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USPS Records Increase in Package Volume, but $5.1B Net Loss
November 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) reported that it recorded a 14.1 percent increase in package volume and an 11.1 percent increase in shipping and package revenue for the 2015 fiscal year, but saw a net loss of $5.1 billion. However, this loss looks better than its $5.5 billion loss in 2014. With the increase in…

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.…

Can I Run a Report on Amount of Sales from Customer Groups in QuickBooks?
November 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Question: Is there some way in QuickBooks to run a report showing the amount of sales from a particular group of customers? Answer: Yes. QuickBooks allows you to define "Types of Customers." When you open a customer in the Customer Center, click on "Additional Info" on the left side of the screen. There you can…

Fossil Acquires Wearable Tech Startup Misfit for $260M
November 13, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Fossil, Richardson, Texas, said it will acquire Misfit, a wearable technology startup that focuses on fitness trackers, for $260 million, according to CNET. Misfit, founded in 2011, makes activity monitors and home products, like sleep monitors and smart bulbs, according to The Verge. The company also has partnerships with other brands, such as Speedo and…

PM Video Battle: Southpaw Canada Versus Webb Company
November 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Promo Marketing's Video Battle pits two industry videos against each other for the chance at the ultimate bragging right: Being declared our readership's absolute favorite. (Next up: It's Friday the 13th, and I'm going to make sure I avoid any black cats or ladders on my walk home from work.) Last week, South Paw Canada…

600 Bobbleheads Mysteriously Left on Doorstep
November 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former San Diego Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego. Now they're resorting to handing them out as party favors. The woman who answered the phone at the San Diego Police Department told Philip Jia it was the…

Hirsch Gift Inc. Launches Logitech and Targus in Promotional Market
November 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Hirsch Gift Inc., Houston, has expanded its Branded collection to include Logitech and Targus computer and tablet accessories. Logitech introduced the computer mouse into the retail market in 1981, and has since manufactured more than 1 billion mice. Hirsch Gift Inc. now carries Logitech computer mice, iPad cases, wireless presenters and wireless keyboards. Targus pioneered…

20 Ways to Manage Your Time Better
November 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Start with small tasks. When you’re just starting your career, you need all the help you can get managing your time. Even when you’re working hard, you could be wasting a tremendous amount of time, either by trying to multitask or by focusing too much on minute details. Montreal-based designer Étienne Garbugli has struggled with…