

In the UK, Kimberly-Clark Professional has improved efficiency and minimised environmental impact by reducing the occasions where trucks are running empty. The company has introduced an integrated transport solution in which the same trucks are used for outbound customer deliveries as well as inbound logistics back to mills, such as pallets, waste paper and supplies. In 2008 this helped cut empty running down to 24%.

As part of its ongoing resource reduction effort, the Kimberly-Clark Professional facility in Koblenz, Germany, recently invested $330,000 to reconstruct the railway connection from its main regional distribution centre. The mill produces 53,000 metric tons of products per year, including bath tissue for hotels and restaurants and specialised wiper products for the manufacturing industry. In total, delivering these goods by rail will save more than 2500 truck deliveries each year, significantly reducing CO² emissions.

“The actions we have taken are good for the environment as well as our business,” said Lisa Morden, head of global sustainability at Kimberly- Clark Professional. “With the focus on resource reduction, these initiatives are at the heart of our Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow sustainability programme.”

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