Walmart Removes Women’s Magazine from Checkout Lines

A discount giant is closing the book on a women’s magazine — at least, across its checkout displays. Walmart is removing Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout lines across more than 5,000 stores. The retailer’s decision is in response to a campaign against sexual violence spearheaded by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. While the women’s magazine will no longer be available in checkout lanes, Walmart will continue selling the publication in its magazine section.
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PRINT United Focus Group: Printing Industry Realizes Alignment, Growth

In October 2019, PRINT United will break down the obstructive silos that have been established and will align all segments of printing technology under one roof with the goal of providing significantly increased ROI for exhibitors and attendees. This three-day event will take place in Dallas. In order to solicit feedback and make the exhibitors an integral part of the decision making around PRINT United, partners SGIA and NAPCO Media recently held an Exhibitor Focus Group in Dallas. The key takeaways center around the prospect of convergence, new opportunities, increased ROI and unity in the printing industry.
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Sappi’s Daniel Dejan to receive Industry Influencer Award April 10

Daniel Dejan, Print & Creative Manager at Sappi North America, will receive PINE’s highest honor, the Industry Influencer Award, at the association’s annual Industry Awards Gala, on Tuesday, April 10 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA. The Industry Influencer Award, sponsored by Heidelberg since 2003, honors the contributions of an individual whose vision and energy have impacted our industry in a profound and indelible way. It recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit and foresight to create new business models, develop market-shifting technologies and improve our industry in a permanent and sustained manner.
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Paper or Digital Bills and Statements: What Do U.S. Consumers Prefer?

Companies and organizations continue to promote the switch from print to digital forms of communication but is this cost-cutting in the best interests of the customer? Based on a June 2017 U.S. survey¹, 90% of respondents felt they should have the right to choose how they receive communications (printed or electronic) from financial organizations and service providers, and 83% thought consumers should not be charged more for choosing a paper bill or statement. However, corporations are increasingly charging their customers for paper statements.
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PCA Celebrates Groundbreaking for its New Box Plant

PCA recently celebrated the start of construction of its new full-line corrugated plant in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Attendees at the official groundbreaking included PCA management; the mayor of Marshfield and other city officials; the builders of the new facility; and employees from the nearby Colby plant, who were transported on coach buses to Marshfield for the event. PCA Executive Vice President Tom Hassfurther addressed the audience and participated with others in a ceremonial groundbreaking. The event also included lunch served inside a warming tent.
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Treating Packaging like Dogs’ Best Friend

For those of us who love our dogs and treat them like children, it’s rewarding to buy treats to help keep them healthy and happy—a purchase made especially easy when the treat packaging delivers shelf appeal as enticing as Blue Dog Bakery’s new treats. Packaged Facts’ “Pet Treats and Chews in the U.S., 2nd Edition” estimates that sales of pet treats and chews reached $6.4 billion in 2017. “Pet marketers looking to tap into ‘pet parenting’ dollars are on fertile ground when it comes to dog and cat treats and chews,” says Packaged Facts, “with treat time serving an important role in the human/animal bond.”
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Report: Contract Packaging Industry Worth $25.67 Billion and Growing

The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) has released its State of the Industry Report, a comprehensive benchmark study that provides valuable insights for anyone involved in the industry. The report combines 100-question interviews with more than 120 CEOs and senior industry executives with primary and secondary research, making it a valuable planning tool for anyone connected to the industry.
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Kruger Specialty Papers Joins the SPC

Kruger Specialty Papers is proud to announce that it has joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), a membership-based collaborative that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. Kruger Specialty Papers shares the SPC’s vision of a world where all packaging is manufactured responsibly using processes that minimize environmental impacts.
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2018 SFI Annual Conference

When it comes to providing supply chain assurances, producing conservation outcomes, and supporting education and community engagement - Forests are the Answer. The 2018 SFI Annual Conference will explore this theme and engage you in a discussion focused on why Forests are the Answer to so many of the most important sustainability challenges we face in the sector and in our communities. The SFI Annual Conference brings together thought leaders and influencers: forest sector representatives, conservation and community partners, and Indigenous leaders as well as some of the most engaged forest product customers in North America. This year's conference will discuss topics relevant to national and international initiatives across the forest sector. Come to the 2018 SFI Annual Conference to learn more and engage with the SFI community.
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