RR Donnelley Recognized as Partner-Level Supplier in John Deere’s Achieving Excellence Program

R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier in the 2014 John Deere Achieving Excellence program. RR Donnelley was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing communication products and services of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. RR Donnelley provides prepress services, magazines, and catalogs to John Deere operations in the U.S., Australia and EMEA. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. Partner-level status is Deere's highest supplier rating and is awarded to suppliers who go beyond John Deere's performance standards, who achieve excellent service levels, and who have a measurable impact on customer satisfaction.
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Report: Malls Not Dead, Far From It

New data from two leading retail industry trade groups show that, once again, the demise of the nation’s malls is greatly exaggerated. Rents, occupancy and net operating income among the nation’s shopping centers reached record levels last year, according to a review of 2014 data by the International council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF). “The 2014 data paints a very strong picture of the shopping center industry for the year ahead, and is especially promising in the mall segment,” said ICSC spokesperson Jesse Tron. “Record growth in key indicators such as occupancy and NOI strongly indicate a healthy outlook and further underline the ability of the industry to innovate to fit the needs of today’s consumer.”
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5 Tips for Personal Branding

Marketing is not just for ad agencies and corporations. How effectively are you promoting yourself and your work? Just like businesses benefit from branding, so too can individuals. A consistent and compelling brand attracts clients; impresses supervisors and hiring managers; and leads to more assignments, responsibilities and job offers. But you have to pull everything together and package it well.
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Oil Holds Around $55 as Iran Nuclear Talks Drag On

Brent crude oil futures held around $55 a barrel as speculation continued over whether a preliminary deal over Iran's nuclear programme would be reached, opening the way for more Iranian crude to come into world markets. Talks between Iran and six world powers to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear programme extended beyond a Tuesday deadline in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Brent crude for May delivery LCOc1 was down 3 cents at $55.08 a barrel by 1026 GMT, after reaching a session low of $54.70. U.S. crude for May delivery CLc1 was trading 39 cents lower at $47.21 a barrel.
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Electric Vehicles Will Travel Much Further Than Drivers Expect, Study Finds

Electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed, according to the first study of its kind carried out by scientists at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Many drivers and much prior literature on the retirement of EV batteries have assumed that EV batteries will be retired after the battery has lost 20 percent of its energy storage or power delivery capability. This study shows that the daily travel needs of drivers continue to be met well beyond these levels of battery degradation. Samveg Saxena, who leads a vehicle powertrain research program at Berkeley Lab, analyzed real-world driving patterns and found that batteries that have lost 20 percent of their originally rated energy storage capacity can still meet the daily travel needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers.
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