Cool Designs of the Week

When it comes to print, animation and dimension are two things that don’t spring instantly to mind. Yet ever-evolving printing techniques and creative inspiration continue to inject both into today’s print design. This week, we watch the principles of typography invade the three-dimensional world, witness new covers for modern classics spring to life, and gaze in awe at a stunning New Year’s card that celebrates the printing press.
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Oil Prices Rise with Riskier Assets on Weak Dollar

Oil futures edged up on Wednesday to near $40 per barrel as a weaker dollar spurred interest in riskier assets and the International Energy Agency said expectations for a deluge of oil from Iran were misplaced. Brent futures LCOc1 climbed 46 cents to $39.60 a barrel as of 1000 GMT after settling down $1.13 in the previous session. U.S. crude CLc1 rose 61 cents to $38.89 a barrel after ending Tuesday down $1.11. The dollar index .DXY fell, after slipping to an eight-day low in the previous session on dovish comments by U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen about possible interest rate rises.
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UPS Breaks Ground On New Technology Center

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced construction of a new global technology development center in Parsippany, NJ. The facility will serve as a new location for software developers, designers and other technology professionals – previously based in Paramus, NJ – to collaborate and develop innovative technology solutions that serve our customers, improve operational efficiencies, drive growth and run UPS’s global network. UPSers at this new location are part of the company’s global team that conceived, designed and developed industry-leading technologies that UPS customers use every day like UPS My Choice®, UPS CampusShip®, UPS WorldShip®, UPS® Tracking and other visibility tools. This specific group also supported the development of UPS® Package Flow Technologies, the company’s suite of solutions that has streamlined UPS’s scanning, automated sorting, driver dispatching and load-assist processes throughout its integrated delivery network.
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HP Inc. Expands Commercial Printing Fleet with Eight New Indigo and PageWide Web Presses

HP Inc. today introduced five HP Indigo digital presses, three HP PageWide Web Presses, and innovative cross-platform enhancements in quality, productivity, versatility and color. Today’s announcement broadens print service providers’ (PSPs) possibilities for high-value commercial applications to help drive business growth. Representing the most significant HP Indigo Liquid Electrophotography (LEP) technology breakthroughs in 20 years, the new HP Indigo portfolio includes three sheet-fed presses, the HP Indigo 12000, 7900 and 5900 Digital Presses, the oversize B1-format duplex HP Indigo 50000 Digital Press, the HP Indigo WS6800p Digital Press for photo specialty applications as well as an improved HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, now equipped for commercial applications. The new and enhanced presses build on the proven success of the HP Indigo platforms announced at drupa 2012.
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Update on revision of FSC-STD-50-001 Requirements for Use of the FSC Trademarks by Certificate Holders

A comprehensive review of Motions 29 and 36 from the 2014 General Assembly, FSC Global Strategic Plan, and all stakeholder feedback was carried out by FSC and the technical working group during a meeting in February 2016. This review established that in order to adequately address the motions and balance the feedback from the consultation, we need to know more about both consumer understanding of the FSC labels and the potential impacts of these changes on certificate holders. Therefore, we need to take more time to further investigate these aspects. While this research is conducted, we will continue to move forward with improving and streamlining the other components of the standard. We intend to combine the results of our research with other revisions into a second draft of the standard. The second draft will be opened to public consultation by the end of 2016, with the aim to approve and publish the final standard in 2017.
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Martin Sheen and Bill Pullman Appear In Election-Themed Chrysler Ads

Martin Sheen and Bill Pullman reprise their roles as fictional U.S. Presidents in the new “Premium to the People” election-themed campaign from Chrysler created by Wieden & Kennedy Portland. Sheen returns as President Josiah Bartlett from the acclaimed series The West Wing, and Pullman played President Thomas J. Whitmore from Independence Day, a role he’ll also reprise in the film’s upcoming sequel.
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USPS’s Digital Mail Program Will Go Nationwide in 2017

Postal Service CMO Jim Cochrane is itching to deliver paper mail to email inboxes. "It's a game-changing moment," he says. Though the linchpin of USPS's digital strategy—Informed Delivery—is now but a 67,000-person beta test in New York and Virginia, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Jim Cochrane is confident he'll be able to meet his boss's 2017 deadline for a national roll-out of the service. In her keynote address at last week's National Postal Forum, Postmaster General Megan Brennan committed to the aggressive time table for Informed Delivery (ID), a free app that sends people visual notifications of what awaits them in their mailboxes each day. Letter mail sorters take pictures of each envelope running through them and Informed Delivery takes those, corrals them by address, and emails them to subscribers.
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EPA Recognizes Sears Holdings With 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year – Sustained Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Sears Holdings with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Sears Holdings' accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2016. "Sears Holdings truly values our partnership with ENERGY STAR and is honored to receive the Partner of the Year Award for the seventh consecutive year in Retail and fifth consecutive year in Energy Management," said Kristin Coleman, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Sears Holdings. "Our company remains committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and protect the environment."
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Walgreens Invites Americans to get Seriously Silly

Red Nose Day’s official retail partner makes more Red Noses available and expands Red Nose Day merchandise to help raise funds to fight kids’ poverty Championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens proudly returns as the exclusive retail partner of the second annual Red Nose Day, helping raise funds to fight kids’ poverty. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses - which people wear in support of the official Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 26 - returned to store shelves at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide this morning, officially kick starting the nine-week charitable campaign.
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Walmart Launches “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign

Today, Walmart launches its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative encouraging the public to join the fight against hunger. Working with five suppliers, representing some of the nation’s leading food companies – Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, the Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – Walmart is offering three easy ways to take action against hunger and help families in need through social, online and in-store participation. Walmart aims to donate up to $3 million to Feeding America based on the public’s participation in the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Combining Walmart’s donation with supplier donations through product purchases and customer donations at the register, the campaign has a goal of helping Feeding America secure 75 million meals on behalf of its member food banks.
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