2016 Fiscal New Year – Sales Tax Change on July 1.

46 states start their fiscal year on July 1. With that comes a whole new set of sales tax laws to follow.

What do you need to know about the big changes taking effect and the proposed changes that could impact your business if and when they’re enacted as law

The following is by no means exhaustive, but highlights the biggest trends in these areas:

• Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) or “internet sales tax”

• Nexus laws at the state level • Local sales and use tax rates

• Internet sales tax changes

• Sales tax holidays

• Fuel tax changes

• Other miscellaneous taxability news and events

2016 nexus laws at the state level While Congress debates over the MFA and other proposed legislation, state governments are focusing on nexus rules that will impact many remote sellers. MultiState Insider highlights many of the states that have changed their nexus rules in 2016.


Allows remote sellers to continue participating in the Simplified Seller Remittance Program even if they establish physical nexus within the state or if the federal government removes current sales tax limitations.


Shell bill titled “Creates the Marketplace Fairness Act.”


Requires the state to inform individuals of their obligation to remit the sales tax on remote purchases.


» Presumes sales tax nexus if a seller uses an in-state affiliate to advertise, promote, facilitate or refer sales or to facilitate the delivery of sales.

» Requires remote sellers to provide notice to instate purchasers that the Louisiana sales tax may be due at the time of purchase..


» Authorizes state taxing authorities to collect sales tax from remote sellers and reduce the sales tax rate to 5.75 percent.

» Authorizes state taxing authorities to collect sales tax from remote sellers in anticipation of federal action on this subject.

» Changes the definition of “engaged in business in the commonwealth” to include having an in-state intermediary perform certain services on the vendor’s behalf, including: regularly soliciting sales within the state, maintaining storage or distribution facilities, or facilitating the deliver or repair of sold property.

» Authorizes state taxing authorities to collect sales tax from remote sellers in anticipation of federal action on this subject.


Revises the definition of “retailer,” “retail sale,” and “doing business” for the purposes of the sales tax.


Presumes sales tax nexus either if any one of several criteria are met, including: a seller using an in-state affiliate to facilitate their operations, utilizing an in-state marketplace provider, or having cumulative sales into the state in excess of $10,000 in the previous year.


Presumes sales tax nexus if a seller utilizes an in-state affiliate to advertise, promote, facilitate or refer sales or to facilitate the delivery of sales.


Presumes sales tax nexus if a seller utilizes an in-state affiliate to advertise, promote, facilitate or refer sales or to facilitate the delivery of sales. Specifically requires all remotes sellers to collect and remit the state sales tax if they have in-state gross annual receipts in the state in excess of $1 million.

Rhode Island

» Changes the definition of “retailer” to specify that referring customers to a retailer only through a link on a website does not constitute nexus for purposes of the sales tax.

» Presumes sales tax nexus either if any one of several criteria are met, including: a seller using an in-state affiliate to facilitate their operations, utilizing an in-state marketplace provider, or having cumulative sales into the state in excess of $10,000 in the previous year.

South Dakota

Stipulates that an out-of-state seller has nexus with the state for sales tax purposes if their gross revenue from sales into the state exceeds $100,000 in the previous year or if they engaged in 200 or more separate transactions.


» Presumes sales tax nexus if a seller utilizes an in-state affiliate to advertise, promote, facilitate or refer sales or to facilitate the delivery of sales.

» Requires the owner of every in-state selling platform to file an annual report with the state of each seller who uses the platform, but does not collect the sales tax.

» Creates a rebuttable presumption that a seller of goods or services has nexus if they have in-state affiliates who facilitate the delivery, installation, assembly, maintenance of their sales; if the affiliate shares management, business system, or employees with the seller; of if the affiliate and the seller share intercompany transactions.


» Repeals the nonresident sales and use tax exemption.

» Prohibits the state from considering the attendance at a single in-state trade convention per year sufficient to establish nexus with the state.

Source: MultiState Insider.

For more info and to view the source: https://www.multistate. com/insider/2016/02/sales-tax-nexus-legislation-is-already-a-hot-topic-in-state-legislatures-this-year/

Will 2016 finally be the year for Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) or “internet sales tax”?

