The magic flute

Flutes, the wavy arches between liners, put the corrugated in corrugated board, so much so that corrugated board is specified by flute. Borrowing from the GEICO commercials, "Everybody knows that," but as those commercials teach, there's always something else to be learned. Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt; sometimes it breeds complacency. It's not unusual for a corrugated box's specification to go unchanged for years on end. Implicit is the assumption that circumstances also have gone unchanged—a fallacy in thinking.
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USPS Asks to Keep Priority Mail Rates the Same But Raise Parcel Select Rates

As it continues to battle UPS, FedEx and DHL for a larger slice of the ecommerce shipping pie, the U.S. Postal Service has put in a rate schedule request with the Postal Regulatory Commission that would keep its competitive Priority Mail rates unchanged for domestic delivery while raising the price of Parcel Select – the primary last-mile option of the major carriers – by an average of 8%.
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Printing, Paper & Paper-based Packaging Industry Meets Maryland Lawmakers for Sustainable Manufacturing Day

Sustainable Manufacturing Day is a day-long advocacy event in which industry representatives share with lawmakers details of the industry’s positive economic impact on Maryland and their commitment to sustainable manufacturing leadership under AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative. Joining AF&PA for an interactive luncheon are other associated industry partners, including the United Steelworkers and the Printing & Graphics Association of the MidAtlanic.
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International Paper Reports 2014 Fourth-Quarter and Full Year Earnings

International Paper (NYSE: IP) today reported full-year 2014 net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaling $555 million ($1.29 per share) compared with $1.4 billion ($3.11 per share) in full-year 2013.In the fourth quarter 2014, the Company reported net earnings of $134 million ($0.32 per share) compared with $436 million ($0.98 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2013. Fourth quarter 2014 earnings included a $0.40 per share non-cash foreign exchange charge as described below. Amounts in all periods include the impact of special items, non-operating pension expense and discontinued operations.
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