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Interesting article from Image Reports about whether or not digital media is getting away with too much when it comes to the sustainability argument. While the environmental impact of print has been heavily scrutinized, the information technology industry has been given a much freer ride on this issue.
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Kohl’s Honored with 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced today that the company has been recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency initiatives. An EPA ENERGY STAR member since 1998, Kohl’s currently has more than 950 ENERGY STAR-certified locations totaling more than 80 percent of Kohl’s stores nationwide, the highest percentage of ENERGY STAR certified stores among U.S. retailers. In 2014 alone, 122 Kohl’s stores received ENERGY STAR certification, marking the largest number of stores the company has certified in one year since 2010.
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Oil rebounds as Iran exports seen taking months to ramp up

Crude-oil futures rebounded on Monday as investors assessed the impact of last week’s disappointing U.S. jobs data and Iranian nuclear deal. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May CLK5, +2.32% traded at $50.51 a barrel, up $1.36, or 2.8%, in the Globex electronic session. May Brent crude LCOK5, +2.29% on London’s ICE Futures exchange rose $1.23, or 2.2%, to $56.20 a barrel.
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Publishing Is Changing, But Not in the Way You Think

"What is our core value proposition?" It's a business jargon-y type of question that the editor in me shudders to hear, but it stuck in my mind -- in a good way -- when I heard it asked this week at our Book Business Live event on March 31st. Clancy Marshall , VP of core systems at Pearson posed the question during the day's first panel which discussed transforming publishing companies in order to thrive in the digital era. The subject of the panel, transformation, would suggest that Pearson's core value proposition had changed in recent years. I was ready for Marshall to share how her company was now a software provider with a variety of learning platforms in its arsenal. She surprised me by saying, "Our core business remains what it always was. We find the world's best educational authors and give them the tools they need to create the best educational products."
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Canada’s Forests and Its Natural Cycles

A recent World Resource Institute (WRI) report indicates that forest fires have increased in Canada’s boreal forest which puts Canada second on a global list for tree cover loss in 2013. It is important to define what WRI means by tree cover loss. The distinction between natural cycles and man-made land use changes are necessary considerations when calculating tree loss. Permanent forest loss from urbanization and agriculture expansion is vastly different from temporary tree loss caused by harvesting or natural occurrences like forest fires and pest infestations where trees regrow. Forecasts using climate change scenarios suggest that fire and pest activity will increase across much of Canada’s forests. The forest products industry continues to collaborate with governments, academics and other stakeholders on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
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Huhtamaki completed the acquisition of Butterworth Paper Cups

Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of Butterworth Paper Cups Sdn Bhd, a privately owned paper cup and foodservice packaging manufacturer in Malaysia. With the acquisition Huhtamaki expands its foodservice manufacturing footprint to Southeast Asia and significantly strengthens its presence and capability to serve customers in Malaysia, Singapore and other regional Southeast Asian markets. The purchase price of approximately EUR 8 million approximately corresponds with the annual net sales of the business. The company employs approximately 120 people in its manufacturing unit in Penang, Malaysia. The business will be consolidated into the Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment as of April 1, 2015. read more/source: http://www.huhtamaki.com/-/huhtamaki-completed-the-acquisition-of-butterworth-paper-cups Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of Butterworth Paper Cups Sdn Bhd, a privately owned paper cup and foodservice packaging manufacturer in Malaysia. With the acquisition Huhtamaki expands its foodservice manufacturing footprint to Southeast Asia and significantly strengthens its presence and capability to serve customers in Malaysia, Singapore and other regional Southeast Asian markets. The purchase price of approximately EUR 8 million approximately corresponds with the annual net sales of the business. The company employs approximately 120 people in its manufacturing unit in Penang, Malaysia. The business will be consolidated into the Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment as of April 1, 2015.
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Time Out New York Transforms Into A (Mostly) Free Weekly

In a time where many publishers are looking for ways to increase revenue through consumers, Time Out New York is going in the opposite direction. Today, the brand announced that it would begin distributing its magazine for free in order to increase reader engagement and value to advertisers. The new distribution model doubles circulation to 305,000 copies, which will cast a much wider net for its ad partners. What’s more, TONY will enhance its suite of integrated marketing packages. Ad rates will increase due to the larger circ size, but effective CPMs will be lowered, according to Justin Etheridge, EVP, Time Out North America.
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Sappi Europe launches a new dimension in Folding Box Board – Atelier

Sappi Speciality Papers announces the introduction of atelier, a brand-new concept in folding box board (FBB) that broadens Sappi’s offering in terms of both width and depth of coated virgin fibre carton boards for the packaging market. atelier, a hybrid FBB product that exceeds current market standards, is available in weights from 220 gsm to 350 gsm and is being produced at the company’s Maastricht mill. atelier is a multi-ply board produced on a single-wire board machine, a feature that no other paper manufacturer has ever achieved. It delivers the ultimate in brightness, purity and gloss with a silk touch and feel and unrivalled bulk, truly a new dimension in folding box board.
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Don’t Rain on Customers’ Loyalty Parade [Infographic]

When it comes to driving customer loyalty, marketers are all about making it rain. But their focus on repeat purchases can wash away the thing that matters most: creating positive experiences that keep customers coming back for more. Consider the following data from IBM and Econsultancy's latest studies: 91% of marketers (including commerce managers) strongly or somewhat agree that personalizing the customer experience is critical to their success, and 81% say that they have a holistic view of individual customers and segments across interactions and channels. Contrastingly, less than half (47%) of marketers surveyed say that they're able to deliver relevant communications. And consumers are taking notice. According to the studies, only 21% of consumers say that the communications that they receive from the average company are “usually relevant,” and more than one third (35%) say the same in regards to the messages that they receive from their preferred organizations. What's more, just 22% of consumers believe that the average retailer understands them as an individual and only 37% say the same for their favorite retailers.
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Barnes & Noble Celebrates Pre-K-12 Teachers & Administrators During Spring Educator Appreciation Days, April 11-19

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, will celebrate Spring Educator Appreciation Days, April 11-19. Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com) will offer pre-K-12 public, private and homeschool educators and administrators special discounts*, events, sweepstakes and giveaways during this time. Barnes & Noble’s Educator Appreciation Days occur several times during the year, recognizing educators and providing them with an opportunity to explore the company’s vast selection of products, learn about programs and events, as well as save with deeper discounts.
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