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Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Brief summary of the company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation is an American personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products. Kimberly-Clark brand name products include Kleenex facial tissue, Kotex feminine hygiene products, Cottonelle, Scott and Andrextoilet paper, Wypall utility wipes, KimWipes scientific cleaning wipes, and Huggies disposable diapers. Furthermore, leading brands sold in more than 175 countries and more than 142 years in business. Based in Irving, Texas, it has approximately 42,500 employees working at manufacturing facilities in 37 countries. Nearly one-quarter of the world's population purchase our products every day. Kimberly-Clark UK holds Royal Warrants from Queen Elizabeth II and from the Prince of Wales in the United Kingdom. Kimberly Clark is also listed among the Fortune 500. Subsidiaries under Kimberly-Clark include Kimberly-Clark Health Care and Kimberly-Clark Professional.

Kimberly-Clark Innovations
(Discovering new ways to provide essentials for a better life)
At Kimberly-Clark, insights gained from our customers, shoppers and users drive us to continuously explore ways to increase our speed to market with new-to-the-world essential solutions. Developing and acquiring new technologies and leveraging strategic partnerships and alliances has enabled us to create innovative product and design solutions across our consumer tissue, personal care, health care and business-to-business segments.
Consumer Tissue:
With the inventions of Scott bathroom tissue, Scott Paper Towels and Kleenex facial tissues have changed the way people everywhere clean and protect themselves.
Throughout the years, K-C researchers have developed a variety of proprietary technologies that have increased the effectiveness of our products. Increased softness and absorbency, consumer-friendly packaging and a line of tissue products designed to combat colds and viruses are just a few of the ways we are improving the health, hygiene and well-being of people everywhere.
Following are examples of a few of our consumer tissue innovations:
• My Kleenex Tissue
• Ultra Soft facial tissue
• fashion-forward package design,
• Enables consumers to create their own one-of-a-kind Kleenex Ovals tissue carton incorporating personal photos, messages, and custom designs and colors. Each distinctive and stylish oval carton holds an ample supply of tissues.
• Viva brand paper towels
• Disposable paper towel that displays cloth-like properties.
• Superior in softness, wet-toughness and total sheet absorbency.
• Scott Rapid Dissolving bath tissue
• To help consumers avoid these troublesome clogs, the Scott brand developed Scott Rapid Dissolving bath tissue formulated to break up four times faster in water than the leading bath tissue brand.
• Kleenex Balsam facial tissues
• Developed to help consumers soothe sore noses when suffering from a cold or flu, Kleenex Balsam facial tissue is the No. 1 facial tissue brand in the UK.* Kleenex Balsam facial tissues are the first tissues to leave behind a micro-fine layer of calendula on the skin, a balm which soothes the nose and helps prevent it from becoming sore and red.

Kimberly-Clark Professional
Innovations for the workplace, do-it-yourselfers and away-from-home washrooms
Kimberly-Clark Professional has long been an innovator in developing and manufacturing a wide assortment of quality product solutions. Utilizing customer and chooser insights and expert development capabilities, Kimberly-Clark Professional produces solutions for the workplace, do-it yourselfers and away-from-home washrooms.
Following are examples of a few of our Kimberly-Clark Professional innovations:
• Electronic Touch less Coreless JRT Tissue Dispenser
- First electronic bath tissue dispenser.
- The new system automatically dispenses a pre-measured amount of toilet paper when users place their hands under the dispenser.
- Reduces consumption by 20 percent through controlled dispensing.
• KIMTECH PURE W3 Wipers and Dispenser
- Designed by Kimberly-Clark Professional to minimize contamination in clean room environments
- These innovative pre-saturated wipers are both solvent- and abrasion-resistant and have four laser-sealed edges to minimize particle generation.
• KIMTECH PREP Wipers for WETTASK System
- Refillable wet wiping
- Its closed-bucket system avoids contamination of the wipers and cleaning solution when in use and reduces exposure to chemical vapors and splashes.
• Kleenex Pop-Up Box Hand Towels
- Developed to avoid messy stacks of paper towels
- one-at-a-time dispensing
- Convenient, hygienic countertop towel solution for high-end offices, lodging or any facility that prefers convenient countertop dispensing.
Personal Care
Innovative products designed for each stage of life

