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Interesting figures have been released recently by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the UK, showing a change in the demographics last year which could have an effect on retailers and those in the packaging industry.

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I have grown used to the sounds of disapproval coming from Mrs. Mulvaney behind the breakfast newspaper, usually in response to a politician’s statement, a government health warning on obesity or alcohol or indeed the latest fashion trends, but I was taken by surprise the other day when the subject of her anger was a European Union decision on value added tax (VAT).

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Apple has recently reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company, marking another milestone in the company’s history. The US$18 billion profit in the last quarter of 2014 beats the previous record of US$15.9 billion by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012, according to industry analysts, and is quite a performance for a business who started life in a garage with a couple of hippies.

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News from Argentina has reached these shores about a small publisher, Eterna Cadencia who has introduced a book which only last a couple of months.

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A PACKAGE DEAL. DIGITAL PACKAGE PRINTING GOES MAINSTREAM.

Monday, 16 February 2015 | By Louis Gordon

Next time you stroll through a retail environment, take a moment to scrutinize the merchandise on the shelves. It’s highly likely that the products you see on display showcase new branding and packaging, typically in vibrant, attention-getting designs.

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Wow – Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has suddenly found another communications medium and has decided to let his followers on his eponymous site know about it. This will not come as a shock to those of use involved in the publishing industry in one form or another, because his medium of choice has been around for a long time.

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Nick Gibb, the United Kingdom Schools Minister, has called for a return to the use of text books in schools in a recent speech to an educational publishers conference in London. He claimed teachers in UK schools need to ditch their reliance on an “anti-textbook ethos” if UK schoolchildren are going to catch up with their counterparts overseas.

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CATALOGS AND THE ‘NEO-TRADITIONAL’ RETAILER

Thursday, 29 January 2015 | By Louis Gordon

“The future of retailing is omnichannel and it includes catalogs,” asserts The Kurt Salmon Review*. In simplest terms, “omnichannel” retailing treats consumers to a uniform, integrated, seamless experience wherever they shop – in store, online, in print, or by phone.

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