Borders Group today announced it will open 25 seasonal Borders Express stores nationwide to serve customers during the holiday season.
Following a tense 18 months that saw paper production streamlined through consolidation, mill closings and machine shutdowns, paper producers look toward 2003 with a hint of optimism fueled by anticipation of an economic rebound. According to most manufacturers, major consolidation has strengthened the paper industry rather than harmed it, allowing companies to concentrate on their core lines to maintain their position in increasingly competitive markets. Another upbeat development expected in 2003 is further introductions of digital papers to accommodate digital short-run presses. BTM spoke with some producers who expect more consolidation in the coming year, occurring on a smaller scale. They added that