At Kimberly-Clark, we understand that, as you go through life, your health and hygiene needs change. Through our insights-driven research, we continue to identify unmet needs and quickly develop and deliver innovative personal care solutions that reach a broad spectrum of ages.
Following are examples of a few of our personal care innovations:
• Huggies Little Swimmers Sun Care Products
- Huggies Little Swimmers sun care product line to help protect kids from harmful UVB rays and sunburn.
• Huggies Supreme Diapers - Natural Fit & Gentle Care/Newborn
• Poise Extra Pads with Wings
- Poise Extra Pads with Wings is the first and only winged pad designed for bladder protection
Paper based consumer products
Group’s 1st business was operating paper mills that produce mostly paper-based consumer products. And one of the major producer of premium business and technical papers and a market leader in health care products.

The Scott Paper Company is a USA-based corporation which manufactures mostly paper based consumer products, founded in 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by brothers E. Irvin and Clarence Scott. Later they merged with K – C.


• Toilet paper
• Facial tissue
• Wipers
• Apparel
• Gloves
• Masks & respirators
• Eye protection
• Air freshener
• Paper napkins
• Dispensers

Growth Markets
Kimberly Clark’s Third Quarter 2014 Operating Results saying that; o Third quarter 2014 net sales of $5.4 billion increased 3 percent compared to the year-ago period. Organic sales rose 4 percent, including a 10 percent increase in K-C International. o Diluted net income per share for the third quarter was $1.50 in 2014 and $1.42 in 2013. o Third quarter adjusted earnings per share were an all-time record $1.61 in 2014 compared to $1.44 in the year-ago period o Full-year adjusted earnings per share in 2014 are expected to be $5.93 to $6.03, assuming the spin-off of the company's health care business occurs at the end of October 2014.
And according to the investor presentation2014, Kimberly‘s net sale and profit in inside North America and out side North America are illustrated below;

Customer Perception

Kimberly-Clark has included sustainability goals in its Global Business Plan, including a 'Vision 2010' environmental program designed to help the company improve its performance in energy, water and waste reduction targets. The company has named unique goals for its various businesses including its Consumer Tissue business, its Personal Care business, its Health Care business and its Professional line of products. The company has increased energy efficiency at manufacturing sites and in finished product distribution, lowering its greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing by more than seven percent between 2005 and 2009. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Kimberly-Clark with its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2010 for efforts such as rigorous tracking of energy usage, energy-efficient equipment and fixtures and programs that increase energy-smart awareness. Partnering with charitable organizations such as CARE International and the World Resources Institute, Kimberly-Clark donated $400,000 to environmental causes in 2009 to help offset its consumption of forest resources and water.
Kimberly-Clark is working to educate consumers that choosing "green" products does not require trade-offs with quality and performance. In April 2011, the U.S. Scott Naturals brand launched a "4 Week Test Drive" program with the objective of changing consumers’ perceptions about "green" paper products. The goal was to empower consumers to make the better environmental choice by emphasizing the balance of mainstream product performance and quality with eco-friendly product innovation. The program promoted bath tissue, towels, moist wipes and napkin product lines that blend virgin fiber and at least 20 percent recycled material in products or packaging.
o Maintaining Top-Tier Dividend Objective
Kimberly-Clark Corporation updated its long-range Global Business Plan, calling for consistent top- and bottom-line growth, increased strategic marketing spending, robust ongoing cost savings, and additional improvements in working capital and overall return on invested capital. The company also said that it will continue to use cash generated by the Plan in shareholder-friendly ways, including maintaining its top-tier dividend payout Members of Kimberly-Clark's senior leadership team met with investors and analysts to review progress on the company's Global Business Plan and further plans to achieve sustainable growth and improve shareholder returns through 2015. o Leveraging the power of K-C's brands
The company has increased strategic marketing spending by 70 basis points as a percent of sales from 2004 to 2009 to support product innovation, growth in K-C International, and to further improve brand equity and market share. Going forward, K-C plans to continue to rise spending at a faster rate than net sales through 2015. o Becoming more efficient
By reviewing the company's progress in 2009 to improve organization efficiency, generate cost savings and reduce working capital and savings from K-C's ongoing FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program for the three-year period from 2008 through 2010 are expected to total $400 to $450 million compared with an original target of $350 to $450 million. Also the company outlined a new three-year plan to deliver an additional $400 to $500 million of FORCE savings from 2011 to 2013, with expected benefits from the continued rollout of lean manufacturing and supply chain practices and from the formation of a global procurement organization. Moreover, the company is beginning to implement lean practices in its business processes and functions as part of its plan to establish a continuous improvement capability throughout the enterprise and to ensure that overhead spending rises slower than sales o Continued financial discipline
Company's primary financial objectives through 2015 as follows (stated in terms of average annual improvements);
• Sales growth 3 to 5 percent.
• Operating margin improvement 30 to 50 basis points.
• Earnings per share growth of mid- to high-single digits.
• Improvement in ROIC of 20 to 40 basis points.
• Dividend increases in line with growth in earnings per share.

