Tuck Tucker, President of Tucker Castleberry

Archive for January, 2012

New 1st class stamps !

On January 20, the U.S. Postal Service released five gorgeous stamps. The artistry of American stamps is nothing new, but this collection brought to mind the potential value of decorative stamps in targeted direct mail campaigns.

In searching for high resolution versions of the five stamps, I ran across a great website, BeyondthePerf.com.

For those interested in the art and design of U.S. stamps, the site features a video interview with the five USPS art directors who bring illustrative meaning to “decorative stamp.”

Kodak files Chapter 11

January 20, 2012 – Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it and its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for chapter 11 business reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The business reorganization is intended to bolster liquidity in the U.S. and abroad, monetize non-strategic intellectual property, fairly resolve legacy liabilities, and enable the Company to focus on its most valuable business lines. The Company has made pioneering investments in digital and materials deposition technologies in recent years, generating approximately 75% of its revenue from digital businesses in 2011.

Kodak has obtained a fully-committed, $950 million debtor-in-possession credit facility with an 18-month maturity from Citigroup to enhance liquidity and working capital. The credit facility is subject to Court approval and other conditions precedent. The Company believes that it has sufficient liquidity to operate its business during chapter 11, and to continue the flow of goods and services to its customers in the ordinary course.

Kodak expects to pay employee wages and benefits and continue customer programs. Subsidiaries outside of the U.S. are not subject to proceedings and will honor all obligations to suppliers, whenever incurred. Kodak and its U.S. subsidiaries will honor all post-petition obligations to suppliers in the ordinary course.

Paper vs Electronic

If you prefer to read from paper instead of an electronic screen, you’re not alone.  According to a recent survey commissioned by Two Sides, the fast-growing non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper, 70 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds, say they prefer to read print and paper communications than reading off a screen.  Most of those surveyed also believe that paper records are more sustainable than electronic record storage (68 percent) and that paper is more pleasant to handle and touch than other media (67 percent).

Postage increase 1/22/12

Just a reminder that once again our postal rates are going up.

Here are the “First-Class Mail” highlights:

Letters (1 oz.) – 1¢ increase to 45¢.

Postcards – 3¢ increase to 32¢.

Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5¢ increase to 85¢.

Letters to other international destinations – 7¢ increase to $ 1.05.

The 2nd ounce will be free for First-Class Mail Presort pieces weighing between 1 oz. and 2 oz.

Single-piece letters additional 1 oz. rate – unchanged at 20¢.

Things that happened in 2011

We finally got rid of Osama bin Laden.

The world’s first artificial organ transplant is achieved using an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells.

Space Shuttle Atlantis concluded NASA’s space shuttle program…sad.

October 31st – global population reached 7,000,000,000 !

US declares an end to the war in Iraq.

Tucker-Castleberry completed it’s 63rd year in business.

Tucker Connect was launched – http://www.tuckerconnect.com

Mozaic Print was launched – http://www.mozaicprint.com

SportsPrint was brought back to life to market to sports teams – http://www.sports-print.com

My 5 grandchildren turned a year older 9-8-5-5-5.



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