More than 70 handed lay-off notices at Crofton mill (ladysmithchronicle.com)

Travis Gregson, president of Unifor Local 1132 which represents about 85 of the approximately 570 employees at the mill, said the mill’s newsprint and package grading machines were shut down on Wednesday night impacting many of his members. He said the union and the workers were given notice of the lay-offs nine days before the shutdown. Company officials have no comment at this time. Gregson said the work curtailment is expected to last about two weeks, but management set no hard date for when the machines will start up again, and workers have received no notification from the company as to when they will be returning to work.
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Sappi North America Awards 2019 Ideas that Matter Grants

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today announced the 2019 recipients of its annual Ideas that Matter grant program. Celebrating its 20th year, the program provides funding to support the production and distribution of social impact print projects with integrated campaigns. For two decades, Sappi has championed the work of social impact designers through its Ideas that Matter grant program, the cornerstone of its corporate social responsibility platform. The company has made global contributions totaling more than $13 million to fund more than 500 projects since the program was created. This year's recipients demonstrate how print, combined with online and in-person activities, can play an important role in solving social issues. The winning grants include a wide range of innovative solutions that will: click read more below
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The ‘Why?’ Behind PRINTING United

You’ve heard about PRINTING United, the all-segment show coming up in October, but do you know what’s behind it? That is, what’s this convergence about and why should you — owners, managers, and sales people — care? Mark Subers has more energy than a case of Red Bull, but his enthusiasm for PRINTING United could barely be contained by Bill Farquharson and Kelly Mallozzi in this week’s Short Attention Span Sales podcast episode. Buckle up and give it a listen! https://billfarquharson.com/the-why-behind-printing-united/
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‘Rachael Ray Every Day’ To Become Newsstand-Only Quarterly (mediapost.com)

Meredith Corp.’s Magazines division is taking its cooking and lifestyle magazine Rachael Ray Every Day from a 10-time-a-year publication to a consumer-driven newsstand-only quarterly magazine, the company announced today. Rachael Ray Every Day’s final issue at its current frequency will publish in December. The new quarterly issue appears on newsstands in January. The title, launched in 2005, reports a circulation of approximately 1.7 million. Lauran Iannotti will stay on as EIC and Karla Partilla continues in her role as publisher. Iannotti has worked closely with Ray through the years. In October, Ray will publish a new cookbook called “Rachael Ray 50,” edited by Iannotti.
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8 Questions Brands Need to Ask When Launching a Catalog Program

We challenged Jake Hoffman, Arandell’s Director of Data Solutions, to synthesize down the key questions he asks when launching a new catalog program. He believes that the following 8 questions are critical for brands that are considering catalogs for the first time. 1) What goal(s) am I hoping to accomplish by launching a catalog program? On the surface this seems like a silly question but there are a lot of different directions you can go when creating a catalog. 2) What are the clearly defined metrics I’m going to use to determine catalog success? “I want it to have a good response”. *cue forehead slap* This is the answer I often get to the question above…can you see why this is a bit of a problem? 3) What is the marketing budget? If this is your first catalog program, buckle up because you may be in for a bit of sticker shock. Are catalogs expensive? click read more below for the rest
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Oil prices fall as China’s economic outlook still weak (cnbc.com)

Oil prices slipped on Monday as China’s economic outlook remained weak even as manufacturing data improved as an ongoing trade war with the United States weighs on demand growth at the world’s largest crude importer. The PMI data “remained in the contractionary territory for the 5th month in a row, indicating that economic fundamentals were still weak,” Citi analysts said in a note.
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Direct Mail’s Moment Continues, This Time In The Cruise Industry

At this summer's Sales Gala, Crystal Cruises unveiled their growth strategy for the coming year. With an updated tagline, "Where luxury is personal", Crystal Cruises is targeting affluent, mature travelers. Kari Tarnowski, VP of Marketing, shared data that showed customers responded more favorably to direct mail – so the company has altered its marketing approach to ongoing direct mail campaigns throughout the year. This news comes as no surprise as Crystal Cruises joins an expanding group of brands that are seeing firsthand how direct mail drives revenue. Competiscan research reported that the cruise industry has seen a 10% increase in year-over-year direct mail volume (Q3 2017 v Q3 2018) and inline with the targeting efforts of Crystal Cruises, 56% of outreach observed was to panelists 60 years and older.
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Gap Inc. Ramps Up Renewable Energy

At Gap Inc., we’re on track to achieve 100% renewable energy across our globally owned and operated facilities by 2030. Check out this snapshot of how we’re putting into action our commitment to protecting the environment for the safety and wellbeing of families and communities for future generations. For even more, read our just-released 2018 Global Sustainability report. For details go to: https://www.gapincsustainability.com/sites/default/files/Gap%20Inc%20Report%202018.pdf
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Huhtamaki to expand to flexible packaging manufacturing in South Africa

Huhtamaki has entered into an agreement to acquire the majority of Everest Flexibles (Pty) Limited (“Everest”), a privately-owned flexible packaging manufacturer in South Africa. With the acquisition Huhtamaki will expand its flexible packaging manufacturing footprint into South Africa, thereby further strengthening its emerging market position. The product range and customer portfolio of Everest are complementary to those of Huhtamaki. "With Everest we will be able to serve our current and new customers in South Africa and the surrounding region even better, offering them a full range of flexible packaging solutions with faster lead times," says Olli Koponen Executive Vice President, Flexible Packaging. "We will have two flexible packaging manufacturing units in Africa, Everest and the recently opened facility in Egypt. With these two sites we will be in an excellent position to tap into the growth opportunities of this exciting region," he continues.
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Marketplace facilitator laws take effect in California, Texas and nine other states on Oct. 1 (digitalcommerce360.com)

In addition to the start of the crucial fourth quarter, Tuesday, Oct. 1 is also the day that marketplace facilitator laws take effect in 11 states that represent 33.1% of the U.S. population. Those states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. That will mean marketplace facilitator laws, which require online marketplaces such as those operated by Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc. to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of sellers, will be in effect in 36 states. Two other states, Hawaii and Illinois, will have their marketplace facilitator laws take effect on Jan. 1. Marketplace facilitator laws are one way that states have responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2018 ruling in the South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. case.
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