Market demand: - Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) posted strong sales and profits in its third quarter ending September 30, 2014. Quarterly sales increased 3.4% to $5.45 billion, helped by an equal contribution from volume expansion and price increases. K-C International remained the pillars of growth in Kimberly-Clark’s geographic portfolio, growing 10% during the quarter.
Operating profits increased 15% during the quarter, resulting in a 1.8% expansion in operating profit margins in Q3FY14. In addition to contributions from strong sales, Kimberly-Clark’s FORCE (Focused on Reducing Costs Everywhere) program generated nearly $100 million in cost savings during the quarter. Additionally, lower general and administrative expenses have supported overall margin expansion; offsetting the effect of a $55 million increase in input cost inflation in Q3FY14.
We are in the process of updating our price estimate of $112 for Kimberly-Clark’s stock to incorporate the latest quarterly results. Personal Care and Consumer Tissue Businesses Ride on Emerging Market Growth
The Personal Care segment, which accounts for over 45% of total sales, marked a robust 4% growth during the quarter to reach $2.48 billion in sales. Organic sales grew 6% for the segment, driven by a 12% gain in organic sales from K-C International. Organic sales of diaper products in China, Russia and Eastern Europe grew 25% while sales in Brazil witnessed a 10% increase. Other categories that contribute a smaller portion to K-C International, such as feminine care, adult care and baby wipes, also reported double-digit organic growth rates.
On the flipside, organic sales in North America were down, with volumes down by more than 1% while pricing partially offset the decline in volumes. Product volumes from brands in the adult care segment, such as Kotex and Depend increased at double-digit pace, benefiting from innovations and product promotions. However, volumes declines in baby and child care brands such as Huggies and GoodNites masked the gains in adult care in North America. The strong growth rates in volumes and pricing from K-C International lifted margins for the Personal Care division to 19.5% in Q3FY14 from 18% in Q3FY13, making it the most profitable business line for Kimberly Clark. Kimberly-Clark’s Consumer Tissue business, which accounts for about 31% of total sales, registered nearly 4.5% year on year growth to reach $1.7 billion in quarterly sales. Organic sales grew 3% for the segment, supported by strong volume performance in North America from the Viva Vantage paper towels and promotion campaigns and higher selling prices in International markets such as Latin America. Operating profits also witnessed a surge during the quarter, increasing 22% year on year to $285 million, benefiting from higher prices and volumes. Weak North American Market Slows K-C Professional Sales
The K-C Professional segment had a relatively subdued quarter in comparison to Personal Care and Consumer Tissue segments. Sales grew 3.6% to $873 million while margins posted a meager 50 basis point expansion, held back by weak market performance and price erosion in North America. Net sales in North America were 3% lower while Europe and K-C International registered year on year growth rates of 6% and 14% respectively in Q3FY14 sales. Historically, K-C Professional has been Kimberly-Clark’s most profitable division. However, margins from the Personal Care stood higher in Q3FY14, supported by double-digit growth from key emerging markets.
Health Care Business Spin-off Scheduled for October End
Lastly, Kimberly-Clark’s Health Care segment continued to drag down overall sales. Year on year, sales in the Health Care segment declined 2.7% to $392 million in Q3FY14 due to falling selling prices. Volumes remained flat on a year on year basis due to an increase in demand for protective gear, and surgical and infection-prevention products since the diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S. Margins on the other hand declined about 4% compared to Q3FY13, with quarterly operating profit decreasing by 26% to $52 million due to pricing pressure.
Kimberly-Clark will be spinning off its Health Care business by the end of Friday, October 31, and has initiated a restructuring plan earlier this year to improve organizational efficiency and offset the impact of stranded overhead costs after the spin-off. As part of the restructuring, Kimberly-Clark plans to cut up to 1,300 jobs, primarily from its Health Care business through 2016. The spin-off of the health care business should add to improving sales and margins for Kimberly-Clark going forward.
Baby Care EBITDA Margin and Feminine Care EBITDA Margin: We currently forecast Kimberly-Clark's Personal Care (Baby Care, Feminine Hygiene Care and Adult Incontinence products) EBITDA margin to marginally improve from 19.9% in 2014 to about 20.4% by the end of the Trefis forecast period. There could be a 10% upside to the Trefis price estimate if margins improved to the 2009-2010 levels of 25% by 2021. However, if margins fall to 15% by the end of our forecast period, there could be an approximate 15% downside to the Trefis price estimate.
Kimberly-Clark's Market Share of Global Baby Care Diapers: We forecast Kimberly-Clark's market share of baby care products to rise from 18.2% in 2014 to 18.7% by 2021. There could be a marginal upside in our price estimate if the market share were to improve to 2008-2009 level of 21%-22%. However, there could be a similar downside if the market share declines to 15% by the end of our forecast period.

