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InnerWorkings Inc. Announces Q4 and Full-year 2015 Results
February 23, 2016 at 5:47 pm

InnerWorkings Inc., a top 50 distributor based in Chicago, last week announced financial results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015. "2015 marked the best year in our company's history in terms of both profitability and new client wins," said Eric D. Belcher, CEO of InnerWorkings Inc...

Large and in Charge
February 21, 2016 at 8:43 pm

Large-format products are hard to avoid. Whether they’re wrapped around an SUV, adorning the wall of your local hardware store or 20 feet in the air on a billboard, chances are you see a few every day. With such a large category of even larger (literally) products, how can distributors be sure that they’re getting their clients the right products for their promotions?...

For the Win
February 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Paul M. Lage, president and CEO of Gill Studios Inc., Lenexa, Kan., shares his thoughts on the industry, and explains how his company is staying relevant.

A Sound Investment
February 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

The decision to target a particular vertical market isn’t simple. Some have likened it to making a financial investment—if the timing is right, your efforts could reap significant benefits. On the other hand, if the market of choice is regulated or easily influenced by outside sources, your losses could be substantial. Because a single technology or product line doesn’t necessarily measure success in the supply-chain market, you might be wondering if it’s better to be everything to everyone. Broadening your focus across multiple markets might not pay off as big upfront, but it could be a safer investment in the end.

The Big Sale
February 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Last June, a Delaware bankruptcy judge approved Mankato, Minnesota-based Taylor Corp.’s purchase of Standard Register Co., Dayton, Ohio, and its assets. The story was fodder for the media: A major printing company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy only later to be the object of a bidding war ($307 million took everything, for the record). Follow that up with two lawsuits...

Gathering Around the Table
February 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

To make time spent preparing and sharing a meal more enjoyable, end-users want to be equipped with kitchenware that suits their needs—and distributors can help with that. Here are four products to consider for your next campaign...

In Good Repair
February 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

We learned a lot from “The Breakfast Club.” People are not defined by their cliques (or their reasons for being in detention); always bring a lunch big enough to share; and this cold, hard truth: The world is an imperfect place—screws fall loose all the time...

HALO Branded Solutions Introduces Scholarship Contest
February 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Sterling, Illinois-based promotional product distributor HALO Branded Solutions is already a supporter of the Promotional Products Educational Foundation (PPEF) that provides scholarships for promotional products professionals and their dependents. HALO Branded Solutions will expand its support of up-and-coming marketing visionaries with its own scholarship contest...

Warwick Publishing Co. Achieves Idealliance G7 Master Qualification
February 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Warwick Publishing Co., St. Charles, Ill., an industry supplier of desk calendars and paper products, has achieved G7 Master Qualification for the second year in a row. Idealliance, a nonprofit industry group dedicated to guiding print production best practices...

European Union Approves Staples-Office Depot Merger
February 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Staples, Framingham, Mass., announced last week that it received approval from the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, to acquire Office Depot, Boca Raton, Fla. “This is a significant step, and we’re very pleased the European Commission has approved...

Labeled With Love
February 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm

“There are plenty of fish in the sea” is a comforting sentiment in theory. But, when we stop to think about it, weeding through the sheer volume of “fish in the sea” to find the right match is a little overwhelming. Sometimes the tags and labels market feels that way, too...

ITC Rules That Certain Uncoated Paper Imports Are Being ‘Dumped’; Import Duties Coming
February 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain uncoated paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments…

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge Spares Former Standard Register Co. Directors
February 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

During a hearing in Wilmington, Del., last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan L. Shannon dismissed claims from the Standard Register Co. estate liquidating trust that directors set the company up for failure by acquiring fellow Dayton, Ohio-based rival WorkflowOne LLC...

In With the New
February 9, 2016 at 9:18 pm

What started as an industry rooted in print has changed dramatically due to consumer needs and the impact of technology. Service-based approaches continue to supersede traditional “ink-on-paper” business models; customized, on-demand printing is outpacing the need for off-the-shelf printing; and partnerships have replaced top-down edicts. The transformation of online printing...

Mohawk Named Official Converter and Distributor of Domtar Envelope Lines
February 9, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Mohawk, Cohoes, N.Y., has expanded the company’s envelope offerings and now is an official converter and distributor of Domtar Cougar, Lynx Opaque Ultra and EarthChoice Colors envelopes. “In an ongoing effort to provide the highest level of service and supply-chain options for our merchant partners, Domtar is pleased to announce that Mohawk...

Idealliance and Epicomm Boards Approve Merger of Their Industry Associations
February 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm

The board of directors of Idealliance and the board of trustees of Epicomm, both of Alexandria, Va., have voted to recommend the merger of the two industry associations to their respective memberships. The boards approved the merger in separate meetings last week and both associations will now present the merger proposal to a vote of their memberships...

Standard Register Co. Sells Arkansas Building, Land
February 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Standard Register Co., Dayton, Ohio, recently sold an industrial building and land to Hanna’s Candle Co., located in Fayetteville, Ark. The $2.05 million transaction included a 146,000 square foot building and 35.4 acres of land, according to Arkansas Business Online...

Diet Coke Prints Millions of Labels for ‘It’s Mine’ Campaign
February 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Diet Coke is taking individuality to the next level with its new “It’s Mine” packaging campaign. Using HP Indigo digital printing technology, the brand is creating millions of unique labels for its glass bottles. Every glass bottle will feature a different design with select patterns available on the mini-cans as well...