xpedx Enters Canada; Company is One of Largest U.S. Distributors and Top Supplier to Printers



    
    Highlights:

    -- New xpedx Canadian national headquarters, 150,000 square foot
    distribution facility, and two new paper and graphics stores to open
August
    2007 in Toronto.

    -- Additional xpedx locations serving printers in Toronto and across
Canada
    expected in 2008.

    -- Company also to enter Canada markets for packaging and janitorial-
    sanitary supplies and equipment in 2008.
    

    TORONTO and LOVELAND, Ohio, June 25 /CNW/ -- xpedx, a supplier to the
majority of U.S. commercial printers, today announced the start of operations
in Canada this August with a new Canadian national headquarters, a 150,000
square foot distribution center and two new xpedx Paper & Graphics stores
serving the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding cities.
    
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    Company officials said they expected to open additional facilities across
Canada starting in 2008, including a third store in the metro Toronto area.
The company also plans to begin marketing and distributing packaging and
janitorial-sanitary supplies and equipment in Canada in 2008.
    xpedx, a business of International Paper (NYSE:   IP), is one of the
largest business-to-business distribution companies in the U.S. with more than
C$7.2 billion (US$6.8 billion) in 2006 revenues.  xpedx Canada, Inc. is a
newly formed Canadian federal corporation and a subsidiary of International
Paper.
    The new combined headquarters, distribution center and one of the two
xpedx Paper & Graphics stores are located in Brampton, Ontario, northwest of
downtown Toronto.  xpedx said its second area store, a 10,000-square foot
standalone facility, will open in Markham, Ontario.  The third xpedx Paper &
Graphics store slated for 2008 will locate west of Toronto.
    xpedx distributes a wide range of paper and graphics, packaging and
janitorial-sanitary supplies and equipment from many manufacturers worldwide
to printers and publishers, manufacturers, retailers and many other customers.
xpedx is the largest supplier of environmentally responsible printing papers
in North America, including third-party certified papers, recycled papers and
papers with post-consumer waste content.
    Printers will gain new supply source for paper, graphics products- and
new
    ways to reduce total procurement costs

    The Greater Toronto Area is North America's fourth largest printing
market and largest metropolitan region in Canada.  A growing number of
printers in Toronto and across North America are looking to consolidate their
consumables purchases among fewer core suppliers to reduce total costs,
improve efficiencies and increase profitability.  Having access to a new,
full-line supplier gives printers additional choice in determining which
vendors offer them the best long-term value propositions.
    The xpedx entry into Toronto will increase supply and service options to
the 2,500 commercial and in-plant printers from Kitchener-Waterloo, through
the Toronto metro area and east to Markham and Pickering, Ontario.  xpedx will
also serve its U.S. customers doing business in Canada as well as customers of
its global alliance partner, Antalis, a large supplier of paper and packaging
supplies based in Paris.
    "Large, mid-size and small printers in Toronto tell us they can benefit
from a new supply source of printing papers and graphics products," said Art
Douville, executive vice president of xpedx.  "We bring printers deep
inventories of branded papers, competitive pricing, rapid delivery and local
sales and customer service personnel who are experts in paper and printing."
    "xpedx specializes in working with printers of all sizes to improve
inventory management and gain efficiencies in the pressroom to increase
productivity and profitability," Douville added.  "We can offer printers
comprehensive online business support that greatly simplifies purchasing,
provides unmatched, real-time visibility on their total spend, and eliminates
unnecessary costs."

    xpedx has an extensive e-commerce system via xpedx.com and xpedx.ca.

    Details on the new xpedx Toronto center and two area stores

    xpedx Canada headquarters, which includes the large Class A
logistics/distribution center, offices and one of the xpedx Paper & Graphics
stores, is located at 156 Parkshore Drive, Brampton, Ontario, near the
intersection of Highway 427 and 407, just north of Toronto's Lester B. Pearson
International Airport.
    The new xpedx center will be staffed by paper and graphics professionals
who know the Toronto print market and understand the needs of the region's
printing customers.
    The Brampton facility offers quick access to printers, manufacturers and
other companies throughout the Greater Toronto Area, plus area cities
including Hamilton, Niagara, Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo.  xpedx also has a
major presence on the U.S. side of the border, with significant operations in
the nearby cities of Detroit, MI, Erie, PA, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse,
NY.
    The two xpedx Paper & Graphics stores in Brampton and Markham will serve
the estimated 1,200 small and quick printers in the metro Toronto area, as
well other printers and businesses that want paper and graphics supplies on
demand.  xpedx has a growing network of 135 paper and graphics stores across
North America.