GENERAL 2010 2011 2012 2013
Fiber Use (million MT)
Virgin 2.56 2.48 2.36 2.40
% of total 72.6% 70.3% 71.1% 71.5%
Recycled 0.97 1.05 0.95 0.96
% of total 27.5% 29.7% 28.6% 28.5%
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) + recycled content 65.3% 62.4% 66.1% 71.7%
MANUFACTURING 2010 2011 2012 2013
Total production volume (million MT) 5.13 4.96 4.80 4.63
MATERIALS USED (MILLION MT) 2010 2011 2012 2013
Virgin fiber 2.56 2.48 2.36 2.4
Recycled fiber 0.97 1.05 0.95 0.96
Polymers 0.74 0.72 0.72 0.69
Packaging 0.52 0.50 0.52 0.52
Adhesives 0.08 0.07 0.08 0.06
Polymer-based components 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02
Packaging (MT/MT of production) 0.104 0.103 0.103 0.104

FIBER SOURCING 2010 2011 2012 2013
Virgin fiber from environmentally responsible sources* 98.0% 99.9% 100.0% 100.0%
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 39.4% 47.0% 52.7% 60.5%
Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) 30.7% 30.4% 32.4% 23.7%
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) 8.4% 6.0% 5.0% 4.1%
CERFLOR (Brazil) 7.9% 3.3% 2.2% 0%
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) 7.2% 5.4% 5.4% 6.1%
Forest Stewardship Council Controlled Wood (FSC-CW) 4.8% 7.9% 2.4% 5.6%
Not Certified* 1.7% 0.1% 0% 0%

Virgin Fiber
FSC Mix 11.4% 23.6% 33.3% 38.5% 44.3%
FSC Plantation N/A 19.9% 29.1% 33.1% 38.4%
FSC Controlled Wood N/A 20.9% 31.4% 26.1% 21.8%
Recycled Fiber
Recycled content 31.0% 31.0% 32.0% 34.5% 33.9%
Post-consumer recycled content* N/A N/A 12.9% 14.1% 13.8%
N/A: Data not available.
Data represents Kimberly-Clark and equity affiliates.
"FSC Plantation" is a subset of "FSC Mix".
"Post-consumer recycled content" is a subset of "Recycled content".
* Post-consumer recycled content reported for North America and Europe only.

