On 1 February, Södra will launch a new package of forestry services. The new services will facilitate forest ownership and present opportunities to improve the profitability of members' forest estates. The new package includes a financial advisory service and improved digital services. The new package will be launched on 1 February and includes an advisory service to facilitate ownership transfers, as well as cash flow analysis and property valuation services. The forest estate agreement is a new service for forest owners who seek secure, profitable and professional management for their entire estate. "This is a comprehensive package of services, designed to meet the needs of Södra's members. The requirements of forest owners - as well as technological solutions - change over time, and these new services represent a major step forward toward a new and improved member offering. The aim is to make active and profitable forestry easier," says Håkan Larsson, President of the Södra Skog business area.
Full year 2015 compared with 2014 · Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 1.75 (1.17) and reported EUR 1.72 (0.96) · Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 1,163 million, 11.5% of sales (847 million, 8.6% of sales) · In 2015, UPM completed several growth projects: the speciality paper machine at UPM Changshu mill, expansion of the UPM Kymi pulp mill, Lappeenranta advanced biofuel refinery and UPM Raflatac expansions in Poland and APAC. New expansion projects began at the Kaukas pulp mill and Otepää plywood mill · UPM closed 800,000 tonnes of graphic paper production capacity in Europe in H1 2015
Bauer Media, Pacific Magazines and NewsLifeMedia unite to launch a campaign to promote the magazine medium and drive newsagency sales. The campaign, from The Magazine Publishers of Australia (MPA), is the first of its kind and will see three national newsagent promotions launch over a period of three months to drive newsagency sales for the most popular categories: weeklies, home and food. “This industry first campaign is an invaluable opportunity for newsagents to position themselves as the magazine outlet of choice for customers, and is part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening the competitiveness of this channel,” says MPA executive chairman, Mary Ann Azer.
The demand for envelopes looks bright, according to Scammell. “The markets are returning,” he said. Analysts are seeing some movement away from email and other electronic communications and back to actual physical mail that ends up in a targeted customer’s hands. “To some degree this whole advertising space has come full circle,” said Scammell. “The studies out there show a higher response rate, a higher return rate, and higher impact with a promotional piece of mail that people read that way as opposed to on a smartphone or computer screen.” This is a reversal of an almost decade-long trend, according to Scammell. Especially good for Mohawk is that these mailings often use specialized envelopes designed to attract attention. That includes custom-printed information such as return addresses as well as varying shapes and sizes and different positioning of windows.
Acting Chairman Taub pointed out a number of issues that have impeded the Postal Service’s efforts to stabilize its financial position. “The fundamental problem is that the Postal Service cannot currently generate sufficient funds to cover its mandated expenses and also invest in critically deferred capital needs,” he said. However, he also underscored that “there is still strength in the system,” and detailed the critical role that the 240-year-old Postal Service provides to the Nation. Some of the key points of the Commission’s testimony included: •Losses since 2007 have negatively impacted liquidity, and as a result impede the Postal Service’s ability to make critical capital investments in infrastructure •The Postal Service’s inability to make required payments to the retiree health benefit fund has skewed its liabilities in relation to its assets •The historic decline in total mail volume •The increase in revenue from Competitive products is insufficient to offset the future revenue loss from removal of a temporary surcharge
For the last few years, president and editor Dan Brogan and his team at 5280 magazine focused on building their social media following on Facebook, Twitter, and more recently, Instagram. Those efforts literally paid off last year after the Denver-based publishing company decided to produce and sell its first book. When 5280 The Cookbook went on sale in October 2014, the magazine had 95,000 Twitter followers and 45,000 Facebook fans. This large audience gave Brogan a strong social reach to incorporate into a multi-platform campaign that also included web banners, email marketing, and print ads in their magazines. The campaigns pushed people in two directions, either to the magazine’s online store to order the cookbook (where the margins are much higher) or to local retail outlets that sold it. Likewise, social media pushed consumers toward both sales channels.
Consumer magazines saw their total social media audience increase by over a third last year, adding around 220 million new likes and followers across major platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest, according to data provided by SocialFlow and cited by the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media. That’s a 38% increase over the beginning of the year. The fastest-growing social platform was Instagram, with a 189% increase in magazines’ followings over the course of the year. Separate data from Shareablee showed that consumer magazines also generate more social-media activity than any other medium. Last year, mags produced 9.5 billion total social actions, compared to TV, with 7.5 billion, and online-only media with 6.6 billion.
Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is marking an important milestone for New York Times Best Seller A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park – over one million copies sold. The book, which has been on the best seller list for more than a year, is based on the life of Salva Dut, one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, and brings authentic images of conflict, environmental challenges, and survival into focus for young readers. To celebrate the book’s impact, HMH will make a $15,000 donation to Salva Dut’s nonprofit organization, Water for South Sudan (WFSS), which will fund the drilling and installation of a new well in South Sudan. This source will provide fresh, accessible water to thousands of South Sudanese and allow hundreds of children (especially girls) to attend school regularly, rather than spending their days walking to and from the nearest well.
Chinese companies booked tankers to collect more West African crude in February than in any single month since at least 2011, data from the physical shipping market collated by Bloomberg show. It also increased its purchases of oil from producers in the North Sea and Russia. The voyages are all thousands of miles farther than the Middle East, which supplies most to the Asian country. “This surge in Chinese demand for crude goes against recent macroeconomic news coming out of the country but is very much in line with their past behaviour in low flat price environments,” Olivier Jakob, managing director of Petromatrix GmbH, said by phone. “Whenever there has been a strong retracement in prices China has loaded up their reserves.”
Quad/Graphics will be closing its 455,000-square-foot newspaper insert printing facility here by the end of February, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The move is expected to leave about 150 workers without jobs. According to Quad/Graphics Spokesperson Nicole Mosca, the decision to close was motivated in part by ongoing challenges in the economy that have negatively impacted retail advertising insert volumes and overall capacity in the printing industry.