Amazon to Add yet Another Center to Sprawling Distribution Network

A few days after announcing a new fulfillment center in Edgerton, Kansas, Amazon.com is unveiling plans for another new center that will serve customers a little further west. Amazon plans to open a seventh California fulfillment center in San Bernardino, where the company launched its first Golden State fulfillment center in the state in 2012. The retailer currently employs more than 12,000 full-time hourly associates at its six existing California locations and says it will hire more than 1,000 full-time employees in the new San Bernardino facility. Employees at the 1.1 million-square-foot San Bernardino fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
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Macy’s Brass Sees Incentive Bonuses Cut to Zero After Weak Year

Macy’s Inc., the largest U.S. department-store company, cut its executives’ incentive bonuses to zero after missing revenue and expense targets in 2015. The board decided to award no bonuses after falling short of its sales, cash flow and earnings goals, Macy’s said Wednesday in a regulatory filing. Excluding changes in the value of his pension, Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren was paid $11.6 million in 2015, an 8.6 percent decrease from the $12.7 million he received in 2014.
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PRC Tells the Postal Service to Account for Decline in Flats Service

Directives issued to the Postal Service last year to improve service for flat mail instead resulted in a further declines in handling performance for flat mail, a classification that includes catalogs. That was one of the key findings of the PRC's Annual Compliance Determination (ACD), released yesterday. The mandated report analyzes USPS's ability meet financial and service targets specific operations in 2015. Covering the costs of delivering Standard Mail Flats has been a nagging problem for the Postal Service since 2009, when its coverage level slid to about 82% from 94% the previous year. Cost coverage held at about 83% in 2014, but slipped precipitously to 80% last year.
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Three in One Sweep: “Red Dot Design Award” for Heidelberg Innovations in Digital and Offset Printing

Customers' needs have always been the main concern of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The company will therefore be presenting the digital future of the print media industry – the networking of all processes for the benefit of the customer – at drupa 2016 under the motto "Simply Smart". The focus is also reflected in the new, fresh product design with its clear geometric shapes and ease of operation in support of the operator.
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HP Unveils Indigo 8000 Label Press, Upgrades for Cartons, Flexible Packaging

HP Inc. has announced the HP Indigo 8000 digital press, the industry’s most productive digital narrow web press,(1) offering end-to-end label production at double the speed previously available.(2) HP also announced upgrades for the HP Indigo 20000 and 30000 digital presses as well as new ink and substrate options, offering converters and brands unmatched application possibilities at faster speeds. “Leading brands are increasingly leveraging HP Indigo labels and packaging solutions to engage with consumers in targeted, meaningful and measurable ways,” relays Alon Bar Shany, general manager, Indigo division, HP. “With today’s announcement, converters are uniquely positioned to redefine labels and packaging standards with greater productivity, versatility and turnaround times for a wide range of applications.”
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Tours of Kennickell Group, DX Marketing Added to ‘The Epicomm Experience’ Conference in May

Epicomm, the Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment, and Marketing Services, will feature three exciting plant tours for attendees as part of The Epicomm Experience, Epicomm’s 2016 Annual Conference, May 16-18, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Ga. Two outings highlighting Savannah’s rich history will be part of the conference’s spouse/guest program. Conference attendees will enjoy a visit to both of the Kennickell Group’s printing and direct mail/fulfillment facilities, as well as the headquarters of DX Marketing, an integrated services communications company. Both companies are located in Savannah.
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Avery Unveils “Fool Your Friends” Templates

April Fools' Day is tomorrow! Unleash some mayhem with Avery’s mischievous label templates. There are four designs to choose from and each one can be printed out on your very own printer. Simply select one of the April Fools' Day designs below, double-click your preferred Avery Label paper, then print it out on your own color laser or inkjet printer. It's that easy! Click one of the links below to start your Avery April Fools' prank today!
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GP Honors Teacher Heroes, Donates Classroom Supplies

Did you know that many teachers spend upwards of $500 out of their own pockets to restock their classrooms with basic supplies throughout the year? Georgia-Pacific learned this through its partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) and recently organized events in local markets to honor “teacher heroes.” KINF is dedicated to providing children with school supplies, but it’s not just the kids that benefit. It’s the teachers, too. These events were hosted near our Port Hudson Mill in Louisiana, Camas Mill in Washington, and our headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Each school nominated a “teacher hero” and we honored them at a school assembly by donating supplies to the school in that teacher’s name. The donations included pencils, erasers, pencil pouches and over 5,000 reams of copy paper.
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POP Display Snags Sales for Mini-Popcorn

When brother-sister team Jeff and Jen Martin founded their company in 2012, they had no idea they were about to embark on a wild success story with Pipcorn, their innovative mini-popcorn product. Not only is the product unique in terms of its small size—the popped morsels are about half as large as traditional popcorn—but it is also all-natural, gluten-free, whole grain, and vegan. However, despite the fact that the product hit on all the right consumer trends, it’s no easy feat for a newcomer to break into the crowded snack space. Pipcorn’s first break came in 2013, when Jeff and Jen were offered the opportunity to feature Pipcorn at the Smorgasburg Snack Bar in Whole Foods Market’s Bowery location in New York City. To maximize the opportunity, they realized it would be best to “make their own shelf space”—to get their bags into boxes that could be displayed on the floor, rather than on the shelf. With no immediate solution at hand, the Whole Foods offer was an ideal opportunity with a less-than-ideal expense and time crunch.
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Busting More Myths about Print and Paper

Two Sides, a global initiative by companies from the Graphic Communications Industry including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, finishing, publishing, printing, envelopes and postal operators, recently released a new upbeat animated video that busts more myths about print and paper. It’s packed with great facts you don’t want to miss.
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