14 Sep

The Challenge of Cutting Distribution Costs

first_imgDistribution is where leaders throughout the production supply chain are looking to cut costs in 2008, according to opening remarks by Tom Fox, vice president of manufacturing and technology, American Express Publishing/Time Inc., at IDEAlliance’s Print Media Executive Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida last month. Fox, the conference chair, polled all attendees—top level executives in the paper, printing and magazine production fields—prior to the event and found that distribution trumped all other potential cost-cutting areas cited, including Asian paper import potential, improved print management through virtual tool adoption and finishing through automation and bindery productivity. Newsstand distribution took a big hit in January when roughly 1,000 magazine titles were cut from Wal-Mart’s shelves, affecting small and large publishers alike. At the time, Wal-Mart accounted for more than 15 percent of total U.S. magazine retail sales. But Doron Grosman, president of the magazine print solutions business at Quebecor World, sees recent newsstand hits as an opportunity for groups of publishers and groups of printers to collaborate on ways to better utilize printers’ capacity and assets and impose real change to distributor and wholesaler arrangements. “Right now, distribution is the tail that’s wagging the dog,” he said at the conference. “We have to address this as an industry. We’re being held hostage by distributors in terms of what they’re intending to do.” He says increasing publishers’ visibility into printers’ plants can help.Jerry Lynch, president of the International Periodical Distributors Association, a 37-year-old retail industry veteran and a Primex presenter, said the entire supply chain—publishers, printers, logistics, national distributors and wholesalers—needs to come together to find ways to add to retailers’ marketing messages. Retailers are contending with old pressures of space, gross margins, labor and inventory as well as new pressures of sustainability and simplicity of offerings, he says. Finding these types of solutions “will require commitment,” he said. “Unless the whole supply chain is engaged, it’s a challenge.”Ideas for Change Specific solutions the supply chain needs to come together on, according to Lynch, are improved sell-through rates; replenishment programs that offer an alternative to single drops of titles; product redesigns; improving speed to market; and scan-based trading, a process where suppliers own inventory in a retailer’s warehouse or store until items are actually scanned and purchased.According to ABC’s Fas-Fax numbers released in February, seven of the top 10 magazines in terms of total paid and verified circulation showed decreased single copy sales in the second half of 2007 versus 2006. Even with postal reform capping rate hikes at the rate of inflation and the news that this year’s increase for periodicals will be below that at 2.7 percent, the postal service has an exigency clause, as David Riebe, vice president of distribution at Quad/Graphics, pointed out at Primex. The clause would allow for hikes above the CPI index. “The USPS believes that applies to any time they can’t generate enough revenue to run their business with the CPI increase,” he said. With first class and standard mail flats down 15 and 13 percent respectively, exigency could be a threat, which makes keeping volumes up crucial.On top of that, presenters reminded the audience about the gravity of “Do Not Mail” legislation—a well-funded effort to restrict mail to requested-only pieces. “It’s an all or nothing situation that would lead to a drastically altered USPS and increased costs for all of us,” said Joel Quadracci, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics. Digital edition distribution is not seeming like a strong alternative either, at least not for the crowd at Primex. Guy Gleysteen, SVP of production at Time Inc., said, “We have not seen any fit for exact facsimile digital magazines to complement print or replace print. It has a niche mostly as a marketing vehicle.” What does work, he says, is integrating subsets of for-download content into a magazine’s Web site.last_img read more

11 Sep

POLICE LOG for May 16 Brush Fire Off Highway Tractor Trailer Complaint

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 16, 2019:A property manager on Andover Street reported a tractor trailer unit was parked in the driveway, hindering traffic, and the driver refused to move. Police responded and spoke with driver, who was waiting for his truck to charge before moving along. Tractor trailer was not hindering traffic. (12:22pm)Fire Department responded to a brush fire on 93 North, near Exit 38. (4:58pm)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Middlesex Avenue near the library. All parties declined medical attention. One driver was issued a warning for marked lanes violation. (6:12pm)A caller reported her neighbor was in the hallway yelling at Avalon Oaks. Police responded and restored the peace. (7:47pm)A Fairmeadow Road caller reported hearing a loud bang and water spouting in the air down the street. Water Department was just flushing hydrants. (8:04pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”last_img read more

5 Sep

Indian Stock Markets could See Selloff on Thursday

first_imgThe Indian equity markets witnessed selling pressure for the sixth straight day on Wednesday ahead of the expiry of monthly derivative contracts for March. In a cautious trading, the S&P BSE Sensex closed at 28,111.83, down 49.89 points and CNX Nifty fell 12.15 points to end at 8,530.80.While the Nifty corrected over six percent from its all-time high of 9119.20 hit on March 4, the Sensex has hit its lowest closing level in nearly two-and-a-half months.Traders believe that caution ahead of derivatives expiry and portfolio reshuffling ahead of the fiscal year ending is likely to have weighed on the markets. Market participants expect the sell-off to intensify on Thursday if the rollover of futures position fails to pick up.”The rollover till now has been below average. Just 39-40% of the positions got rolled till yesterday. On an average, we see around 45-50% getting rolled,” said Yogesh Radke, head of quantitative research at Edelweiss Capital, to NDTV Profit.If markets see a sharp sell-off, then 8,500 will act as a major support for Nifty index, added Mr Radke.NPTC topped the list of losers among Sensex and Nifty stocks on Wednesday with its share price closing down over 3.5%.However, in the broader market, the main loser was IPCA Laboratories as its stock price slumped 12.55% following reports of import alerts against its two manufacturing facilities issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

