The UPM BioVerno renewable diesel project reached a significant goal when the product was launched onto the market at the beginning of May 2015. Finnish energy company St1 has been selling UPM BioVerno as part of their Diesel plus fuel at its filling stations in Finland for almost a year now. St1 confirms that an important share of its diesel customers use Diesel plus containing UPM BioVerno on a daily basis as there are over 100,000 Diesel plus refills in a day.
Danny Kennedy, managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund and co-founder of Sungevity, will explore the imminent explosive growth of solar when he headlines the April 6 "The California Renewables Rush" conference, hosted by Penton‘s The Energy Times. As an internationally recognized clean-technology entrepreneur and environmental activist, Kennedy will reflect on the journey to push our economy towards renewables and what it will mean for those involved in the transformation.
Here’s a powerful statement: companies who choose to send their creative teams to HOW Design Live have higher performing teams, greater client retention and stronger working relationships within their organizations. I hear comments like that from people who have personally attended HOW Design Live or have sent their teams to the conference. One creative director from a mid-size organization told me, “This conference is worth every penny in your staff development budget. It’s also a great time for your in-house team to develop together and grow stronger bonds.”
While poring over results from Salesforce's worldwide survey of 4,000-plus marketing leaders, Director of Product Marketing Meghann York was struck with a revelatory insight. “I thought we don't need to call out digital marketing anymore,” she says. “We're not thinking digital and traditional. We're looking at high-performing channels and then seeing how those channels are integrated.” Salesforce's “State of Marketing” report on the survey presents bold evidence that marketing is no longer about the methods, it's about the money. ROI lives up to the French translation of the acronym: It is king.
Multichannel Merchant today announced it has selected finalists for its annual Excellence in Customer Experience Awards. Data from eBay Enterprise + Innotrac’s SmartHub benchmarking study was used to identify the top performers in each of the award categories. The annual awards were established to recognize retailers at the cutting edge of delivery, packaging, returns, customer experience and innovation. “To their customers, these companies are superheroes, delivering a superior experience from the order to the return,” said Ellen Shannon, chief content director and publisher at Multichannel Merchant.
Oil futures rebounded from early losses on Thursday but the recovery was muted as the market's focus switched back to signs of growing oil stocks. Brent crude had gained ground by midday, on track for its strongest March since at least 2007. U.S. crude earlier in the day fell to a more than two-week low, but it was set for its biggest March rally in 14 years. Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading 45 cents higher at $39.71 a barrel at 1130 GMT. The front-month contract for U.S. crude futures CLc1 was flat at $38.32 a barrel, after dropping to $37.57, the lowest since March 16.
For the owners of big-city dailies like the Chicago Tribune and Denver Post, buying smaller publications and slashing costs has become a way to buy time while figuring out how to make more money online. That was the logic behind the recent failed attempt by Tribune Publishing Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, to buy two Southern California newspapers. Last year, the industry saw the most deals for the largest amount of money since the 2008 financial crisis, with 70 daily newspapers being sold for a combined $827 million, according to mergers-and-acquisitions adviser Dirks, Van Essen & Murray. Gannett Co. bought 15 dailies, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Tribune snapped up the San Diego Union-Tribune; and Warren Buffett's newspaper chain acquired the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a new partnership with renowned pastry chef-to-the-stars, Mich Turner, to feature her specially designed spring cookie at stores nationwide. Launching today, the beautifully decorated cookie is available in the Barnes & Noble Café for $2.95. “I’m so thrilled that Barnes & Noble will be offering my exclusive, limited-edition, hand-iced design cookie in all of its stores,” said Mich Turner, founder of Little Venice Cake Company. “I think customers across America will enjoy this delicious butter-based vanilla cookie, especially since each one is hand-finished by our skilled team of decorators.”
HarperCollins Publishers, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, today announced the acquisition of all languages, worldwide publishing rights for the adult tie-in books for Warner Bros. Pictures' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is slated for worldwide release in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX on November 18, 2016. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film script is written by J.K. Rowling, transporting the audience to the wizarding world of 1920s New York. Academy-Award®-winner Eddie Redmayne stars as wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander.
In the latest sign that print book sales are growing, Candlewick Press in Somerville, Mass., is readying a new imprint, Candlewick Studio, which will publish design-driven books with high production values. The inaugural list of four books will release this fall, and it includes Retro Photo: An Obsession by David Elwood (Fairie-ality), a photographic essay on vintage cameras and the kinds of photographs they take. Karen Lotz, president and publisher of Candlewick Press and managing director of the Walker Books Group, described the imprint as “an expression of our love for the printed book.” She added, “We hope that even from across a bookstore, Candlewick Studio titles will entice book-lovers of all ages to come closer.” Although the inaugural titles are all large-format books, she noted that the press has no plans to impose restrictions on trim size or a quota on the number of titles. “ ‘Just the right books’ will be our mantra,” she said. Lotz held out the possibility of Studio miniatures in the future. “It’s the unique and special presentation of the title that would make it a Studio book,” she added.