Acorn Paper Products Company was founded by Jack Bernstein in 1946, after moving to Los Angeles from Chicago where he was active in the packaging business in the late 1930s. The company started by selling job-lot (over-run) boxes with five employees in an 11,000-square-foot warehouse. Today, the fourth-generation, family-owned business has more than 500,000 square feet of warehouse space and is the end-user, distribution arm of Oak Paper Products Company, a holding company. Acorn operates four specialty-product divisions: creative services, janitorial and sanitary products, wine packaging, and agricultural packaging. In addition to stocking thousands of ready-to-sell boxes, packaging supplies, and janitorial/sanitary products, it operates a sizeable custom-manufacturing operation to meet the needs of customers with special requests.
The company has long held a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. It continues to expand its already extensive and diverse product lines with advanced biodegradable and eco-friendly packaging and janitorial and sanitary products. For example, its corrugated boxes use 40% to 70% recycled content and the company produces boxes from 100% recycled cardboard on request. It also uses soy-based and water-based inks with no oils or heavy metals for printing graphics on corrugated containers, and all of the water used in the company’s printing operations is recycled.
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 12.1.2 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.
“The company’s sales team used to have to carry around multiple binders containing paper contracts, customer order histories, as well as product information,” said David Weissberg, CEO, Acorn Paper Products Company. “We are eliminating those paper-based systems—improving our environmental footprint as well as putting accurate and up-to-date information at the fingertips of our salespeople whenever and wherever they need it. As a result, we can focus more on building relationships instead of filing papers.”
As important, greater automation and standardization across business processes have 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.
“Oracle technology and applications play an important role in our growing business. Not only do they enable us to continuously improve operational efficiency, they are the foundation that supports our sustainability initiatives. They have helped us to improve efficiency and reduce raw material use, manufacturing waste, paper use, and energy consumption across our operations by working smarter. Our customers and the community share in these benefits,” Weissberg said.