Five months after it was initially scheduled to go into effect, the U.S. Postal Service will change how it calculates dimensional weight pricing while expanding DIM pricing to all zones across its Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail and Parcel Select products. For Priority Mail, DIM pricing was already in effect in zones 5-8 served by air freight. The change will spread it across zones 1-8, covering both domestic ground and air. Shipments to all zones using Priority Mail Plus and Parcel Select had already been subject to DIM. “It’s been industry practice to charge DIM not just for air products but ground also,” said Sharon Owens, acting vice president of sales for USPS. “Now we’re more aligned with the industry and it reflects the impact of the cube across the entire cost structure.” Click Read More below for additional information.
“We are delighted to welcome the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC) as our 51st national member of the PEFC Alliance,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “It is great to see that the collaboration with MFCC has been successful and has already led to the acceptance of Myanmar as a member.” We are collaborating with MFCC on a three-year project to support the country as it transitions to the sustainable management of its forests. The project is co-funded by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. “Forest management is not a matter of one country or one region anymore. It becomes a global synergy,” said Barber Cho, Secretary General of MFCC. Click Read More below for additional information.
Pratt Industries, America’s largest 100% recycled packaging company, is providing $75,000 in cash prizes to Manhattan’s Community Boards to spur the growth of residential recycled paper collection in the Borough. The contest, financially funded by Pratt Industries, has been collaboratively designed by The Manhattan Borough President’s Office, The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), and The Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY). For the past two-plus decades, Pratt has operated New York City’s only paper mill, which exclusively uses 100% recycled paper, the majority of which is generated through New York City’s curbside recycling program. After the new 100% recycled paper is produced, it is used at Pratt’s corrugated box plants in NYC and throughout many of its other factories in the U.S. to manufacture tens of millions of pizza boxes as well as corrugated boxes for companies such as Amazon, Home Depot, Procter & Gamble and a who’s who of other consumer packaged goods companies. Those boxes, once used and ready to be recycled once more, as well as most of the other paper collected by DSNY, is then recycled yet again at the NYC paper mill. Click Read More below for additional information.
Pregis has created the first-ever tool of its kind for environmentally conscious shippers: the EcoGauge calculator, an app that uses a shipper’s unique data to accurately measure the environmental impact of their damaged products. For shippers, sizing up the financial hit from damaged products is standard operating procedure. But the impact from damages extends well-beyond the bottom line. Aside from taking a toll on profits, damages have an immense effect on our environment, and shippers should take notice. In fact, each damaged product, on average, adds 40.4 pounds of carbon dioxide gas emissions into the atmosphere. Couple that with the fact that today’s landscape is shifting, where the environment, and what we’re collectively doing as organizations to protect it, is taking center stage. Click Read More below for additional information.
Ricoh USA, Inc. announced that Direct Technologies, Inc. (DTI) has installed a second RICOH Pro VC60000 to meet increased demand such as direct mail, marketing collateral and member communications. This addition comes just two years after DTI made its first foray into continuous-feed color inkjet with the VC60000. DTI selected the VC60000 due to its ability to produce high quality images at high speeds, even on coated media, while driving postal savings. DTI delivered six million impressions in the month after installing its first VC60000, and the monthly impressions have grown since then. This exponential growth resulted in the need for a second Pro VC60000, allowing DTI to produce up to 80 million monthly impressions. “The Pro VC60000’s incredible image quality and media flexibility allow us to produce strong color print with customization, which goes a long way in driving audience engagement with our customers’ communications,” said Brett Coltman, Owner and COO, DTI. “Another great aspect, and one that some might overlook, is how much easier the Pro VC60000 makes householding, which can help drive massive postal savings that we can then pass on to customers. It’s really no wonder that, despite the press’s outstanding throughput, we needed another one to keep up with demand. Beyond the technology, Ricoh has a knowledgeable, reliable local service team I know I can count on.” DTI, established nearly 25 years ago in Suwanee, Georgia, specializes in variable print, fulfillment, electronic communications and direct mail. Click Read More below for additional information.
Sales of adult trade books rose 2.4% in the first quarter of 2019, over the comparable period in 2018, while sales in the children/young adult category increased 9.7%, according to the Association of American Publishers’ monthly StatShot program. The downloadable audio segment continued to be the primary driver in the adult trade segment, with sales up 35.5%. Digital audio accounted for 11.4% of all adult book sales in the quarter, up from 8.6% in the first period of 2018. In contrast, e-book sales fell 5.0% in the quarter. While e-book sales are still considerably higher than digital audio sales, the gap is closing. E-book sales represented 21.1% of adult trade sales in the first period, compared to 22.8% in the same quarter a year ago. Click Read More below for additional information.
The Association of American Publishers filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative urging that the Administration exclude printed books from the scope of its impending tariff hike of 25% on products coming from China. The Administration recently proposed the penalty as part of its ongoing Section 301 investigation into China’s practices relevant to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. “The U.S. publishing industry invests in literature, children’s books, educational materials, religious and historical texts, Bibles, scientific expression, and numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction that support and celebrate American voices but are printed in China,” said Maria A. Pallante, AAP President and CEO. “There are no viable alternatives either inside or outside of the United States at this time, meaning that the impact of the tariffs—if applied to books—would be swift and devastating to both American publishers and the important works they disseminate.” Click Read More below for additional information.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full-year ended April 27, 2019. Total sales were $755 million for the quarter and $3.6 billion for the full year, decreasing 3.9% and 3.0% from the prior year periods, respectively. Comparable store sales declined 2.3% for the fourth quarter and 1.9% for the full year. The consolidated fourth quarter net loss was $18.7 million, or $0.26 per share, compared to a loss of $21.1 million, or $0.29 per share, in the prior year. Fiscal 2019 net earnings were $3.8 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a net loss of $125.5 million, or $1.73 per share, in the prior year. Click Read More below for additional information.
As a global supplier of specialty industrial paper products, Ahlstrom-Munksjö focuses on innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers and the diverse markets we serve. Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s wide range of specialty papers for the building and construction industry, known as Insu-Gard®, are high quality and durable for any end use. Natural MG Papers provide a smooth surface for lamination to foil or in Foil/Scrim Kraft (FSK) Building and Construction applications. Ahlstrom-Munksjö also offers extensible kraft papers (XKL®), which provide maximum strength and stretch prop¬erties for the most demanding converting applications. All Insu-Gard® Building and Construction papers can be produced utilizing innovative Flame-Gard® surface coatings which provide flame-resistance for both metal and non-metal contact. “Ahlstrom-Munksjö offers the widest breadth of building and construction papers in the industry,” commented Robyn Buss, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s North America Specialty Solutions business area. “Insu-Gard® provides our customers with not only innovative solutions, but the diversity of applications necessary for these markets.” Click Read More below for additional information.
From groceries to clothing, making truly ethical and environmentally sustainable choices can prove challenging. After all, from start to finish, there are countless steps that go into bringing a product to the shelf. We’ve long recognized this challenge – and the importance of keeping the entire supply chain environmentally responsible. One way we do this in our paper mill and manufacturing process is through meeting the standards for the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Chain of Custody certification. Along with meeting rigorous standards to ensure our products and materials are sourced from well-managed forests, it’s also our way to stay transparent about our sustainability efforts. Setting sustainability goals and making commitments is important but holding ourselves accountable to those goals is what helps us – and our customers – truly have a positive environmental and societal impact. Click Read More below for additional information.