    Largest offering of environmentally responsible printing papers

    In Toronto, xpedx will offer extensive inventories of coated and uncoated
papers from many major paper manufacturers worldwide.  It will also offer
papers from its private label brands including Vector and the xpedx House
Collection.
    Because it represents the majority of top papermakers in North America,
Europe and Asia, xpedx offers the largest selection of printing papers as well
as the largest selection of papers with recycled content, post-consumer waste
content and top third-party certifications.  xpedx in 2006 became the first
U.S. paper distributor to receive both Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certifications.  xpedx
has applied for FSC certification in Canada and will pursue additional third-
party certifications that are meaningful to printers and print buyers in this
market.

    Details about xpedx and its businesses

    xpedx is the world's largest distributor of printing papers and graphic
supplies and equipment by revenue and volume.  It is a fast-growing provider
of packaging and janitorial-sanitary supplies and equipment and has a third-
party logistics business serving large and mid-size retailers and
manufacturers worldwide.  xpedx customers include commercial printers,
publishers, manufacturers, retailers, facility managers and companies across
many industry segments.
    The company is based in Loveland, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati,
operates 250 locations across North America and has more than 7,000 employees.
International Paper is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employs approximately
54,000 people in more than 20 countries, and serves customers worldwide.
International Paper's 2006 sales were about US$22 billion (C$23.5 billion).
    In addition to printing papers, xpedx provides graphics professionals
with advanced digital prepress equipment, hardware and graphics software,
Ryobi presses and digital workflows, color management tools, finishing,
bindery and packaging systems.  xpedx also offers detailed operations
analysis, advice and financing to help make a customer's printing operations
more efficient and profitable.
    Other xpedx owned-and-operated businesses include New York-based
publishing papers supplier Bulkley Dunton; Lenexa, KS-based xpedx Printing
Technologies/Ryobi; Loveland, OH-based Saalfeld Redistribution; the xpedx
National Technology Center (NTC), a pre-press laboratory and demonstration
center based in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio, as well as a network of 135
paper stores in 33 states and Canada that operate under the names xpedx Paper
& Graphics, xpedx Paper Store, If It's Paper and Arvey Paper & Office
Products.  In Mexico, xpedx owns and operates 20 distribution centers and
stores.
    xpedx e-Business operations recorded more than C$1.3 billion (US$1.2
billion) in 2006 sales worldwide.  xpedx e-Business includes one of the
largest business-to-business e-commerce sites in North America,
http://www.xpedx.com, as well as suiteshoponline.com for graphics
professionals.  Information about xpedx stores is at www.xpedxstores.com.
    In Canada, the company is online at http://www.xpedx.ca.  Individuals
interested in employment opportunities with xpedx in Canada should inquire at
infocanada</B>xpedx.ca or call (416) 294-2146 for further information.

    
    Forward-Looking Statements:
    
    This release contains forward-looking statements. These statements
reflect management's current views and are subject to risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or
implied in these statements. Factors which could cause actual results to
differ, including a change in the timing of opening facilities and entering
new markets, relate to: (i) industry conditions; (ii) market and economic
factors, including changes in international conditions; and (iii) results of
legal proceedings and compliance costs. We undertake no obligation to publicly
update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise. These and other factors that could cause or
contribute to actual results differing materially from such forward looking
statements are discussed in greater detail in Securities and Exchange
Commission filings made by International Paper Company.





For further information:

For further information: Jeff Higgins, Director of Marketing Services, 
xpedx, +1-513-965-2938, or for Press/Analysts, Erik Godchaux, for xpedx, 
+1-608-256-4540

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