UPM Raflatac’s new conformable film combines the best features of PP and PE in a single material

UPM Raflatac is launching Raflex PRO, an advanced new flexible film offering high transparency for contoured and shaped containers. This versatile material joins the Raflex family of conformable films alongside Raflex MDO, a high-performance and eco-designed solution for squeezable containers that have previously been reliant on polyethylene (PE) labeling materials. Traditionally there have been two film labeling options: PE offering flexibility for squeezable bottles, and polypropylene (PP) providing transparency and gloss for rigid containers. While both films provide significant advantages over paper label faces, their very different properties often mean a compromise is needed. Raflex films have been developed to offer the benefits of both films in a single material, providing both flexibility and transparency for a variety of containers. click Read More below for additional detail
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Irving Paper disappointed with 7.99% duty on SC paper exports to US determined by Dept of Commerce

Irving Paper received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) of a preliminary determination of 7.99% duty on exports of SC paper to the United States. At this time we are awaiting receipt of the DOC’s report which details the reasons for this duty calculation. We are disappointed in the decision made by DOC. Although this is a significant improvement from the current rate of more than 18.85% we had expected our rate to be significantly lower than 7.99%. We will need to review Commerce’s written decision to understand the basis of the decision. This preliminary determination does not immediately change the current rate of 18.85% which Irving Paper is paying on shipments into the U.S. Between February and April of 2017 the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue the final rate.
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This retailer is donating 100% of its Black Friday sales to help the environment

Patagonia announced that its plans to donate 100% of its store and online sales on Black Friday, Nov. 25, to grassroots environmental organizations. "These are small groups, often underfunded and under the radar, who work on the front lines," Patagonia CEO and president Rose Marcario wrote in a post announcing the company’s plans. "The support we can give is more important now than ever." Patagonia is a longtime and ardent supporter of environmental causes and already helps fund grassroots environmental organizations by giving away 1% of its sales to such groups — an amount that totals $74 million to date. click Read More below for additional detail
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Barnes & Noble Reports Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Financial Results

Total sales for the second quarter were $858.5 million, declining 4.0% as compared to the prior year. Retail sales, which include Barnes & Noble stores and BN.com, declined 3.5% to $830.7 million for the quarter. Comparable store sales declined 3.2% on lower store traffic, which was partly offset by the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. NOOK® sales, which include digital content, devices and accessories, declined 19.4% to $35.0 million for the quarter. The consolidated second quarter net loss was $20.4 million, or $0.29 per share, as compared to the prior year loss from continuing operations of $27.2 million, or $0.36 per share. For the quarter, Retail and NOOK incurred operating losses of $21.1 million and $8.2 million, respectively, for a total operating loss of $29.3 million. click Read More below for additional detail
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U.S. Oil Trades Near $48 as OPEC Fails to Agree on Iraq and Iran

Oil traded near $48 a barrel in New York as OPEC members failed to agree on the role of Iraq and Iran in a supply deal just one week before the group’s official summit. WTI for January delivery traded at $47.97 a barrel, down 0.1 percent, on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 11:58 a.m. London time. Prices fell 21 cents to $48.03 on Tuesday. Total volume traded Wednesday was about 3 percent above the 100-day average. Brent for January settlement was unchanged at $49.12 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange, a $1.15 premium to WTI. The global benchmark crude advanced 0.5 percent on Tuesday. click Read More below for more of the story
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HP Inc. Reports Fiscal 2016 Full-Year and Fourth Quarter Results

•Fiscal 2016 GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.53, above the previously provided outlook of $1.46 to $1.49 per share •Fiscal 2016 non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $1.60, within the previously provided outlook of $1.59 to $1.62 per share •Fiscal 2016 net revenue of $48.2 billion, down 6% (down 2% in constant currency) from the prior-year period •Fiscal 2016 net cash provided by operating activities of $3.2 billion •Fiscal 2016 returned $2.0 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends. click Read More below for additional detail
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HPE Reports Fiscal 2016 Full-Year and Fourth Quarter Results

Fiscal 2016 results: Fiscal 2016 net revenue of $50.1 billion, down 4% from the prior-year period and up 2% when adjusted for divestitures and currency; Fiscal 2016 GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $1.82, below the previously provided outlook of $2.09 to $2.14; Fiscal 2016 non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $1.92, within the previously provided outlook of $1.90 to $1.95; Fiscal 2016 cash flow from operations of $5.0 billion, up 27% from adjusted cash flow from operations in the prior-year period; Returned $3.0 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends during fiscal 2016; Operating company net cash of $7.6 billion, a sequential improvement of $2.3 billion. click Read More below for additional detail
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Books For Print People: the Way Back And Forward

‘Tis the season to give a little, get a little and possibly even learn a little about the media profession and the world around you. In Part 1 of my roundup of books for print media professionals (Part II will be out next week), I get both high-minded and nostalgic. Two books stood out for me this season as especially germane to the print media brands. But at the same time, some exceptional revivals of historical magazine content serve as a reminder that book publishing has become one of the caretakers of the legacy of periodical brands. Here are some must-reads to give others—or gift yourself: click Read More below for more of the story
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UPS Catches Up With FedEx on Dimensional Weight Change

Two months after a similar move by FedEx, UPS has announced changes to its dimensional weight pricing schedule – with a twist. FedEx plans to decrease its DIM divisor from 166 to 139 as of Jan. 2, effectively increasing the shipping costs on millions of ecommerce parcels. UPS is also lowering its divisor to 139 as of Jan. 8, but is exempting, at least for now, domestic air and ground parcels that are less than one cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches). Effective Jan. 8, UPS will follow FedEx by assessing its additional handling charge on any package whose longest side exceeds 48 inches, down from the previous 60 inches. UPS is also increase the over-maximum package charge from $110 to $150; items shipped by UPS Freight will be exempt from the charge. click Read More below for additional detail
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Quad/Graphics Expands Custom 1:1 Direct Marketing Capabilities

Quad/Graphics announced that it has expanded its direct marketing personalization capabilities with the installation of a new Hewlett-Packard C800 four-color variable inkjet print module system in its Effingham, Ill., facility. With this technology, marketers now have even greater personalization options – including color images – to engage consumers in a variety of compelling direct mail formats. “The art and science of data-driven personalization has become a prerequisite for direct mail marketers,” said Tim Ohnmacht, Quad/Graphics President of Marketing Solutions. “The addition of this advanced four-color technology in our Effingham facility enables marketers to make print materials highly personal, while also increasing our capacity to take on increased volumes in this fast-growing segment of direct marketing.” click Read More below for additional detail
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