Continued gains from digital media -- and virtually unchanged results from national TV -- helped lift the U.S. ad market to a robust 7% hike in October. Digital media grew 11%, while national TV inched up 1% and radio rose a surprising 16%, Standard Media Index says. On the losing end, out-of-home was down 3%, magazines slid 19%, and newspapers gave up 3%. Click Read More below for additional information.
Kingery Printing, an Effingham, Ill.-based commercial printer that provides a full suite of prepress, sheetfed and web printing, binding, and distribution services, has announced the acquisition, effective December 1st, of Mattoon, Ill.-based United Graphics, a digital and offset printing company that specializes in the manufacturing of books, catalogs, guides and newsletters. Graphic Arts Advisors (GAA), Mountain Lakes, N.J., a strategic financial advisory and consulting firm devoted exclusively to all sectors of the graphic communications industry, represented Kingery Printing in the acquisition, with GAA Director John Hyde, Esq. serving as lead advisor on the purchase. Under the agreement, United Graphics and its Mattoon facility, will become part of the Kingery Printing organization, which, in addition to its Effingham headquarters and manufacturing facility, also includes a plant in Henry, Ill. John Wurtsbaugh, president of United Graphics, becomes COO of Kingery Printing, overseeing operations at all three facilities. Click Read More below for additional information.
Amazon Publishing has launched Amazon Original Stories, a new imprint that will release short fiction and nonfiction works that can be read in a single sitting. The essays and reported pieces, available in the Kindle Singles store, will be free to Prime and Kindle Unlimited members. The pieces will be $1.99 for all other customers. The imprint's first titles are The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates and Crown Heights by Colin Warner and Carl King. Forthcoming 2018 titles from the imprint include works by W. Kamau Bell, Jade Chang, Eddie Huang, Janice Y.K. Lee, Walter Kirn, Dean Koontz, Wednesday Martin, Nick McDonell, Harold Schechter, Dan Slater, Dodai Stewart, and Susan Straight. Click Read More below for additional information.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced that comparable store sales for the four weeks ended November 25, 2017 increased 3.1%. Total sales increased 1.9% to $280.6 million in the current year compared with $275.3 million in the prior year period. "We are very pleased with our November sales results and our strong start to the holiday season," said Bill Tracy, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "We were well positioned heading into Black Friday weekend, and our new merchandising and marketing initiatives continue to generate positive initial results. We experienced in-store traffic that was better than industry regional trends, particularly on Black Friday, and our investments in our online and mobile shopping experience are resonating with customers. We continue to execute with a sense of urgency and remain focused on a successful holiday season."
Do you wait to see which co-workers, family members or friends send you holiday greeting cards before sending your own? Do you feel guilty about sending cards after-the-fact or worse — late? Well, stop feeling guilty. Your procrastinating ends this holiday season. Thanks to the latest innovative feature now offered by the U.S. Postal Service, you can preview those greeting cards from co-workers, family members and friends before they are delivered to your mailbox. Be among the first in your neighborhood to mail out cards this holiday season — not the last. “Informed Delivery is the perfect solution for mailing greeting cards this holiday season ahead of time,” said Product Innovation Vice President Gary Reblin. “See what’s coming soon to your mailbox before it’s actually delivered and manage your packages, too. Conveniently posted on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.” Click Read More below for additional information.
An extensive range of self-adhesive materials in sheets and reels for multiple applications. With a new format and a clean, elegant graphic line, the latest Adestor? swatchbook is noteworthy for its functionality, including as a new feature at the end of each section an envelope for future product samples. The catalogue features all of Lecta's self-adhesive papers and films, including its most recent launches such as its new high-gloss, wet-strength Adestor Metal HG WS? metalized facestock and the new Adestor Matt Inkjet and Adestor Gloss Inkjet? facestocks, specially designed for water-based inkjet printing. From stickers to retail and signage applications to labels for specific sectors such as wine, logistics or home and personal care, an Adestor solution is available with permanent, repositionable and removable adhesives and filmic liners in addition to standard glassine and kraft liners. Click Read More below for additional information.
Total European shipments of Graphic Papers were down 4.2% in September vs. September 2016 and are down 0.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Newsprint were down 5.5% in September vs. September 2016 and are down 3.7% year-to-date. Total European shipments of SC-Magazine were down 11.1% in September vs. September 2016 and are flat year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Mechanical Reels were down 4.6% in September vs. September 2016 and are down 1.4% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Mechanical were UP 4.2% in September vs. September 2016 and are UP 2.3% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Woodfree were down 1.4% in September vs. September 2016 and are UP 1.3% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Woodfree were down 3.9% in September vs. September 2016 and are down 0.9% year-to-date. Click Read More below for additional information.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. announced that Personalization Universe®, a destination developed by the company featuring a curated assortment of distinctive customizable gifts and keepsakes, has joined its family of brands. This new brand offers shoppers a personalized option for their gifting needs and is part of the company's ongoing strategy to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all celebratory occasions. In addition to Personalization Universe, the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. portfolio of brands includes 1-800-Baskets.com®, Cheryl's® cookies, FruitBouquets.com, Harry & David®, Moose Munch® premium popcorn, Simply ChocolateSM, The Popcorn Factory®, and Wolferman's®. "We are pleased to add Personalization Universe to our growing family of gifting brands," said Chris McCann, Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. "We've been testing the personalized business for some time, while closely monitoring the retail environment and ultimately identifying a strong opportunity within the customized gifts space. What resulted was the creation of a dedicated destination for a carefully curated assortment of unique items that may be personalized, providing gift-givers with truly special ways to act on their thoughtfulness." Click Read More below for additional information.
Adobe released its 2017 online shopping data for Cyber Monday and the holiday weekend overall. Cyber Monday is projected to hit a new record as the largest online sales day in history with $6.59 billion by the end of the day. This marks a 16.8 percent year-over-year (YoY) increase as of 10:00 p.m. ET. In comparison, Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day brought in $5.03 billion and $2.87 billion in revenue respectively. Top sellers on Cyber Monday included the Nintendo Switch, PJ Masks and Hatchimals & Colleggtibles figurines, Apple AirPods, streaming devices like Google Chromecast and Roku, and Super Mario Odyssey, the video game. The holiday shopping season so far (November 1 to 27) drove a total of $50 billion in online revenue, a 16.8 percent increase. Adobe predicts this will be the first-ever holiday season to break $100 billion in online sales. Click Read More below for additional information.
Futures dropped as much as 1.2 percent in London, extending Monday’s decline. Uncertainty over the outcome of Thursday’s meeting is creating the risk of a slide in prices, which have gained on assumptions that the curbs will be prolonged for nine months, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. OPEC backs such an extension but is still waiting for commitments from Russia, according to people familiar with the matter. Crude surged earlier this month on signs the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners will prolong cuts aimed at shrinking a global glut. Prices, time spreads and hedge-fund positioning all reflect a high probability the group will follow a Saudi proposal to extend the pact to the end of 2018, Goldman said. Yet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said Tuesday that it’s too early to talk about the duration. Click Read More below for additional information.