2020 Printing Impressions 350 Reveals Largest Printing Companies, Printing Industry Trends (piworld.com)

2020 Printing Impressions 350 ranking of largest printing companies in the U.S. and Canada.The fact that our 37th annual ranking of the largest printing companies based in the U.S. and Canada, as ranked by annual sales, is now the Printing Impressions 350 — and not the 400 — for 2020 serves as a microcosm of the current, unsettled nature of the printing industry amidst a worldwide pandemic. So, it was quite fitting that we also labeled the most recent list on our December 2020 cover as “The COVID-19 Edition.” Compiling this venerable list was no easy feat — whether it was tracking down the needed information from a $5.5 billion-in-sales commercial printing industry powerhouse like RR Donnelley, to our 350th ranked printer at $5.5 million. Due to the pandemic, printing companies, large and small, have struggled to maintain their sales levels, and to hold on to their skilled workforces through, in some cases, temporary furloughs and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding. see more at: https://www.piworld.com/article/2020-printing-impressions-350-largest-printing-companies/
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Green Coating Collaboration: Creating The Future

‘We will offer packaging that does not yet exist’, said Koehler CEO Kai Furler in an interview with the newspaper F.A.Z. at the beginning of 2018. Some readers will have wondered where he got the self-confidence for this bold statement from. On the one hand, it shows great confidence in the company’s research and development. But it also anticipated what was announced a year later, in January 2019: the founding of the Green Coating Collaboration, a joint laboratory between Koehler and Darmstadt Technical University. The name already hints at the institution’s field of activity. The focus is on barrier coatings that can give flexible packaging paper properties that previously only plastic could offer. These include mineral oil barriers, water vapour barriers or barriers for oils and fats, as well as aroma barriers. ‘We are conducting fundamental research in the Green Coating Collaboration’, explains Dr. Markus Wildberger, Head of Technology at Koehler. ‘Our goal is to find and test more sustainable, bio-based raw materials for barrier coating in order to ultimately use them on production line 8. It is important not to use raw materials that could potentially be used as food. After all, our packaging material should not compete with food for land.’
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Lecta Increases Prices of Thermal Papers by 10 to 12%

Lecta announces a price increase on thermal papers of 10% to 12% for new orders. The price increase is necessary to offset the continuous and relevant increase in manufacturing and transport costs and to restore our profitability. The price increase is effective immediately. Lecta sales teams are at our customers’ disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied on a country-by-country basis.
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The new era of biochemicals

Wood-based biochemicals are renewable, recyclable, can shorten supply chains and boost local production. And they can be used to make almost anything. The future of wood is here. Soon all kinds of products – from bottles to de-icer to tyres – will be made from wood-based biochemicals, ushering in a new era of sustainability. It’s not a new idea. For years, if not decades, there has been discussion about how wood-based products could replace things made from fossil materials. Until now, this idea was mostly hypothetical. Now it is really happening.
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Modern Litho Announces An Exclusive Agreement With James Mulligan Printing Co.

Modern Litho, a full-service commercial, catalog and publication printer headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, announces an exclusive agreement with James Mulligan Printing Co. (Mulligan Printing) of St. Louis for the transfer of its commercial printing and business operations to Modern Litho. "Mulligan Printing has had a successful presence in the St. Louis print industry for many years with well-established customer relationships and high standards of service. We look forward to the opportunity to continue and build on this tradition by bringing an enhanced level of capability and quality to the marketplace,” commented Darrell Moore, Modern Litho President.
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URBN Reports Holiday Sales and Management Changes