When news regarding “internet sales tax” broke in May 2013, many thought the issue would be decided by the end of that year: either the federal government would grant states the authority to tax sales made by certain remote sellers, or legislators would reject the idea and the case would be closed. Instead, 2013 closed with no action — MFA 2013 never saw the light of day in the House. 2014 came and went without any real action on the issue at the federal level.

Three new pieces of remote sales tax legislation were passed around Washington at the start of 2015 (Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015, Online Sales Simplification Act, Remote Transactions Parity Act), but they never went anywhere. In the absence of a federal solution to an issue that has been draining sales tax revenue from states, states are creating remote sales tax legislation of their own.

If federal legislators do not deal with this issue, the United States Supreme Court could take it on.


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183/183 – Neighborhood and Community Relations


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2016 in All it’s 366-day leap year Glory

As you know, in 2014 Brand Building Consulting launched the program Giving back to the Community – Sustainable Foods Waste Management. Mai Truong, CEO of Brand Building Consulting philosophy is engaging with others to make the communities where our children and people live and work a better place.  Brand Building Consulting involved in  Pro-Bono Food Donation services with Bakery – Fast Foods – Groceries Retailers in the Community to process Sustainable Food Waste Management with Food that is still in usable condition is donated to local food banks and Charities. The generous support of Business Owners in our Community of Beverly Hills 90210 helped tremendously for local hunger relief programs during the holidays and all year round. And of course, with the help of countless volunteers and the spirit of giving from partners of the Food Waste Management Program in our community.

Making difference together with Business Owners in our Community:

Today, July 1st is the EXACT Midpoint of the year. With 183 days passed and 183 days to go.

It’s not too late to make 2016 our best Memory of Abundance, Wealth, and Joy in our Community. In memory of 2016 with 183 days to go  , Brand Building Consulting plans to launch a new project calls “Neighborhood and Community Relations”.
The concept is first attracted to all Businesses – Professional Services – Individuals in our Community by the opportunity to give back. After a lifetime of business success, they have turned to using their skills and wisdom to provide others with effective and impact leadership development. Each participant in helping individuals, strengthening communities and helping businesses. A major new initiative supporting community engagement broadly, support other local businesses and we give back to the community and help others success.
You can use your Leadership experiences the intense highs and lows of having the ultimate responsibility to coaching to impact the lives of our participants both personally and professionally to others.  Especially, when you own or run a business, even the simplest decisions can have profound implications, all of that experience has placed you in a unique position to make a profound contribution to the lives of other businesses in the community.
Leadership isn’t about you but about helping others become successful and about removing the obstacles — excessive bureaucracy.
Our Participants bring a wealth and diversity of experience to the table and apply their knowledge to helping each other overcome challenges and seize opportunities. Each group is designed to help members help each other work on their most pressing business issues and improve their lives and help our participants learn how to affect positive change within their companies and improve their lives and the lives of their families and employees.

Dynamically promote your products – Facebook & Instagram give Retailers a new way to drive sales

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According to comsocre inc. report, Instagram is the ninth-most popular app and Facebook is the most popular app among U.S. Consumers. By extending dynamic ads to Instagram, advertisers can promote relevant products to shoppers who have browsed their website or mobile app across two platforms where they spend much of their time.

In the US, for example, people are spending the majority (54%) of their time on mobile in mobile apps. Sixty percent of people on Instagram say they discover new products on the platform, while 75% say they’ve taken action after being inspired by a post. Plus, during the 2015 holiday season, nearly 1 in 5 purchases was on mobile, and it’s predicted that this year more than half of people who research travel online will do so on a mobile device.

Facebook expands dynamic ads to Instagram, which it bought in 2012. The social network is also rolling out new targeting tools.

Facebook Inc. today announced plans to bring its dynamic ads—the ad format that lets retailers and other advertisers serve shoppers ads based on the products they looked at on the merchant’s site or app—to Instagram, the increasingly influential social network it bought in 2012.

 Relevance is key in any marketing campaign, but as retail and ecommerce businesses look for better ways to connect with shoppers on mobile, there’s a huge opportunity to offer highly-relevant messages to the people who are browsing and shopping on websites and in mobile apps. To help marketers connect with shoppers in new places, today we’re extending a product to Instagram that many Facebook advertisers are already using with great success: Dynamic Ads.

