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Retail Industry Discusses 2012 Sustainability Trends and Green Movements at Upcoming RILA Conference


August 2, 2012 - ATLANTA, GA

Jonathan North, General Manager of the business unit responsible for a sustainable shipping platform called the OptiLedge, owned by Inter IKEA Systems B.V., announces his attendance at the upcoming 2012 Retail Industry Leaders Association Sustainability Conference, September 19-21 in Phoenix, Ariz.

The annual conference's focal theme will be sustainability and, more specifically, the recent green movements related to the supply chain. This event gathers sustainability and compliance executives from every corner of retail and provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and learn from other industry professionals.

"This annual RILA conference has proven to be a fantastic forum for retail's sustainability stakeholders to gather and share thought provoking ideas and trends," said Jonathan North. "I'm sure this year's conference will be no exception. I'm expecting IKEA's recent announcement to remove wooden pallets from their supply chain to generate even more interest in the OptiLedge within other retailers' supply chains. The benefits of dramatically reduced labor costs, fuel consumption and the elimination of back haul are not exclusive to IKEA and are in fact consistent with many initiatives within these other supply chains."

IKEA's shift from wooden pallets to plastic loading ledges, known commercially as the OptiLedge, is an example of the shift toward sustainable and green practices within the supply chain. The change has significantly reduced negative environmental effects by decreasing labor, fuel and carbon emissions.

To get a complete list of speakers and program details, visit the RILA Sustainability Conference 2012 website.

About OptiLedge

Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner of the IKEA concept and the global IKEA franchisor. Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is also the owner of the intellectual property associated with the loading ledge concept, which is an integral part of IKEA's move away from wooden pallets. In non-IKEA supply chains, the loading ledge is, referred to as the OptiLedge, and is available through a number of licensees located in North America, Asia and Europe.

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