Total Company net sales for the two months ended December 31, 2020, decreased 8.4% over the same period last year. Comparable Retail segment net sales decreased 9% due to negative retail store net sales as stronger conversion rates could not offset the reduced store traffic as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions. Lower store net sales were partially offset by strong double-digit growth in digital channel sales. By brand, comparable Retail segment net sales increased 1% at Free People and decreased 8% at Urban Outfitters and 12% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales decreased 1%. For the eleven months ended December 31, 2020, total Company net sales decreased 14.3% over the same period last year. Comparable Retail segment net sales decreased 12%, driven by negative retail store net sales due to mandated store closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and lower store productivity once opened, partially offset by strong double-digit growth in the digital channel. Wholesale segment net sales decreased 42%. On a personnel note, URBN today announced Trish Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Outfitters Group, will be leaving the Company as of January 31, 2021, to pursue a new career opportunity. We are pleased to announce that Sheila Harrington will become Chief Executive Officer for both Urban Outfitters Group and Free People Group. Additionally, Gabrielle Conforti, currently the Chief Merchandising Officer for the Urban Outfitters brand, has been promoted to President, Urban Outfitters North America, and Emma Wisden will continue as Managing Director, Urban Outfitters Europe, and will lead the Urban Outfitters brand Wholesale business. Both Gabrielle and Emma will report to Sheila.
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The Experience of the Catalog is What Makes it Work So Well (freeportpress.com)

When was the last time you truly enjoyed scrolling through page after page of search results on Amazon? Settling into your favorite chair to just explore and see what comes next? If you’re like most consumers, probably never, really. Search for products online is more like a task-oriented scavenger hunt to find the thing that best matches your keywords, “lost in the noise of digital advertising.” A catalog, on the other hand, is a journey in itself, an inspiring experience that opens up new ideas in a tactile way that our brains relish. Recent news from IKEA that they are doing away with their catalog after 70 years is going to break a lot of hearts; they were a prime example of catalogers who “get it” and turned paper and ink into a journey of possibilities. (And their wickedly good catalog marketing campaigns ensured robust buzz about it.) It’s a mistake, no doubt. Given the resurgence of catalogs during the pandemic lockdowns, marketers have no doubt that catalogs serve a critical function in the retail and e-commerce experience. much more at: https://freeportpress.com/the-experience-of-the-catalog-is-what-makes-it-work-so-well/
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Target Provides Update on Holiday Sales

For the November/December period compared with last year: *Comparable sales grew 17.2 percent, reflecting comparable store sales growth of 4.2 percent and comparable digital sales growth of 102 percent. *Traffic increased 4.3 percent and average ticket increased 12.3 percent. *The company continued to gain market share in all five of its core merchandise categories. Sales growth was strongest in Home and Hardlines. *Sales on same-day services (Order Pick Up, Drive Up and Shipt) grew 193 percent. *Drive Up grew more than 500 percent. *Shipt grew more than 300 percent. *Approximately 95 percent of Target's sales were fulfilled by its stores.
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Book Manufacturing Outlook: Balancing Demand, Capacity (piworld.com)

Despite all that 2020 heaped on the printing sector, the book manufacturing segment is going strong, driven by an isolated public renewing its connection to reading and, perhaps, by the multitudes of home-bound media experts frantically stocking their “credibility bookcases.” Book manufacturers are managing new ways of serving publishers and the broader market, and embracing new technology where it is advantageous. The segment underwent a drastic shift during 2020, particularly with the divestiture of Quad/Graphics’ book plants from the segment, and the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LSC Communications. These two developments effectively changed the playing field for U.S.-based book manufacturers, and left numerous book publishers scrambling for available capacity. This article features the insight of four book manufacturing professionals, to provide a better sense of the segment as it is today, and the factors driving opportunity and success. more at: https://www.piworld.com/article/book-manufacturing-outlook-balancing-demand-capacity/#ne=a0dae8603d00a659dbe7da5388ef196c&utm_source=today-on-piworld&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2021-01-12
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HH Global Acquires GBG Marketing Services Division

Outsourced marketing execution provider HH Global today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the Marketing Services division of GBG. The agreement will further strengthen the interactive capabilities of HH Global, following the acquisition of Blueberry Wave in 2019. Existing GBG Marketing Services customers will benefit from the extensive specialist capabilities that HH Global provides. Steve Mattey, Managing Director, Interactive said: “This acquisition strengthens our interactive solutions, supporting our clients’ growing needs for smarter and more advanced marketing execution. We are delighted at the additional marketing technologies and tools this acquisition brings us, as well as the highly skilled team from GBG.” Existing GBG Marketing Services customers will immediately benefit from the extensive specialist capabilities that HH Global provides, across end-to-end marketing execution services.
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