What is the Dynamic Ads ?

Dynamic ads helps us connect our large product catalog to each unique shopper with relevant and timely product ads. Dynamic ads keep up to date with your business so you only show products that are in stock and at the latest price. And when a purchase is made on your site product ads are automatically turned off, across devices, so you’ll never bother your shoppers with products they’ve already purchased.

Facebook dynamic ads helps you promote relevant products to shoppers browsing your product catalog on your website or mobile app.
  • Scale: Promote all of your products with unique creative without having to configure each individual ad
  • Always-on: Set up your campaigns once and continually reach people with the right product at the right time
  • Cross-device: Reach people with ads on any device they use, regardless of their original touchpoint for your business
  • Highly relevant: Show people ads for products they are interested in order to increase their likelihood to purchase

Tips for successful Dynamic Ads:

  1. Visual: To Attract Audiences
  2. Constant Text: To Get your basic info across, what you do – where you are
  3. Dynamic information: Powered by Twitter or any web service to link with customers.


Tools for Retail and E-Commerce Marketers

Automatically promote relevant products from your entire catalog across any device.
Lead ads make mobile forms simple for people and more valuable for businesses.
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Remarket to people who have already visited your website to continue the conversation.
Use your business contact lists to find and target those same people on Facebook with cross- and up-sell messages.
Learn how conversion lift accurately captures the impact that Facebook ads have in driving business for marketers.
Increase brand awareness and drive people to purchase with Instagram’s end-to-end advertising solution.
Tell your brand’s story, drive awareness and increase purchase intent with sight, sound and motion.

Walmart to compete with the Seattle-based e-commerce giant in online shopping with a 30-day free trial



Wal-Mart, No 4 in the E-commerce  on U.S. Retailers. Today’s launch makes it an attractive alternative to Amazon Prime, which costs $99/year.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping free shipping with two-day delivery will lure more shoppers to WalMart.com. Starting July 1, and in the following weeks, you’re going to see some amazing items at great prices kicking in.

Walmart launched ShippingPass last year as a means of competing with Amazon, though it was confined to a small number of cities across the country. It initially offered three-day shipping. In its latest attempt to square off with Amazon, Walmart is expanding ShippingPass, its unlimited two-day shipping program, and offering a free 30-day trial to all U.S. customers.

The ShippingPass pilot program launched last year and offers free shipping on all orders.

Walmart is also planning an Independence Day sale to coincide with the expanded ShippingPass offerings.

Order fresh groceries online with free same-day pickup and load your car.

Walmart wants to deliver groceries to your door and the grocery giant is getting some help from Uber and Lyft. Walmart will use Uber and Lyft driver for “last-mile” deliveries. When an online order comes through, Walmart employees will gather the products and a Uber or Lyft driver will complete the delivery, which will cost customers an extra $7 to $10.

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E-Commerce Market of 2016

The World’s Second Largest E-Commerce Market Rebounded Big Time in 2016.


E-commerce platforms are the lifeblood of retailers’ online sales success.

Today’s e-commerce platforms often incorporate technology that enables consumers to check real-time inventory counts across channels, track the status of their shipments, read product reviews and deliver streamlined navigation paths so they can quickly find the products they want.

Some platforms also enable retailers to coordinate marketing initiatives across online, mobile and, in the case of retail chains, store channels. Often, these are platforms that are hosted and accessed on the web, or cloud.

American e-retailers looking to grow by attracting new shoppers in a region where online retailing is growing faster than in the U.S.

Food & Beverage and Apparel are two of the fastest growing e-commerce segments. In these highly competitive industries, every actionable insight can be the difference between getting ahead or falling behind.


E-commerce has an edge in European retail sales

European e-commerce sales reached 455 billion euros last year (or more than $508 billion)—which makes Europe the second largest e-commerce market behind China. Trends vary by country, but the biggest web merchants in the region, or those ranked in the new Europe 500, grew online sales by 16.8%–faster than the growth in total European e-commerce sales, not to mention web sales in the U.S. (which grew 14.6% last year).

