Paper, Packaging & Printing

AIA Corporation Hires Clay Hall as Director of Field Sales Development
November 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Clay Hall has joined Neenah, Wisconsin-based AIA Corporation’s field sales management team as director of field sales development, where he will be leading the organization’s efforts to grow sales with its largest platinum-level owners in the West. Hall is replacing Greg Armstrong, who was promoted to vice president of marketing and supplier relations in October.…

Beam Suntory Inc. Selects InnerWorkings Inc. As Product Provider
November 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Beam Suntory Inc., a Deerfield, Illinois-based premium spirits company, has selected InnerWorkings Inc., Chicago, as its preferred provider to deliver brand and field optimization goals within the area of point-of-sale (POS) materials. As part of the agreement, InnerWorkings Inc. will provide custom branded POS merchandise, multiple e-commerce sites, warehousing and fulfillment services, and a large supporting…

Quad/Graphics to Lay Off 422 Employees
November 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Quad/Graphics, Sussex, Wis., a printer of consumer magazines and catalogs, is laying off 422 workers at its East Greenville, Pa., facility, according to Philadelphia Magazine. The layoffs are scheduled to begin on or around Jan. 3, 2016. Claire Ho, a spokesperson for Quad/Graphics, told Philadelphia Magazine that this is a "challenging time in the printing…

Global Graphics Network Expanding With 50 Development Executives
November 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Global Graphics Network (GGN), a new Tampa, Florida-based business accelerator for print-shop owners, plans to add 50 development executives throughout North America over the next two years. “Thousands of print-shop owners throughout North America need a solid path to grow their sales, increase their profits and have more fun again in the printing business,” said…

Design Lessons From the 100-year-old Coke Bottle
November 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Today, the iconic Coca-Cola bottle celebrates its 100th birthday. It was patented on Nov. 16, 1915. By most counts, the bottle was—and remains—the ideal marriage of form and function, not to mention an early example of how a brand can differentiate itself through design and packaging. Bob Williams, assistant professor of marketing at Susquehanna University…

Staples and Office Depot Offer to Shed Contracts to Secure FTC Merger Approval
November 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Staples and Office Depot are offering to transfer $600 million in corporate contracts to office-supply wholesaler Essendant to appease federal regulators and secure approval for their merger deal, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday, based on anonymous sources. Spokespersons for Staples and Office Depot declined the Sun Sentinel's requests to comment on the report.…

Washington Nationals Calendar Features Boston's Ballpark
November 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

When the Washington Nationals debuted their 2016 calendar, there was a bit of an elephant in the room about the cover. (Well, in this case it's more of a Green Monster in the room.) The calendar features the Red Sox's Fenway Park. Unfortunately, Fenway's famous ballpark wall…

Diversified Labeling Solutions Celebrates 30th Anniversary
October 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Diversified Labeling Solutions (DLS), Itasca, Ill., has announced the recent celebration of its 30th anniversary. In 1985, founder and owner Bob Hakman identified a growing demand for barcode pressure-sensitive products, and formed the company, aiming to provide high-quality, custom-printed tape to the distributor market. The company started with a 1,550-square-foot facility. Today, DLS has more…