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Post-it brand from 3M introduces Post-it Big Pads

BY Jason Owen

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Post-it brand from 3M announces the launch of Post-it Big Pads, the company announced this weekend at the SXSW 2013 trade show.

Post-It Big Pads are available in three sizes and colors, including 11-in.-by-11-in. bright yellow, 15-in.-by-15-in. fuchsia and 22-in.-by-22-in. electric blue. Post-it Big Pads can be used together and with Post-it Notes, Post-it Full Adhesive Notes and Post-it Full Adhesive Rolls to create a customized system for sharing ideas with others. Each Post-it Big Pad includes 30 sheets that stick to smooth, vertical surfaces and have a hard backing for transportability.

"In an increasingly techie world, sometimes the most organic and fundamental way to share ideas with others is to go back to basics," said technology and lifestyle expert Katie Linendoll. "The Post-it Big Pad is a brainstorming tool that enhances innovation and creativity by capturing the many ideas of a group or individual on one collaborative, inspirational canvas."

"The Post-it Brand is all about finding new ways to help people make the most of their days with products that trigger both efficiency and creativity," said Jeff Hillins, director of marketing for Post-it Brand. "The new Post-it Big Pads facilitate better communication and help ideas standout through connectivity with others in a more personal, authentic way.’

Attendees at this year’s SXSW trade show will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with Post-it Big Pads at the Post-it Brand booth. Attendees are invited to "Fill the White Space," and discover how Post-it Big Pads can unleash your creativity by helping to fill the booth with color and ideas. The Post-it Brand booth is open from Sunday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 13 and is located between aisles 700 to 800 near exhibitor services.

Post-it Big Pads are available at office supply stores or online.

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Ahold starts 500 million-euro share-buyback program

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM — Ahold is buying back about $650 million worth of shares, with plans to finalize the deal within 12 months, the Dutch retail company said Monday.

Ahold — which operates the Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle and Giant-Landover supermarket banners and the Peapod online grocery service in the United States through its Ahold USA subsidiary — said the purpose of the share-buyback program was to return value to shareholders.

The company said the program would be executed within the limitations of existing authority granted at the its 2012 annual shareholder meeting and possibly authority proposed to shareholders at its annual meeting this year, which will take place in April.

 

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Stanley celebrates 50 years of PowerLock tape measure with special editions

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Stanley Tools is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its launch of the PowerLock tape measure line by releasing a limited-edition series of five tape measures featuring new designs to highlight its history, the company said Friday.

The tributes include a replication of the original "Life Guard Yellow" design; a "Made in the USA" version; a version that celebrates its inclusion in the lunar landing gear of the Apollo 11; an homage to the "Badge of the Professional" name; and a nod to the company’s legacy of invention. The D-shaped PowerLock design was introduced in 1963 and included the world’s first coinable spring and sliding lock.

"We are excited to celebrate our heritage of innovation and proud of the fact that it continues to be manufactured with global materials in the original plant here in New Britain, Conn., USA," Stanley global product manager Tom Chang said. The tape measures will be available this month for $9.99.

 

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