Salesforce to acquire e-commerce software provider Demandware

Salesforce will introduce a new e-commerce offering to go with its customer relationship management software.

Salesforce, the high-flying provider of cloud-based customer history software, announced today plans to acquire Demandware Inc., the leading cloud-based e-commerce technology provider to larger consumer goods brands and retailers.

Salesforce says the combination will provide Demandware clients with access to Salesforce marketing, analytics, sales and service technology, enabling them to provide consumers with more personalized service.

Saleforce is ranked as the No. 3 North American provider of cloud technology by Forrester Research, with projected 2016 revenue from its cloud service of $7.6 billion.



Solar Power from Sun and Rain

Chinese scientists develop solar panels that work in sun & rain

Scientists in China are developing revolutionary solar cells that couldtrigger electricity from both the sun and rain.

The scientists Qunwei Tang, Xiaopeng Wang, Peizhi Yang, Benlin He from Ocean University of China in Qingdao and Yunnan Normal University in Kunming developed a highly efficient and flexible dye-sensitized solar cell and then coated that cell with a one atom-thick layer of electron-enriched graphene. Dr Qunwei Tang is a full professor of Materials Science at Ocean University of China. His research is focused on dye-sensitized solar cell and electrode materials for advanced energy conversion devices.


The bi-triggered solar cell was assembled on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate by coating a TiO2 anode layer with thickness of around 10 mm, sensitizing with 0.5 mm N719 dye, and an ITO-PET supported Pt (Pt3Ni alloy) counter electrode (CE) for front irradiation and Co(Ni)0.85Se CE for rear irradiation. Subsequently the redox electrolyte having I ¢ /I3 ¢ couples was injected into the interspace between a TiO2 anode and a CE and the solar cell was sealed under hot press.



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The final solar cell architectures that can be excited by sunlight and rain are shown in Figure 1 and the Supporting Information, Figure S1.





Graphene layer could allow solar cells to generate power when it rains.

This phenomenon inspired researchers working with Qunwei Tang to use graphene electrodes to obtain power from the impact of raindrops. Raindrops are not pure water. They contain salts that dissociate into positive and negative ions. The positively charged ions, including sodium, calcium, and ammonium ions, can bind to the graphene surface.


Graphene is a two-dimensional form of carbon in which the atoms are bonded into a honeycomb arrangement. It can be prepared by the oxidation, exfoliation and subsequent reduction of graphite. The material conducts electricity and is rich in electrons that can move freely across the entire layer (delocalized). In aqueous solution, graphene can bind positively charged ions with its electrons (Lewis acid-base interaction), a property used in graphene-based processes to remove lead ions and organic dyes from solutions.

The solar cell can be excited by incidental light on sunny days and raindrops on rainy days, yielding a solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 6.53% under AM 1.5 irradiation and current over microamps, as well as a voltage of hundreds of microvolts by simulated raindrops.

Note: New Renewable Energy Generator Grabs Electricity from Rain as well.

E-commerce Marketplace.

America’s Best Marketers in E-Commerce

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With e-commerce accounting for all of the growth in retailing last year, it’s no wonder the competition among e-retailers to get noticed by consumers in an increasingly competitive marketplace is fierce.

Those days are long gone as many more pieces have been added to the digital marketing puzzle, from the mainstreaming of social media marketing and ad retargeting, personalization, paid search and the swift and dramatic rise of mobile initiatives. The digital marketing today is a very complex and costly puzzle. The pieces: Myriad social media, the proliferation of product listing ads on Google, rapidly changing SEO rules, greater use of personalization in email and new programs targeting smartphone shoppers.