31 Aug

Elderly man found dead at home

first_imgKolkata: An elderly person was found lying in a pool of blood at a house in Karaya on Thursday morning. Police recovered his body and sent for autopsy examination.According to local residents, on Thursday around 5:30 am, some persons of a multi-storied building located on May Fair Road in Karaya found Abhijit Chatterjee, 73, in a pool of blood. Immediately, police were informed. Later, sleuths rushed him to Chittaranjan National Medical College (CNMC) and Hospital where doctors declared brought dead. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring autopsy examination doctors said Chatterjee died as he fell from height. According to local residents, Chatterjee used to live alone in flat located on the seventh floor of that multistoried residential building. It is suspected that he might have fallen from the balcony of his flat. Though no foul play could be detected till Thursday night, sleuths are trying to make sure that whether he committed suicide or he fell down accidentally. Police are questioning his neighbours about Chatterjee’s daily routine, mainly when he used to get up from sleep. If it is found that Chatterjee used to wake up late, then it could a case of suicide as question will arise why he woke up early on Thursday. But police are quite sure that it is a case of accident. Primarily an unnatural death case has been lodged at the Karaya police station.last_img read more

30 Aug

This Is What the Internet Will Look Like in 2025

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Tomorrow, the World Wide Web turns 25. To mark the occasion, the Pew Research Center asked a range of entrepreneurs, researchers, writers and developers, among others, for their predictions about what the it will look like in 10 years.Their responses, unsurprisingly, run the gamut from hopeful and excited to darkly pessimistic. Depending on the person, the web will make the world a fairer, more connected and knowledgeable place or transform it into a fragmented cesspool of greed where terrorism is a daily reality.However, most experts do agree that as it ages, the World Wide Web will become more pervasive as well as seamlessly accessible. Emerging technologies, including wearable and embedded computing, will enable us to easily connect (or perhaps never disconnect) from a cloud of sophisticated, intelligent and cheap (maybe even free) processing power.Here are a range of predictions for what the web will look like at 35.Related: ‘Future of Now’: The Convergence of Social Media, Crowdfunding and TechMore integrated. “The Internet will shift from the place we find cat videos to a background capability that will be a seamless part of how we live our everyday lives. We won’t think about ‘going online’ or ‘looking on the Internet’ for something — we’ll just be online, and just look.” — Joe Touch, director at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences InstituteCheaper and more insightful. “When the cost of collecting information on virtually every interaction falls to zero, the insights that we gain from our activity, in the context of the activity of others, will fundamentally change the way we relate to one another, to institutions, and with the future itself. We will become far more knowledgeable about the consequences of our actions; we will edit our behavior more quickly and intelligently.” — Patrick Tucker, author of The Naked Future: What Happens In a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?“We will grow accustomed to seeing the world through multiple data layers. This will change a lot of social practices, such as dating, job interviewing and professional networking, and gaming, as well as policing and espionage.” — Daren C. Brabham, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern CaliforniaA more detailed recorder of daily life.“We’ll have a picture of how someone has spent their time, the depth of their commitment to their hobbies, causes, friends, and family. This will change how we think about people, how we establish trust, how we negotiate change, failure, and success.” — Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and SocietyRelated: The Internet of Things: New Threats Emerge in a Connected WorldFragmented. “The Internet will generate several new related networks. Some will require verified identification to access, while others will promise increased privacy.” — Sean Mead, senior director of strategy and analytics for Interbrand“The Internet will fragment. Global connectivity will continue to exist, but through a series of separate channels controlled by a series of separate protocols. Our use of separate channels for separate applications will be necessitated by security problems, cyber policy of nations and corporations, and our continued attempts to find better ways to do things.” — Ian Peter, pioneer Internet activist and Internet rights advocateDark and hierarchical. “Everything — every thing — will be available online with price tags attached. Cyber-terrorism will become commonplace. Privacy and confidentiality of any and all personal will become a thing of the past. Online ‘diseases’ — mental, physical, social, addictions (psycho-cyber drugs) — will affect families and communities and spread willy-nilly across borders. The digital divide will grow and worsen beyond the control of nations or global organizations such as the UN. This will increasingly polarize the planet between haves and have-nots. Global companies will exploit this polarization. Digital criminal networks will become realities of the new frontiers. Terrorism, both by organizations and individuals, will be daily realities. The world will become less and less safe, and only personal skills and insights will protect individuals.” — Llewellyn Kriel, CEO and editor in chief of TopEditor International Media Services“Yes, the information we want will increasingly find its way to us, as networks learn to accurately predict our interests and weaknesses. But that will also tempt us to stop seeking out knowledge, narrowing our horizons, even as we delve evermore deep. The privacy premium may also be a factor: only the relatively well-off (and well-educated) will know how to preserve their privacy in 2025.” — An anonymous respondentRelated: Passwords You Swallow, Sharks That Tweet and 90-MPH Cheeseburgers Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 11, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

19 Aug

Winner announced in CIE Tours contest

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, April 26, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Cathy McDonald, travel advisor and independent owner with TPI – Travel Professionals International, is packing her bags for a trip to Ireland with CIE Tours.McDonald is the grand prize winner in a recent contest with CIE Tours and Travelweek, launched earlier this year. The Halifax-based advisor and owner has won a five day, four night land-only Taste of Ireland tour with CIE. The tour is a great introduction to the Emerald Isle and includes sightseeing by luxury coach, services of a professional Irish driver/guide, superior First Class hotels, most meals including full Irish breakfast daily, a tour of Dublin with a local guide, sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry, ferry ride across the River Shannon and visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher. Tags: CIE Tours, Contest, Winner Winner announced in CIE Tours contestlast_img read more