National Average Price for Regular Unleaded – Current: $2.861; Month Ago: $2.831; Year Ago: $2.900. National Average Price for Diesel – Current: $3.098; Month Ago: $3.069; Year Ago: $3.156.
As you’ve no doubt heard, President Trump is threatening to increase tariffs on Chinese imports from 10% to 25%, which will significantly impact all sellers of such goods, particularly small companies with limited resources to mitigate the impact. The tariff would cover nearly 6,000 products and parts, such as furniture, apparel, electronics, leather goods, hardware, domestics, bicycles, and plenty other items. If the trade war continues, expect the product listing to expand further to cover virtually 100% of Made in China goods. Essentially, you have two options: Do nothing and pay the tariffs or file a duty exemption on your own, which without expert help to advise you is less likely to be approved. For ACMA members only, there is fortunately a third, far-more attractive option: Through a special arrangement, ACMA is now offering members (only) an exclusive subscription service to help provide assistance in preparing, supporting and filing duty exemption requests. Click "read more" below for additional information.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches Optilam™, a new breakthrough antistatic release material helping RFID prelaminated inlays manufacturers making their lamination process easier, more efficient, and improve the final quality of the inlay to better serve the RFID smart card market. Ahlstrom-Munksjö provides advanced fiber-based solutions with high degree of complexity and technical content that often perform important functions in the value chain or the product solution. The launch of Optilam™ well demonstrates how a smart and sustainable cellulose-based material provides added value for customers in the electronics industry by contributing to performance of the manufacturing process of the prelaminated inlay dedicated to RFID smart cards. Click "read more" below for additional information.
Xerox Iridesse® has won a top prize at the 2019 European Digital Press Association Awards, taking home the EDP Cut Sheet Printer Award for Innovation in Digital Production.The Iridesse is the only digital press that can print up to six colors in a single pass with precision and the ability to embellish with decorative metallic, clear and white inks. This provides more design opportunities for digital printers while making it easier for small-sized businesses to embrace special finishes on limited print runs. Selected for achieving a trifecta of industry achievement—cost, efficiency and quality—EDP honored the Xerox Iridesse during Europe’s largest specialty print exhibition, FESPA Global Print Expo, on Wednesday, May 15 in Munich. Click "read more" below for additional information.
◾ Revenues in Q1 2019 rise to €4.21 billion, highest first-quarter revenues since 2008 ◾ Organic growth improves to 3.5 percent ◾ High-growth businesses show organic revenue growth of 12.8 percent -- Bertelsmann has made a successful start to its current financial year: The international media, services and education company recorded improved organic growth and a significant increase in revenues in the first quarter of 2019. This positive development has been driven by the Group’s digital and high-growth businesses. Group revenues increased by 5.4 percent to €4.21 billion (prior-year quarter: €3.99 billion), the highest first-quarter revenues since 2008. Organic growth improved to 3.5 percent. Bertelsmann’s high-growth businesses performed particularly well, recording organic revenue growth of 12.8 percent. Their share of total revenue amounted to 34 percent. Click "read more" below for additional information.
In our ephemeral times, a printed magazine allows readers to slowly savour a world otherwise dedicated to speed. And despite reports about the demise of print, indie magazines focusing on niche topics are blooming. Passion. That’s what a great many niche magazines have in common. They’re independently led and have smaller print runs than huge fashion glossies like Vogue or business titles such as Forbes that are published by large international media conglomerates and boast print-runs and readerships in the millions. Yet while many big name titles are struggling owing to declining ad revenues and the rise of digital publishing, indies are thriving. Click "read more" below for additional information.
When produced where the environmental impact of producing electricity is low, and where the forest is sustainably managed, paper from fresh fibres has lower environmental impact than paper from recycled fibres. That’s the conclusion of a new life cycle study made by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute. The study uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, comparing 100% fresh fibre-based paper produced at Holmen Paper in Sweden with 100% recycled-based paper produced with German production conditions. The study shows that paper based on fresh fibre has a lower environmental impact than recycled paper, not least when it comes to emissions. The study was also subject to a third-party review. Click "read more" below for additional information.
UPS announced Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine has named the company to its “100 Best Corporate Citizens” annual listing for the tenth straight year. The distinction celebrates the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of Russell 1000 companies across the United States. It examines seven categories: climate change, environment, governance, employee relations, human rights, finance, and stakeholders and society.“It’s good to see our ongoing sustainability efforts to continue to be a good neighbor and to mitigate our environmental footprint are being recognized as evidenced by UPS moving up 27 spots on this listing year over year,” said Crystal Lassiter, senior director of global sustainability for UPS. “We’re proud to be honored by CR Magazine among so many other esteemed social responsibility leaders.” Click "read more" below for additional information.
Smurfit Kappa is making significant progress in its journey towards becoming a fully sustainable and circular business, according to its latest Sustainable Development Report (SDR) which was published today. The packaging leader reached a number of key milestones throughout 2018 including the launch of its Better Planet Packaging initiative which seeks to reduce packaging waste by creating more sustainable packaging solutions through design, innovation and recycling capabilities. The initiative sparked a huge amount of interest from customers keen to replace non-recyclable materials with paper-based packaging. Click "read more" below for additional information.
Sequana, the parent company of Arjowiggins and currently the majority shareholder in Antalis is to be liquidated, a court has ruled. The decision was announced yesterday by the Commercial Court of Nanterre. Sequana will be liquidated over a two-year period by a court-appointed liquidator, and the group will ask Euronext to continue the suspension of its share trading on the Paris Stock Exchange. The decision comes after a High Court ruling was upheld by the London Court of Appeal in February, ordering Sequana to pay a €163m (£143m) to British American Tobacco (BAT) in a protracted dispute over the distribution of dividends in 2008 and 2009. Click "read more" below for additional information.