Virgin Fiber
FSC Mix 8.3% 22.1% 31.6% 36.7% 44.0%
FSC Plantation N/A 15.8% 25.9% 30.0% 34.4%
FSC Controlled Wood N/A 26.9% 42.7% 36.4% 26.5%
Recycled Fiber
Recycled content 21.4% 21.5% 25.2% 26.0% 29.5%
Post-consumer recycled content 17.1% 17.8% 20.3% 22.5% 25.6%
N/A: Data not available
Data represents Kimberly-Clark and equity affiliates
"FSC Plantation" is a subset of "FSC Mix"
"Post-consumer recycled content" is a subset of "Recycled content"

Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) 95.1% 95.2% 98.3% 97.5%
Total Chlorine Free (TCF) 4.9% 4.8% 1.6% 2.5%

Project Management: - Globally our board of directors and senior management are accountable for ensuring good corporate governance. Kimberly-Clark's board of directors has 11 independent members, in accordance with the New York Stock Exchange listing standards. Our Chairman and CEO is the only board member not considered independent. Our Audit, Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Management Development and Compensation Committees consist entirely of independent board members.
The values of Kimberly-Clark are:
1. Authentic - The Kimberly-Clark heritage is one of honesty, integrity and courageously doing what's right.
2. Accountable - Everyone at Kimberly-Clark takes ownership for the business and its future.
3. Innovative - Kimberly-Clark is constantly looking for new ways to add value to our customers and consumers' lives.
4. Caring - Kimberly-Clark encourages a high level of respect and care, for each other and for the communities where we live and work.

Executive Leadership Team:-
Robbert Rietbroek Managing Director and CEO K-C Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands; Corporate Vice President K-C Corporation.
Tony MacMahon Finance Director

Anastasia Barlas Marketing Director
Crispin Powis Manufacturing Director
Vivienne Worden Supply Chain Director
Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie Associate Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
Elaine Pretorius General Counsel
Allison Salmon Human Resources Director

References: -

Product Life Cycle:-
The company remains firmly committed to sustainable forest management and the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified fiber. However, we acknowledge that global demand for the world's forest resources will increase, thus developing and using additional fiber options that can augment our current supply will improve our ability to meet and extend our commitments to responsible sourcing while simultaneously supporting our business goals around innovation, quality and costs.
As a very early step in a broader research initiative, Kimberly-Clark commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to help inform us of potential environmental benefits and/or impacts of using alternative natural fibers. In addition to the traditional impact areas studied in LCAs, the study provided supplemental analysis on issues such as scale of land use, impacts on biodiversity and biogenic carbon accounting.
The study was conducted in conformance with the international ISO 14044 standard and LCA best practices. To ensure a robust study, a critical review panel of independent experts was established from members of the following organizations
• Quantis, a leading LCA consulting firm;
• Canopy, an independent, environmental not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world's forests, species and climate; and
• The World Wildlife Fund, an environmental not-for-profit organization and the world's leading independent conservation body.

The external review panel provided both a validation on the sensibility of the approach, as well as recommendations for further steps and improvements.
The study pushes the boundaries of the leading thinking around responsible sourcing for tissue fibers. The research delves deep into certain issues like the uptake and release of carbon by biogenic sources, the implications of water use and the implications of crop yield on land use biodiversity that are not fully addressed in current LCA studies.
Key Findings
Bamboo appears to have less impact than NBSK on most indicators with a significant benefit in land use due to its rapid renewal rate (three years for regenerations) as opposed to 70 years for regeneration of northern softwood trees.
Directionally, the results for wheat straw, giant cane Arundo donax, and kenaf reveal areas of potential for higher environmental impacts relative to recycled paper. However, wheat straw benefits from being an agricultural remnant associated with wheat grain production and is comparable to recycled fiber depending on the allocation of inputs for the production of the original fiber (wheat grain or paper).
The LCA results are summarized in the attached figure and full results are presented in the appended report.

