KANSAS CITY, MO—Citing slumping sales, Hallmark Cards is cutting up to 750 jobs, representing about 8 percent of its U.S. workforce over the next six months, the Associated Press reported. Most of the cuts will be made in manufacturing and distribution. The company reported last month that 2008 revenues fell 2 percent to $4.3 billion as the recession has cut into consumer spending.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hallmark Cards Inc. on Tuesday said it will cut its U.S. work force by up to 8 percent as the nation's largest greeting card-maker struggles with falling sales. The Kansas City-based company told employees it will lay off between 550 and 750 of its 9,200 full-time U.S. employees over the next six months.

ST. PAUL, MN—Checks Unlimited, a Deluxe Corp. brand, is moving some operations from Colorado Springs, CO, to operations in Kansas City and Salt Lake City, according to KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs.  The move will result in the loss of 100 printing jobs. Employees can apply for organization jobs in other cities. The 700-member call center will remain open there.

Printing Impressions’ Digital Printing and Workflow News for December, 2008.

THIS IS my 267th Printing Impressions column. I have written these columns since November 1984 in all sorts of adverse conditions. Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Heart failure? Worldwide economic meltdown?

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