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Jun. 20, 2014

Nike's Team USA World Cup gear not made in USA
Promo Marketing
In 2012, Ralph Lauren Corp. got shredded by U.S. politicians — and the public — when it was revealed that the company's Team USA London Olympics opening ceremony uniforms had been manufactured in China. In response, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the "Wear American Act of 2012," an effort to ensure that future apparel purchased by the federal government was 100 percent U.S.-made. Ralph Lauren learned its lesson, producing all of Team USA's Sochi Olympics apparel in America.More

Safety of BPA-free plastic cups challenged in group's new study
CBC
It all started with a pink sippy cup. Michael Green, executive director of the Center for Environmental Health, said he was getting increasingly concerned about the toxic chemicals his kids were being exposed to. The perfect storm at the Green house happened thanks to an ongoing battle with his daughter, Juliette.More

UPS to charge by package size
Fox Business
United Parcel Service (UPS) recently announced it will set rates for all U.S. ground shipments based on package size, following a similar move by rival shipper FedEx. UPS plans to expand dimensional-weight pricing, which determines cost by measuring exterior package size, beginning Dec. 29. Shipping prices are based on dimensional weight if it exceeds the actual weight.More

President Obama pledges to boost US manufacturing
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Surrounded by an array of gadgets and high-tech equipment during a visit to Pittsburgh, President Barack Obama pledged to boost American manufacturing and to give entrepreneurs greater access to production tools that would help bring their ideas to fruition. Obama visited this venerable steel manufacturing city to showcase a workshop chain called TechShop, a variation on a tool lending library that provides high-end instruments to hobbyists, tinkerers and startup businesses to help them realize their innovations. More

World Cup fans finding ways to show colors at a discount
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A steady rise in the sale of FIFA World Cup shirts has colored parts of Pittsburgh in red, white and blue — and inadvertently launched a match between the vendors of inauthentic jerseys and official merchandise suppliers. Every four years, the World Cup soccer tournament creates a singular opportunity for supporters to flaunt their patriotism by proudly donning the national colors of various countries. “People come in here wearing all sorts of shirts, scarves and hats of their country,” said Alex Peightal, manager of Piper’s Pub on the South Side. More

A 'sublime' new sustainable option for protective packaging
Packaging Digest
A cool new technology with freeze drying as a key part of the material manufacturing process is aimed at a number of markets including packaging. Compadre, a company known for transit packaging solutions, has obtained an exclusive license to pursue commercial uses for AeroClay, an innovative technology developed in a Case Western Reserve University materials lab.More

Small businesses get sales off Instagram
The Associated Press via USA Today
Instagram is an increasingly important part of small businesses' social media strategies. It's helping them drive sales, gain customers and develop their brand. The app is especially helpful to restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, hair salons and other businesses that sell items that photograph well. The app, which was founded in 2010 and was bought by social media company Facebook Inc. in 2012, reaches more than 200 million users worldwide. Owners say it's easy to use and like that they can automatically post their Instagram photos on their businesses' other social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.More

Paper path to sustainability and social responsibility unveiled
WWF
More than 100 civil society groups including WWF are promoting a Global Paper Vision that addresses climate change, human rights and new expectations for corporate transparency. The vision is the product of more than a year’s consultations under the umbrella of the Environmental Paper Network . A key launch activity for the vision is a global conversation about how paper can present powerful opportunities to protect our air, water, forests climate, and communities, under the twitter hashtag #whatsinyourpaper.More

Nike's Team USA World Cup gear not made in USA
Promo Marketing
In 2012, Ralph Lauren Corp. got shredded by U.S. politicians — and the public — when it was revealed that the company's Team USA London Olympics opening ceremony uniforms had been manufactured in China. In response, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the "Wear American Act of 2012," an effort to ensure that future apparel purchased by the federal government was 100 percent U.S.-made.More

US Open makes it because you buy it
WRAL-TV
Welcome to the 2014 U.S. Open merchandise tent at Pinehurst, where golf fans and their money are soon parted. The 39,000-square-foot swag palace has everything from balls and markers that'll run you a few bucks, to framed autographed course artwork that sells for $1,250. More

How to design a killer logo with super lame fonts
Wired
System fonts are like Top 40 radio: Fine for the masses but easy to snub if you’re of more discerning taste. It’s easy to look down on the default typefaces we find on our PCs and Macs (think Verdana, Comic Sans and Arial), especially if you’re in the business of making fonts look good.More