Walmart, Starbucks join global initiative for renewable energy

Nine large U.S. companies on Wednesday committed themselves to achieving a major sustainability goal — and three of them are retailers. Walmart, Starbucks and Nike are among the firms joining RE100, a global initiative led by The Climate Group to engage, support and showcase influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. Other firms joining the campaign include Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Steelcase, Voya Financial. The commitment to use 100% renewable energy is not a new one for Walmart.
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Flint Group Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report

“Sustainability continues to define the way we conduct our business and interact with customers, colleagues, shareholders, suppliers and the communities where we operate,” said Antoine Fady, CEO Flint Group. “Our sustainable vision, strategic objectives and core values underpinned by our Mission and Guiding Principles are closely integrated in all of our policies, procedures, processes and operations that continue to make us the company we are today. He continues, “At Flint Group we believe that applying this commitment and approach to sustainability is simply smart business practice – a fundamental driver to long-term shareholder value and the delivery of a vibrant, successful business. As companies along the packaging and graphic arts supply chains increasingly embed sustainable philosophies and practices into their businesses, they can rely on Flint Group to be a strong link in that sustainability chain.”
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Official Opening of Greenpac Containerboard Mill in Niagara Falls

Considered the most advanced facility of its kind in North America , Greenpac manufactures a lightweight linerboard, made with 100% recycled fibres, on a single machine having a trim of 328 inches (8.33 metres) with an annual production capacity of 540,000 short tons. Built and operated by Norampac, a division of Cascades, the Greenpac Mill employs 135 people. "The investment we are inaugurating today is the tangible result of the deployment of our strategic plan aiming to position Cascades as a leader in the packaging industry in terms of both productivity and profitability. Greenpac offers high-performance and innovative products that will enable us to better fulfill the needs of our customers, with one of the lowest costs in the industry," stated Mario Plourde , President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades.
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Oil market creeps higher after choppy week

Global oil prices held firm on Friday at the end of a volatile week that has been marked by jitters over Chinese demand and US supplies. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in November rose 33 cents to $45.24 a barrel compared with Thursday's close. Brent North Sea crude for November delivery added 12 cents to stand at $48.29 a barrel around midday in London.
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Staples Issues Statement Regarding European Commission Announcement of Phase II Review

"We continue to work cooperatively with the European Commission regarding the acquisition of Office Depot," said Ron Sargent, Chief Executive Officer, Staples, Inc. "The transaction would enable Staples to better serve customers around the world and to compete in a rapidly evolving global marketplace." Regulators in Australia, New Zealand and China have approved the transaction. Staples continues to work with regulatory authorities in the European Union, the United States and Canada.
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FedEx Increases Fuel Surcharges On All Products

On the heels of a fuel surcharge adjustment just this past February, FedEx is once again adjusting its fuel surcharge index nine months later. Effective Nov. 2, 2015, fuel surcharges for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will change resulting in Express/International increases of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, and Ground increases of .5 percent to 1 percent. These rate increases should impact all FedEx shippers unless a specific fuel surcharge table is part of their contract. The new FedEx fuel surcharge tables are available for viewing at http://www.fedex.com/us/services/fuelsurcharge-2015.html.
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American Consumers Take Sustainability to the Next Level

Today, SCA, the maker of the Tork brand of away-from-home hygiene products in North America, releases the results from its 7th Tork Green Business Survey. As a global pioneer working to make sustainability a more common practice in the marketplace, the Tork brand continues to offer its customers sustainable product solutions and greater visibility into consumer expectations through this annual assessment of consumers' green purchasing behaviors and motivations. This year, the survey found consumers are increasingly committed to purchasing products and services that have a less degrading impact on the environment and human health. With an improved economy and a reduced unemployment rate, more American consumers (78 percent) say they purchase sustainable products and services compared to 2014 findings (75 percent). SCA commissioned Harris Poll to field an online survey among over 2,000 U.S. adults (aged 18+) in April 2015.
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Atlantic Corp. Signs Agreement to Purchase CIMS of Dalton, GA

Atlantic Corporation (Atlantic Packaging) has announced an agreement to purchase Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems (CIMS) of Dalton, G.A. Atlantic and CIMS have been friendly competitors over the past two decades, with Atlantic serving businesses and manufacturers with packaging equipment sales, inventory management, and materials distribution out of their branch office in Atlanta. CIMS has established themselves as a leading packaging equipment manufacturer and films supplier to the carpet and carpet yarn industry in this area.
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