Here are the cold, hard facts source Internet Retailer:
  • Our latest survey of e-retailers shows that 66% are expanding their marketing spend in 2016
  • From the same survey, the biggest publicly-held e-retailers are upping their spending by 20% or more in 2016
  • In just the last year, the percentage of e-commerce marketing messages that were delivered on smartphones grew from 39% to 55%, requiring e-retailers to optimize their marketing to mobile platforms
  • Google increased its inventory of paid ads, thereby reducing the footprint of natural search and making SEO more complicated



America’s Best Marketers in E-Commerce based on their results from Blogs, Search, Social Media and Email Marketing. Discover North America’s leading web merchants in paid and organic search, email and social media marketing. Here is 4 key points:



  1. Ecommerce blog which focuses on delivering the best resources and tools entrepreneurs neneed in order to launch their own business;
  2. Social Media marketing: Social media marketers based on an algorithm that takes 21 metrics into account;
  3. Web merchants’ performance on social, and search;
  4. Email marketing: The best email marketers based on an algorithm designed to highlight, across six criteria, which e-retail websites are getting the biggest return on their email marketing investments and why. The  ranking system uses an algorithm to score web merchants on these 6 data points: how many emails they send per month, the percent of website traffic they receive from email, whether they offer sign-up incentives or not, and a check of whether they send messages after shopping carts are abandoned, optimize emails for mobile, and gather email addresses with pop-up boxes on their home pages.


E-Commerce ranks the leading retailers in social media marketing by weighing 21 data points that together measure four key pieces of the social media puzzle:

  1. The size of each retailer’s following on the five largest social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube);
  2. the retailers’ reach on each of those networks;
  3. the relative engagement of each retailer’s followers—meaning how often they are sharing, commenting or liking retailers’ posts;
  4. the ultimate impact those social fans and followers have on retailers’ e-commerce sales and website traffic.
  5. These are the 20 data points:• 2015 social commerce sales
    • 2015 % of traffic from social networks
    • 2015 monthly visits from social networks
    • 2015 Facebook likes
    • 2015 growth of Facebook likes
    • 2015 avg. Facebook post comments
    • 2015 avg. Facebook post shares
    • 2015 avg. Facebook post likes
    • 2015 Facebook response time (seconds)
    • 2015 Twitter followers count
    • 2015 growth of Twitter followers
    • 2015 avg. retweets
    • 2015 Instagram followers
    • 2015 Pinterest followers
    • 2015 growth of Pinterest followers
    • 2015 YouTube subscribers
    • 2015 growth in YouTube subscribers
    • 2015 YouTube video views
    • Product sharing buttons
    • Refer a friend program
    • Social login

E-Commerce Reaches a Tipping Point


For the first time ever, e-retailers in the U.S. accounted for more than 10% of all retail sales, and America’s biggest and best e-commerce players grew their domestic web sales last year by 14.5%—nearly five times faster than store sales.  Internet Retailer’s all-new 2016 Top 500 Guide® ranks America’s 500 largest e-retailers based on 2015 online sales and reveals how America’s e-commerce market is changing dramatically and in ways that will impact the strategies of all e-retailers.

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There are a number of factors contributing to the growth, including Google Inc.’s increased push to drive consumers to click on ads instead of natural search results, consumers increasingly using their mobile devices to search, which is forcing retailers to devote more ad dollars to mobile search ads, and a more competitive e-commerce landscape that’s resulting in more players bidding on the same key-words.



As more consumers use their smartphones to shop, retailers are also increasingly turning to image-focused Products Listing Ads, which explains why spending on PLAs on Google more than tripled year over year, according to digital marketing firm Merkle. Advertisers vying for smartphone users’ attention helped drive the cost per thousand impressions, or CPM, up 57 % on Cyber Monday and 51 % on the day before Thanksgiving, which were the most dramatic smartphone display ads increases during the quarter.


The Amazon factor: The company has grown exponentially, it has become a dominant force in the retail world, and it continues to expand the reach of its universe. America’s e-retail leader keeps growing its market share. What impact is the web’s number-one player having on the rest of the e-commerce world? Amazon, omnichannel retailers making use of stores fuel growth. Online marketplace data helps Amazon find products it can launch and sell under the AmazonBasics brand, much to the chagrin of other merchants. Not only is Amazon.com by far the largest U.S. retailer in terms of online sales, it’s also growing faster than e-commerce as a whole. And e-commerce is growing must faster than retail sales in stores.

The marketplaces factor: Amazon’s and other online marketplaces are giving thousands of smaller retailers a huge new competitive tool for growing their sales. Find out how these rapidly growing marketplaces are impacting online retail.

According to source Forrester, online sales will eclipse $ 530 billion by 2020. Retailers making better use of their stores to fulfill online orders will help fuel growth.

