Magazine Publishers Are Changing The Way They Work. But Will It Be Enough?

One truism of the media industry in 2016 is that there's seemingly no end to the restructurings and reorganizations that are swiftly remaking companies across the publishing landscape. That's particularly true for magazine companies, which are starting to acknowledge the reality that their competition now also includes digital-native companies and social giants like Facebook and Snapchat.
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First Look: Check out Walmart’s New BOPUS Machine

Walmart is testing new technology that could revolutionize the way customers pick up purchases they ordered online. The discounter has installed a giant machine in a store in Bentonville, Ark., close to its headquarters, that automatically distributes online orders to users of Walmart's buy-online-pickup-in-store service, reported Business Insider. The machine is located directly inside the store's entrance.
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UPS Expects Holiday Package Volume to Grow More Than 16%

Deliveries between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31 are projected to top 700 million, a 16.7% jump compared to about 600 million last year, UPS said. “The dramatic growth of online shopping and subsequent returns is expected to lift UPS package levels to a record high during this upcoming holiday period,” Kathleen Gutmann, senior vice president of worldwide sales and solutions, said Thursday during a call on UPS’s third quarter earnings. “Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve 2016, there are two additional operating days and we expect to complete over 700 million deliveries worldwide, about 100 million more than last year.”
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Sun Chemical’s Ralph Arcurio Honored with Inventor of the Year Award by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame

For the second straight year, a Sun Chemical employee has been recognized as the recipient of the Inventor of the Year Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. Ralph Arcurio, a technical manager for the Polymer Science Team at Sun Chemical, was this year’s recipient of the Inventor of the Year Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the W Hotel in Hoboken, N.J. on October 27th.
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Stora Enso Appoints New Head for Consumer Board Division

Stora Enso has appointed Annica Bresky as Executive Vice President, Consumer Board division and member of the Group Leadership Team. Annica Bresky is currently the President and CEO of Iggesund Paperboard AB, part of the Swedish Holmen Group. Previously she has worked as Mill Director at BillerudKorsnäs AB. She has also worked at Stora Enso’s Kvarnsveden Mill in 2001‒2010 holding engineering and superintendent positions.
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Crown Beverage Packaging Congratulates Craft Customers Honored at Great American Beer Festival

This fall, in its thirtieth year of operation, The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), held in Denver, CO, awarded 286 medals to 254 brewers chosen from 7,227 competition entries, the largest commercial beer competition in the world. CROWN Beverage Packaging North America, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com), was delighted to have 16 different craft brewer customers win a total of 23 GABF medals, including six gold medals.
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WestRock Wins Big at the 2016 Paperboard Packaging Council Awards

WestRock Company (WestRock) (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, brought home 12 awards from the prestigious 2016 Paperboard Packaging Council Awards competition Thursday night in San Antonio, Texas. Entries were judged by a panel of esteemed packaging experts from various disciplines throughout the industry. WestRock won two of the most coveted awards, the Eco Award and the Innovation Award. The company was also recognized with four Gold Awards and six Excellence Awards for products spanning the beverage and folding carton businesses.
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Speakers Announced for the Packaging Conference

Packaging innovation and differentiation continue to be the driving forces behind new product introductions. Those topics, as well as emerging equipment technologies and the environment, will be the focal points of The Packaging Conference 2017, February 6-8, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL. Discounted, early registration (by January 17th) is available.
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