Jim Fetherston Named President of Book Manufacturers’ Institute

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) held its Annual Conference Nov. 5-7, 2017 at Turnberry Isle in Florida. The Annual Conference - attended by a number of book manufacturing companies as well as suppliers to the industry -- is the flagship event of the association where members go to learn and network. The Annual Conference is also where new board members are voted into the leadership of the association. At the event, Kent Larson of Bridgeport National Bindery, finished his two-year term as president of the BMI. Taking over for Larson is Jim Fetherston, who is President and CEO of Worzalla in Stevens Point, Wis. Not only is BMI seeing a change in its volunteer leadership, the association is also experiencing a change in its staff leadership. Dan Bach, a longtime industry veteran, has led the BMI as executive VP since 2009. Bach announced his retirement earlier in 2017 and the BMI set out to find his replacement. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Shutterfly and David’s Bridal Announce Expanded Marketing Partnership

Shutterfly, Inc. and David's Bridal formally announced an expanded partnership. The new collaboration builds off an already successful standing relationship, and makes Shutterfly the exclusively endorsed personalized wedding invitation and personalized photo product partner to David's Bridal. The deal gives Shutterfly direct access to the largest concentration of brides in the US through the David's Bridal website, dedicated emails, direct marketing communications and over 315 retail locations. In addition, brides will be able to choose from a new assortment of expertly curated wedding invitations and day-of stationery designed by David's Bridal beginning in early 2018. The collection will be available through the newly launched Wedding Shop by Shutterfly, and it will provide customers the unique ability to match their stationery "look and feel" with the corresponding David's Bridal color palette they select. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Rayonier Advanced Materials Completes Acquisition of Tembec

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tembec Inc., combining two complementary high purity cellulose businesses and diversifying its product offerings with integrated forest products, paper, paperboard and newsprint businesses. The combined company, which will operate under the name Rayonier Advanced Materials, will be a stronger, more diversified global leader in its core businesses with an expanded international footprint that further positions it to serve the larger customer base with the highest quality products and services. In addition, the combined company offers enhanced new product development capabilities, a broader and more versatile asset base, and the financial strength to invest back into its businesses for continued growth. “This acquisition advances our strategic growth objectives and provides an accretive and attractive value proposition for our shareholders by more than doubling our revenues, diversifying our product offering in high purity cellulose and allowing us to expand into new adjacent businesses,” said Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rayonier Advanced Materials. “Rayonier Advanced Materials and Tembec are not only a good strategic fit, but we are also an excellent cultural fit. We are excited to welcome the Tembec employees to Rayonier Advanced Materials as we continue to execute on our four strategic pillars of growth.”
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URBN Reports Record Q3 Sales

Urban Outfitters, Inc. announced net income of $45 million and $107 million for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2017, respectively. Earnings per diluted share were $0.41 and $0.94 for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2017, respectively. Total Company net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 3.5% over the same quarter last year to a record $893 million. Comparable Retail segment net sales, which include the comparable direct-to-consumer channel, increased 1%. Excluding the estimated impact of the North American hurricanes in the quarter, comparable Retail segment net sales increased 2%, and by brand, comparable Retail segment net sales increased 5% at Free People, 2% at the Anthropologie Group and 1% at Urban Outfitters. Comparable Retail segment sales were driven by strong, double-digit growth in the direct-to-consumer channel, partially offset by negative retail store sales. Wholesale segment net sales increased 8.7%. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Glatfelter Announces Price Increase on Tag/Index Products in the US Market

Glatfelter is announcing a price increase for the listed grades and product lines sold in our United States market. The increase will be effective with shipments on or after January 1, 2018. The increase will be $2/cwt for the following items: Sealer Envelope Worthington Index; Tiffin Tag (White & Manila) Index Card; Shawnee Vellum Bristol. The increase will be $3/cwt for the following items: Tiffin Tag (Colors) File Folder. All current standard differentials and upcharges remain in effect.
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Sappi North America Price Increase on Packaging/Specialty Products

Sappi North America announces a US$3.00 per CWT transactional price increase on new and unconfirmed orders that book with confirmed delivery dates on or after Monday, January 1, 2018 on the following packaging and specialty products: • Fusion Topliner • Parade Prima • Algro Design • Algro Finess • Algro Fin • Algro Teepack • Algro Kraft Y • Algro Sol • Leine Kraft • Leine Mühle • Leine Silk. Standard differentials and upcharges apply. The price increase includes all basis weights and finishes.
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Chico’s FAS, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

For the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017, the Company reported net income of $16.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to net income of $23.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the thirteen weeks ended October 29, 2016. Results for the third quarter include the unfavorable impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (collectively, the "Hurricanes") of approximately $5.0 million after-tax, or $0.04 per diluted share. Results for the third quarter of 2016 include the unfavorable impact of restructuring and strategic charges and Boston Proper of $2.8 million after-tax, or $0.02 per diluted share. For the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017, the Company reported net income of $73.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, compared to net income of $77.7 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2016. Results for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 28, 2017 include the unfavorable impact of the Hurricanes of approximately $5.0 million after-tax, or $0.04 per diluted share. Results for the thirty-nine weeks ended October 29, 2016 include the unfavorable impact of restructuring and strategic charges and Boston Proper of $15.4 million after-tax, or $0.12 per diluted share. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Middle East tension may not mean what you think for crude oil

Ahead of next week's OPEC meeting in Vienna, strategists are closely watching swings in crude oil prices, which are faltering after weeks of gains. Despite political tensions involving oil superpower Saudi Arabia and OPEC's promises to cut production, crudeprices could come down by year-end, one strategist says. Here's why. • "Tensions in Saudi Arabia are still flaring following the actions by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman," Chantico Global CEO Gina Sanchez said Monday on CNBC's "Trading Nation," referring to a vast political shakeup in the kingdom earlier this month that initially boosted oil prices. • It is unlikely, however, that this will be an "actual geopolitical event," Sanchez said, and oil prices should continue settling. Click Read More below for additional information.
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Glenfiddich Turns to Metal as Single Malt Market Blooms

This impressive growth is being driven, in part, by a demand for premium products – a category in which single malt whisky, and Glenfiddich undoubtedly belongs. Premiumisation has led many global brands to leverage packaging as a truly unique, sophisticated finishing touch to complement their products. Metal packaging is an ideal option to achieve this goal, offering a great deal of design and decoration freedom to create flourishes and incorporate fine details that add an extra level of class. Glenfiddich partnered with Crown to create two limited edition gift tins for its 12- and 15-year-old single malt whiskies. The format was chosen for its premium feel, and superior sustainable credentials. The metal used to create the tins is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can go through the recycling process over and over again, with no loss of physical properties. Click Read More below for additional information.
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