The chain stores: More than any prior year, the Top 500 shows which leading retail store chains are building world-class e-retailing arms and which have been paying dearly for failing to prioritize their online business.



Source: Forrester, Internet Retailer

The Amazon factor: America’s e-retail leader keeps growing its market share. What impact is the web’s number-one player having on the rest of the e-commerce world? Amazon, omnichannel retailers making use of stores fuel growth. Online marketplace data helps Amazon find products it can launch and sell under the AmazonBasics brand, much to the chagrin of other merchants. Not only is Amazon.com by far the largest U.S. retailer in terms of online sales, it’s also growing faster than e-commerce as a whole. And e-commerce is growing must faster than retail sales in stores.

The marketplaces factor: Amazon’s and other online marketplaces are giving thousands of smaller retailers a huge new competitive tool for growing their sales. Find out how these rapidly growing marketplaces are impacting online retail.



Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Internet Retailer, Amazon.com Inc

Retail Chains vs Web-Only:

In 2011, web sales of web-only e-retailers surpassed web sales by retail chains. The gap has continued to widen as the web sales of web-only retailers grow at a much faster rate than retail chains.


Source: Forrester, Internet Retailer


What is Sustainability Labels on Food Products

What is sustainability labels on food products ?

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Sustainability labeling on food and drink products informs consumers about environmental and ethical issues related to food choice and consumption. The third party certification company confirms the legitimacy of claims made by food producers and distributors, thus ensuring that the food labels are meaningful.

Sustainability labels, also give consumers the opportunity to take into account environmental and ethical considerations when making food choices. Without such labels, taking into account such factors is still possible – for example, by preferring locally produced products because of a belief that transportation of food over long distances is not good for the environment – but rests on uncertain grounds and needs more indirect inferences from other product characteristics (like the origin of the food).

Making sustainability labels available on food products opens up new ways of making choices for consumes, and how motivation and understanding together impact on use of these labels.

Understanding of the concept of sustainability was limited, but understanding of four selected labels:

  1. Fair Trade Certified,
  2. Rain forest Alliance,
  3. Carbon Footprint,
  4. Food Alliance Certified.

Understanding of four sustainability labels on food products.

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 Carbon Footprint Trust – 100g CO2

 Fairtrade Certified

Minimising chemical emissions when producing goods Ensuring better prices. decent working conditions and good terms for producers

Reducing deforestation of the rain forest

Ensuring that no child labour is used in the production process
Using land and water as efficiently as possible to avoid environmental damage Working to achieve lower prices for consumers
Supporting the production of more local/regional goods Ensuring good prices and working conditions for retailers an
Improve packaging and recycling options Ensuring that the food produced is distributed in a fair way
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 Rainforest Alliance Certified

 Food Alliance Certified Producers

Promoting sustainable agriculture to help farmers, while protecting the local environment Provide safe and fair working conditions
Minimising (soil) contamination when producing food Practice integrated pest management to minimize pesticide us and toxicity
Protecting wildlife in the rain forest Conserve soil and water resources
Reducing the amount of packaging used Protect biodiversity and wildlife habitat
Using land and water as efficiently as possible to avoid environmental damage Promoting sustainable agriculture to help farmers. while protecting the local environment and continually improve practices

% of respondents selecting statement as correctly describing the label. Correct answers are in bold.

What is the benefit of Sustainability Labels on food products ?

Waste reduction, speedier processes, and longer-lasting consumables. All of this translates into lower operating costs, which we are able to pass on to our customers in the form of surprisingly competitive pricing.

What is Carbon Footprint trust ?

