With more than 80 community partners, the Chicago Literacy Alliance (CLA) is helping to meet literacy needs for people of all ages and backgrounds in Chicago’s West Loop. All the designs within the center are inspired by books, from childhood favorites through contemporary classics, and they were produced with the help of Chicago printer Cushing.

Bored at the bus stop? In December, Boost Mobile, in collaboration with JCDecaux North America, launched a Virtual Reality campaign at a bus shelter in Chicago taking commuters on a trip to a block party in an Unlimited World. The display within a downtown Chicago transit shelter connected TV to digital to experiential in a unique way.

Well, it’s official. As reported on the business wire earlier today, RR Donnelley (RRD) has split into three separate, publicly held companies. First revealed in August 2015, the breakup of the $11.7 billion conglomerate follows the latest corporate trend of “maximizing shareholder value” by creating more focused companies; in theory, the parts are more valuable than the whole. Similar moves, partly driven by activist investors, are in process at Xerox and already occurred at HP.

I, like many others trying to fly to Chicago for this year’s GRAPH EXPO, had my Saturday morning flight cancelled due to an intentionally set fire at a nearby FAA radar facility. Most of the out-of-towners I spoke with were exhibitors, and some did note cases where their printer prospects and existing clients opted to skip GRAPH EXPO altogether after their flights were cancelled.

MALVERN, PA—Ricoh Americas announced its newest continuous-feed platform, the Ricoh Pro VC60000, marking a milestone in the evolution of its production inkjet printing portfolio. The new system, coupled with Ricoh’s software offerings, enables a more rapid shift from offset to digital as commercial printers focus on data-driven applications and workflows requiring high-performance color inkjet presses with vibrant print quality and increased media flexibility.

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