National Average Price for Regular Unleaded – Current: $2.205; Month Ago: $2.154; Year Ago: $2.556. National Average Price for Diesel – Current: $2.353; Month Ago: $2.335; Year Ago: $2.604.
American Dollar to Canadian Dollar = 0.775306; American Dollar to Chinese Yuan = 0.150191; American Dollar to Euro = 1.128783; American Dollar to Japanese Yen = 0.009957; American Dollar to Mexican Peso = 0.054359
West Texas Intermediate for October delivery was at $47.01 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 32 cents, at 10:09 a.m. in London. The contract rose 56 cents to $47.33 on Thursday. Total volume traded was about 68 percent below the 100-day average. Prices are down 3 percent this week, heading for their first weekly loss in a month. Brent for October settlement was 50 cents lower at $49.17 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The contract increased 62 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $49.67 on Thursday. Prices are down 3.4 percent this week. The global benchmark crude traded at a $2.15 premium to WTI.
Ted O’Connor has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mohawk Envelope and Converting. In this new role, Ted leads Mohawk’s sales and marketing efforts for envelopes, while working closely with manufacturing and supply chain teams to enhance Mohawk’s rapidly growing envelope and converting businesses. Previously, Ted served as Senior Vice President, Sales, responsible for sales of fine paper across North America. Melissa Stevens has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales for Premium Paper. In this new role, Melissa will leverage her expertise in sales process management to drive sales and business development efforts for Mohawk’s core premium paper business across North America. Previously, Melissa served as Vice President, Sales. Beth Reardon has been promoted to Sales Director, East, overseeing business development efforts and field sales activities in the Midwest, Mid Atlantic and Northeast Regions of the U.S. Nancy Dutch has been promoted to Sales Director, West, overseeing business development efforts and field sales activities in the West and South Central regions of the U.S. Becky Thomas has been promoted to National Accounts Manager, New England, overseeing business development efforts for Mohawk’s core paper, social stationery and packaging businesses.
Seeing is believing, touching is engaging, paper sends a message your hands can read even with your eyes shut…so starts the new Fresh Takes on Classic Type on CLASSIC® Papers (#typelove) promotion from Neenah. This big, bold, beautiful and playful new book is a book that designers will want to read with their eyes wide open. Designed by Kansas City and San Francisco-based Willoughby Design, Fresh Takes on Classic Type on CLASSIC Papers is a luxurious, oversized 9.5" x 12", French-fold book. Six highly tactile, visually fresh, and delightfully interactive spreads showcase six stories designed around a specific typeface and its creator. As the central focus of the book’s design, Willoughby selected various typefaces to represent the “new classics” of typographic design, thus showcasing contemporary type, and the versatility of the legendary Neenah CLASSIC Papers. click Read More below for more information
The transaction includes the newspaper and the monthly, which is published 10 times per year, and their related web properties. "TC Media is pleased to sell La Sentinelle and Le Jamésien to Ms. Desbiens who demonstrated an interest in becoming the owner of these publications which have earned respect in the region for the relevance of their content," said Jacques Blais, Vice President of Operations, Local Solutions, TC Media. "We are especially proud to pass the torch to an experienced manager who will continue to promote La Sentinelle and Le Jamésien to their loyal readers and advertisers." "Today I have achieved my dream of running my own business in acquiring two flagship Northern Quebec publications," added Karine Desbiens, new owner of La Sentinelle and Le Jamésien. "I believe in this region's potential and future. That is why I decided to be even more committed to the development of these newspapers. I am honoured to be able to continue their development together with my team."
The Garvey Group received an Award of Recognition for Large-Format Printing in this years print competition. The Premier Print Awards is the graphic arts industry’s largest and most prestigious worldwide printing competition, hosted by Printing Industries of America, which recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of outstanding print communications. The award-winning piece was a stunning in-store product display for Titleist golf balls.
This intriguing technology lets you call up information on your smartphone by touching an object with your finger, turning your body into a kind of capacitive power line network. Imagine simply touching a piece of paper, whether it be a business card or a label on an object, and relevant information almost instantly being displayed on your smartphone. That's Ericsson's Connected Paper tech, a working prototype of which I saw. And what's really cool about it? The information is literally flowing through your body. Connected Paper uses "capacitive coupling" technology, which transfers electrical signals through the human body, using the same principle as your phone's touchscreen responding to your finger's proximity rather than the physical pressure you exert. click Read More below to get to the rest of the story
For the Second Quarter: Net sales increased 21.9% to $1,069.2 million from $877.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015; Comparable sales (sales for stores open at least 14 months and e-commerce sales) increased 14.4% compared to an increase of 10.1% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. The 14.4% comparable sales increase was driven by 9.7% growth in transactions and 4.7% growth in average ticket; Retail comparable sales increased 12.6%, including salon comparable sales growth of 8.0%; Salon sales increased 14.3% to $59.0 million from $51.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015; E-commerce sales grew 54.9% to $55.9 million from $36.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, representing 180 basis points of the total company comparable sales increase of 14.4%; Gross profit increased 110 basis points to 36.0% from 34.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, due to improvements in merchandise margins and leverage in fixed store costs, partly offset by planned supply chain deleverage related to our new distribution centers; click Read More below for additional detail
Horrorville, the 12,000-run first issue of which hit the newsstands yesterday (25 August), joins Crime Scene and Comic Heroes as the third specialist quarterly title in Future’s film group. Future Film Group special editions editor Will Salmon said the idea for a magazine focusing on horror had been floating around, but it became his project when he took up the post last May to follow through with it. Salmon said: “There are already two or three horror magazines out there, but they can be quite hard to find on newsstands. We wanted to make one that was easily findable on the high street.