  • An all-digital, color-managed workflow has eliminated the need for costly & wasteful proofing systems.
  • Digitally imaged printing plates are developed in  “Chem-free” processor which uses only non-toxic processing fluids that have a longer lifespan than traditional, more toxic chemicals.
  • Computerized press controls deliver accurate color fast, minimizing make ready waste and allowing us to tightly monitor quality and consistency throughout the print run.
  • Digital print capabilities for short-run jobs allow us to print only the quantity needed. In addition to the best quality available, our HP Indigo press offers non-toxic, long-lifespan consumables and uses considerably less energy than competing technologies.
  • Computerized bindery equipmentreduces waste and minimizes errors
  • In-house mailingand close proximity to a USPS sorting facility eliminates unnecessary transit for mailing jobs.
  • Eco-friendly large format solutions from HP feature recyclable consumables and materials.
  • Sustainability graphic design label printing piece include:
    • Serves multiple purposes and maximizes shelf life
    • Raises awareness by displaying environmental specs
    • Limits ink coverage and areas of solid color
    • Is printed by a printer that has environmental certification
    • Uses recycled and/or FSC-certified paper that was processed chlorine-free
    • Uses soy- and vegetable-based inks and avoids metallic inks
    • Avoids foil stamping, thermography, and lamination
    • Uses up-to-date mailing lists that accurately target your audience
  • Full Color Offset Ink

    100% Vegetable-Based Inks.

    Rather than use a traditional, cheaper, petroleum base, Jakprints uses soy- and vegetable-based inks. Our ink contains more than 30% vegetable oil and a minimum of 55% bio-derived, renewable and sustainable raw materials. It is formulated without petroleum ink solvent and has extremely low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making it an environmentally friendly choice.

    Water-based, aqueous coatings make our offset products 100% biodegradable.


    We recycle all paper trimmings, unused paper products and press runs that do  not meet our high quality standards.

    Our warehouse papers and boxes are warehoused by the truckload, reducing semi-truck deliveries significantly.


    Reduce landfill waste, use distribute ink to presses.

    100% recyclable aluminum plates from our offset press are collected and recycled monthly.


    Shipping & Packaging

    Whenever possible, vendor boxes are reused in order to minimize the need for new boxes in our apparel division.

    All branded and unbranded shipping boxes are produced with at least 90% recycled material. Any virgin content is from Responsibly Forestedsources.

    Responsibly Forested Paper

    All papers are sourced from well-managed forests certified by one of the three major organizations who follow the trees, pulp and paper through the entire chain of custody.

What is Fair Trade Certified

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers, and enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. (AWA)

What is Food Alliance Certified ?

Food Alliance provides a sustainability standard for food handling operations – including packers, processors, and distributors.

Food Alliance is the most experienced sustainable agriculture certifier in the United States – with two decades of experience developing and maintaining comprehensive sustainability standards and criteria for a wide range of agricultural products, including fruits, vegetables, grains, livestock, eggs, dairy, shellfish, mushrooms, grains, legumes, horticultural products, and prepared food products made with Food Alliance Certified ingredients.

Food Alliance Certified Handlers:

  • handlersealProvide safe and fair working conditions
  • Reduce use of toxic and hazardous materials
  • Reduce and recycle waste
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Ensure quality control and safety
  • Continually improve practices
  • Pack, prepare, and/or distribute Food Alliance Certified products

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Strategies aiming to reduce the use of chemical pesticides through careful monitoring for actual pest threats. Pesticides are applied in ways to pose the least possible hazard, and are used as a last resort when other controls are found inadequate. (FMC)


Food irradiation is the process of exposing food to radiant energy in order to reduce or eliminate bacteria, therefore making it more resistant to spoilage. Food is most often irradiated commercially to reduce the numbers of pathogenic microorganisms, to extend shelf-life, or to eliminate insect pests. Food that has been irradiated must either have “irradiated” as part of the product name or be labeled with the claim “treated with irradiation” or “treated with radiation” and also display the Radura symbol. The FDA requires labeling on whole irradiated fruits and vegetables. However, the FDA does not require the “treated with irradiation” label on processed foods made with irradiated ingredients or on spices.  The USDA’s rules regarding labeling of irradiated foods are similar to the FDA’s regulations, but only apply to meat and poultry. However, unlike the FDA, the USDA requires that irradiated meat ingredients in multi-ingredient products, such as sausages, must be listed in the ingredients on the package. (AWA)

Pesticide free/no spray

Implies that no pesticide residue can be found on the crop. It does not address if pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides were applied at other points in production. No independent third party verification. (AWA)


United Airline Uses Biofuel for Regular Flights from LAX to SFO


Bringing biofuels to LAX

United is making history by bringing commercial-scale, low-carbon, renewable jet fuel to our Los Angeles hub, in partnership with AltAir Fuels and Honeywell UOP. Using technology from Honeywell UOP, AltAir retrofitted a largely idled refinery in Paramount, California, into an advanced biofuel facility that produces 30 million gallons per year. This has brought new clean-energy jobs to the area.