While coming to the strategies I would like to bring some of the proved data provided by the Kimberly-Clark.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today announced plans to increase its dividend in 2005 by 12.5 percent, to a quarterly dividend of 45 cents per share, subject to final board approval, and to repurchase at least $1.0 billion of its outstanding common stock in 2005. The company also confirmed previous guidance for earnings for the fourth quarter of this year in a range of 89 to 91 cents per share and reaffirmed expectations that Kimberly-Clark will deliver top- and bottom-line growth in 2005 in line with the long-term objectives set forth under the company's Global Business Plan.
The announcements were made at an Investor Day conference in New York City during which Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and CEO, and other members of Kimberly-Clark's senior leadership team met with investors and analysts to review the company's strategies for delivering growth, improving profitability and boosting returns. The executives detailed numerous product innovation and brand-building efforts, strategic shifts in capital allocation and research and development spending, and strategies to improve speed-to-market and to deliver cost savings on a sustainable basis.
Highlights included a review of current and upcoming product launches such as Huggies Bath & Body products, Scott Extra Soft bathroom tissue and Pull-Ups training pants with Wetness Liner; the announcement of a three-year cost savings target of $400-$500 million; discussion of a targeted growth strategy for developing and emerging markets with the focus on opportunities in six countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, Indonesia and Turkey; and the excellent prospects for growth of the company's Health Care business.
With 60,000 Kimberly-Clark employees squarely focused on our core health and hygiene businesses, this is an exciting moment in the company's proud history. We have the number one or number two market position in more than 80 countries, nearly a quarter of the world's population uses our products every day, and we're home to some of the most well-known and trusted global brands, such as Huggies and Kleenex. We have been executing our Global Business Plan well and generating record cash flow. With this as our very strong position today, accompanied by a deep commitment to innovation, brand-building and sustainable cost savings, we are poised to take Kimberly-Clark to the next level of growth and value creation for our shareholders.

New Products, Product Innovations and Line Extensions:- o Plans to further leverage the Company's proprietary UCTAD tissue technology with the first quarter 2005 introduction of Scott Extra Soft bathroom tissue in the U.S., fulfilling an unmet consumer need for a softer, more absorbent tissue in the value segment of the category. o The early January introduction of new training aids to its market-leading Pull-Ups training pants. The company will launch a new line extension, Pull-Ups training pants with Wetness Liner, and will add Learning Designs fading graphics to its existing training pants to provide parents and children with a choice of potty training aids. o The current launch of a full line of Huggies Bath & Body products, including the brand's new, proprietary liquid powder that goes on a baby's skin as a liquid and dries as a powder. Kimberly-Clark used its own skin health technology for the majority of the new product formulations, electing to partner with a third-party for the manufacture of several items to increase speed-to-market and reduce capital investment.
The brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. The distribution list is as follows:-
1) H.T. Berry is proud to be part of the Kimberly-Clark Professional Distributor Council. The Kimberly-Clark
Distributor Council was created to help advise Kimberly-Clark Professionals on key distributors, new ideas and concerns.
2) Newark element i4
2011 Kleenex Europe FSC-labeled products Kleenex, Scott, Wypall Europe EU Ecolabel Kimberly-Clark Professional products Kleenex UK Eco-form facial cleansing wipes Kleenex, Scott North America FSC-labeled and Eco-Logo-certified Kimberly-Clark Professional products Huggies North America Pure and Natural diapers Huggies North America Baby wipes Scott U.S. Scott Naturals bath tissue Kleenex U.S. FSC-certified tissue Neve Brazil NeveNaturali bath tissue
2012 Scott North America FSC-certified bath tissue and towels Huggies Latin America Diapers Neve Latin America Bath tissue
2013 Huggies Latin America Diapers Kleenex, Scott, Wypall Asia FSC-labeled products Viva Australia Towels with bamboo Andrex Eco Europe Bath tissue with bamboo Cottonelle, Viva North America FSC-labeled products Huggies North America Diapers Kleenex, Scott North America Wheat straw & bamboo Kimberly-Clark Professional products

4) Kimberly-Clark ultimately set plans to consolidate its distribution and co-packing operations into nine regional mega distribution centers. In the space of 18 months, the company purchased or leased eight new regional distribution centers in Chicago; Scranton, Penn.; Atlanta; Graniteville, SC; Dallas; Redlands, Calif.; Kansas City; and Toronto, and closed dozens of existing sites. (The ninth location will be in Seattle and is set to open by the end of 2009.)
5) this streamlined supply chain helped decrease the number of customer miles (miles driven from Kimberly-Clark distribution centers to customer locations) by approximately 2.8 million miles, equivalent to over 500 round trips between New York City and Los Angeles. As a result, Kimberly-Clark has been able to reduce the use of fuel by more than 470,000 gallons.…...

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