Gannett mulls parcel delivery

Gannett Co. Inc. is exploring the parcel-delivery business as it examines how to make the most of its fleet of paper carriers and delivery trucks, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the article, Gannett reached out to parcel-industry consultants and had meetings and preliminary discussions with Amazon.com Inc. as it explores delivery possibilities.

“We are always looking for opportunities to do back hauls or deliver packages as we are out on the roads,” a source told Laura Stevens and Lukas I. Alpert.

While there are significant obstacles standing in the way, some newspapers already preform the service on a small scale. The Los Angles Times currently hands off a few packages to the Gannett-owned Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California along with newspapers for delivery, the article stated.

Gannett owns 92 daily newspapers across the country in addition to its nationally distributed USA Today, making it one of the biggest distribution networks of any newspaper group in the country. Further, Robert Dickey, CEO of Gannett said that the company is actively pursuing acquisitions such as that of the Journal Media Group.

McClatchy Company centralizes with ProImage

McClatchy Company inked a deal with ProImage to centralize their nation wide production using NewsWay workflow solution. ProImage will install NewsWay at 13 McClatchy owned properties and the workflow for commercial and contract printers will receive centralized edition planning, RIPPing, Imposition, Preflighting, Ink Presetting, Ink Optimization and output management. A total of 35 CTP output devices will be managed from the McClathcy main hub in Fort Worth, Texas.

Each McClatchy property will have its own custom workflow to meet their specific requirements.

“Centralizing such a large production network and removing various local software systems will reduce maintenance costs significantly,” said Herman Spencer,” premedia technology manager at McClatchy Company.

ITC Rules Certain Uncoated Paper Imports Are Being Dumped

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 of China and Indonesia. All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

The Commission also made a negative finding with respect to critical circumstances with regard to imports of this product from Australia. As a result, goods that entered the United States from Australia prior to Aug. 26, 2015, the date of the Department of Commerce’s affirmative preliminary determination, will not be subject to retroactive duties.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China and Indonesia and antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal.

The Commission’s public report Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia and Portugal (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-528-529 and 731-TA-1264-1268 (Final), USITC Publication 4592, February 2016) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by March 14, 2016; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.