Royle Printing, recently awarded the Best Workplace designation in the 2020 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) awards competition is pleased to announce that Jeremy Nehmer joined Royle Printing as Supply Chain Coordinator. Jeremy will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations with the supply chain team. Jeremy is a new graduate from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and was a Distribution & Operations Intern over the summer for the 2019 Royle Internship Program. The program consists of a three-month commitment where students can work full or part-time. Based on the students’ interests and major, each intern is able to fully immerse themselves into their chosen sector – prepress, press, bindery, distribution, customer service, account management or sales. “The internship program is so much more than learning the trade of print; each intern becomes a part of the Royle family and culture,” stated Dawn Webber, Director of Human Resources.
AF&PA’s 2020 advocacy priorities are: Carbon Neutrality of Biomass: Paper and wood products manufacturers use as much of the tree as possible to make paper, packaging and wood products, while remaining residuals are used as a renewable energy source (biomass) to power mills. Continued Success for Paper Recycling at the State and Federal Level: Efforts to ban, tax or restrict access to paper products discourages the use of products that are recyclable, compostable, reusable and made from renewable and recycled material. Regulatory Reform: U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers have spent billions of dollars on regulatory compliance and are estimated to spend billions in new capital expenditures over the next decade. Transportation Infrastructure: Paper and wood products manufacturers face a nationwide shortage of transportation capacity, an aging infrastructure, and inefficient surface transportation policies.
Interfor Corporation announced that Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Martin Juravsky has advised the Company of his decision to resign from Interfor effective April 30, 2020, to pursue another opportunity with a Toronto-based publicly listed company. Mr. Juravsky joined Interfor in 2013 as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy and was promoted to Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in 2018.
Challenger brands, which set themselves apart with an intent to bring change to an industry, are driving massive change across the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. From 2008 to 2018, more than 4,000 small consumer goods companies received $9.8 billion of venture capital funding, changing dynamics in categories as diverse as deodorant, protein bars and pet food. At the same time, in order to grow their sales these brands are bridging the gap between selling exclusively online and building an in-store presence. Many of these nimble brands began online, offering their niche products directly to passionate consumers. But a few years into this phenomenon, many challenger brands are beginning to expand into brick-and-mortar retail. And retailers are eager to welcome them, as they themselves are transitioning to be expert curators of differentiated brands that appeal to their unique shoppers. This transition has the potential to be a win-win for everyone, but it must be managed carefully. Packaging and merchandising displays play a critical role.
National Average Price for Regular Unleaded Current: $2.438; Month Ago: $2.575; Year Ago: $2.281. National Average Price for Diesel Current: $2.890; Month Ago: $3.009; Year Ago: $2.919.
American Dollar to Canadian Dollar = 0.755281; American Dollar to Chinese Yuan = 0.143102; American Dollar to Euro = 1.085465; American Dollar to Japanese Yen = 0.009110; American Dollar to Mexican Peso = 0.053752.
Despite two decades of email and social media marketing, and the digitization of the consumer experience, catalog mailings have been steadily increasing since 2015. What’s more is that consumers are surprisingly enthusiastic about receiving them – response rates from catalogs have increased by 170% from 2004 to 2018. The effects are not just confined to digital laggards who do not go online – in fact, there’s evidence that Millennials are particularly interested in catalogs they receive in the mail. Has the catalog made a comeback? Retailers in some categories appear to think so. Many brands and retailers, such as Nordstrom, Patagonia, Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, and leisure services such as vacations and cruise lines, are investing heavily in physical catalogs. Even pure-online retailers that prided themselves in creating efficient and digitized consumer experiences such as Wayfair, Bonobos, Birchbox, and Amazon are now printing catalogs.
Standing out in a crowded field of fashionable and premium confectionery brands on one of the most popular chocolate gifting holidays, Valentine’s Day, is difficult! For years, Cadbury Milk Tray has been a ‘go to’ offer for many UK chocolate lovers however the challenge was to have this nostalgic box chocolate brand appeal to a younger, digitally connected audience. Cadbury’s challenge was to turn the act of receiving a Valentine’s Day box of chocolates into a memorable emotional experience, which would resonate with new and old customers alike. Innovative packaging provided the solution to Cadbury’s challenge, with a Valentine’s Day in-store promotion the linked the digital and physical world. The creative execution was simple and perfectly supported the gifting occasion. With their mobile phone camera, consumers simply scan a MaXQ QR code on Milk Tray packaging and record a personal video message to their Valentine. Milk Tray recipients then scan the MaXQ QR code with their phone and can see the video message creating a unique digital experience that built upon prior personalized. The personalized marketing was intended to not only create a unique digital experience and attract a new generation of customers, but also drive sales of a Cadbury classic.
Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet have initiated a joint project for the development of a novel wood-based 3D product to replace similar products made out of fossil resources, especially in consumer products like packaging. The joint project focuses on fine-tuning properties of the new environmentally-friendly material and on developing a highly automated and digitalized manufacturing technology. Utilising Metsä Group’s current industrial side streams as the raw material of the new product will also be assessed. The aim of the project is to jointly analyse the technical and economic performance of the new concept and evaluate the prerequisites to build, in a potential next phase, a pilot plant integrated to existing pulp or board production in Finland.
Allen Press, Inc. and Silverchair announced the launch of Meridian, a digital publishing platform and service of Allen Press, powered by Silverchair. Engineered for the world’s leading scholarly and professional publishers, Meridian is designed to serve independent society and association publishers as part of Allen Press’ extensive suite of services. As exclusive online publishing technology partners, Allen Press and Silverchair developed Meridian to deliver an intuitive user interface, robust reader experience, and highly customizable site configurations. Allen Press customers will benefit from the responsive web design, reader-preferred split-screen view, and personalized content suggestions.