Paper, Packaging & Printing

FLEXcon's Jodi Sawyer on Micro-Brands, a Big Print and Promo Sales Opportunity
November 20, 2019 at 11:47 am

Micro-brands present a potentially huge sales opportunity for distributors, and FLEXcon's Jodi Sawyer joined the show to explain what they are, where to find them and how to get your foot in the door. Plus, Sean and Brendan recap PRINTING United and discuss PETA's eye-catching holiday sweater, Dunkin's hit holiday merch and more...

Gemini Industries Acquires TKCups-Sorg's
November 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

Gemini Industries, Roxana, Ill., announced that it has acquired TKCups-Sorg's, a supplier of custom printed napkins, plates, coffee sleeves, coasters, cups and more. Founded in 1996, TKCups-Sorg's has specialized in both paper and plastic food service products, and has introduced environmentally-friendly product lines. Through the acquisition, Gemini will expand its promotional product offering with a…

After Merger, Office Supplies Wholesaler Essendant to Offer Promo Items Via Staples Promotional Products
October 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

In January of this year, Staples Inc. finalized its merger with Essendant via Sycamore Partners, its private equity owners. Essendant is a wholesale distributor of workplace and office products. Its customers are resellers such as office supply superstores, mail order companies, drug and grocery store chains and e-commerce businesses. We didn't report on the merger…

FDA Considers Placing Graphic Images on Cigarette Packaging
August 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Since visual learners make up approximately 65 percent of our population, compelling images often play great roles in leading consumers to make purchases. If the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its way, striking visuals will become the antithesis of must-have buys, as the agency is hoping to add dissuasive depictions to cigarette packaging and advertising. https://twitter.com/US_FDA/status/1162018596568088577?s=20…

Typo Tarnishes Irish Postal Service's Moon Landing Stamps
July 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm

Thanks to heteronyms, homographs, homonyms and homophones, English can prove a head-scratching language that leads to numerous typos. Who among us, for example, has typed “form” when meaning “from”? Well, it appears that Irish can be equally troublesome, especially when it comes to proofreading, as two stamps that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon…

Zappos Collaborated With Birkenstock For a Limited-Edition Anniversary Sandal, And You Have to Check Out This Sweet Packaging
July 22, 2019 at 2:35 pm

The month of July comes with a lot of celebrations—you have July 4th and, of course, all of the additional weekend barbecues—and the shoe retailer, Zappos, is adding to the celebration by releasing a surprise for all comfortable shoe-lovers. Zappos hit its 20th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the company released a pair of limited-edition sandals (there's only 225 pairs available) in collaboration with the popular shoe manufacturer, Birkenstock. The idea behind the sandals is original, but there are a few notable elements about the packaging to point out, too.

Ennis Inc. to Acquire All Stock of the Flesh Company and Subsidiary Impressions Direct
July 11, 2019 at 10:59 am

Ennis Inc., Midlothian, Texas, announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock of The Flesh Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Impressions Direct Inc. The closing will occur on July 15, 2019, but the transfer of ownership for the transactions contemplated by this agreement will be deemed for all…

There’s Only One Blockbuster Store Left, But Now There’s a Blockbuster Board Game
June 13, 2019 at 12:16 pm

We're feeling irrepressibly nostalgic today thanks to Big Potato Games. That's because fellow lovers of the past and all-things cinematic can now play the Blockbuster Board Game, available at Target and at the last remaining Blockbuster Video store in Bend, Ore., with the amazing creation destined to have us rewind our brains to a different…