The AltAir facility converts feedstock, such as agricultural wastes, and non-edible natural oils into low-carbon advanced biofuels. The renewable jet fuel is expected to provide more than a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis when compared to traditional jet fuel.

UAL has collaborated with AltAir since 2009, with a shared goal of bringing an ongoing source of sustainable aviation biofuels to an airport. United has agreed to buy up to 15 million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period, with the potential to purchase more. As the first commercial-scale purchase of alternative jet fuels by a U.S. airline that incorporates biofuels into regular operations, this accomplishment represents a historic milestone for aviation.


United Airline launches Sustainable Aviation Biofuel for Regular flights with B

A United Airlines eco-skies jet. United Airlines on Friday began sing commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled.

United Airlines is now using sustainable aviation biofuels on regular commercial flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This makes United one of the first U.S. airlines committed tocommercial-scale volumes of biofuel beyond demonstration and test flights. Stored and delivered in the same way as traditional aviation fuel, the bio-blend features 30% renewable jet fuel and 70% conventional jet kerosene.

United Airlines announced on Friday that it plans to power thousands of commercial flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco with biofuel created from farm waste like animal fats and oils.

Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

While a handful of airlines have flown individual flights using a variety of types of biofuels, this is among the first times that an airline is committing to power a large number of commercial flights. If all goes well, a biofuel blend is supposed to be used for all of United’s jet fuel supply at Los Angeles International Airport.

United is using the biofuel from AltAir Fuels to replace 30% of its petroleum-based fuel for the L.A. flights over the next couple of weeks. This morning a flight took off from Los Angeles to San Francisco powered by the biofuel. Fulcrum Bioenergy isn’t supposed to produce its biofuel commercially for United until 2018.

AltAir’s Paramount, California-based refinery converts sustainable feedstocks, like non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes, into low-carbon, renewable jet fuel. This biofuel is price-competitive with traditional, petroleum-based jet fuel, but achieves a greater than 60 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions on a life cycle basis when compared to traditional jet fuel.

What are sustainable aviation biofuels?

The difference is in the source material, or feedstock. Whereas conventional jet fuel is derived from crude oil, sustainable aviation biofuels can be derived from sources like non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes. The AltAir facility converts this feedstock into sustainably produced jet fuel that is expected to provide a greater than 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to fuel produced from crude oil. The fuel will be blended at 30 percent biofuel and 70 percent traditional fuel, and will be certified to the same performance standard as traditional jet fuel (ASTM Standard D-1655). The Federal Aviation Administration has deemed this fuel as acceptable for use on aircraft, provided it meets ASTM specifications. AltAir is pursuing certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) – a global sustainability standard and certification system that recognizes biomass and biofuel producers that adhere to strict social responsibility and environmental criteria.

Fulcrum BioEnergy system:

This biofuel is produced through an innovative, clean and efficient thermochemical process, and it has a greater than 80 percent reduction in lifecycle carbon emissions compared to conventional jet fuel. Fulcrum will reduce our carbon footprint, divert waste from landfills and create new jobs at the Fulcrum facilities located in the communities.


From trash to take off

Instead of household waste going to a landfill, it will now be delivered to a Fulcrum facility and converted into sustanable aviation biofuel.

  1. Trash is collected and delivered to a Fulcrum facility…
  2. where it is processed and converted into sustainable aviation biofuel.
  3. The drop-in fuel meets United’s technical requirements.
  4. Fulcrum’s fuel is 80% less carbon intensive than traditional fuel on a life cycle basis.
  1. Clean
  2. Scalable
  3. Efficient
  4. Reliable
Total trash placed in U.S. landfills in one year
Energy equivalent of 10 billion gallons of oil (3 times United’s total annual fuel use)
The average American produces nearly 1 ton of garbage a year
That’s 65 gallons of biofuels processed by Fulcrum