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Aggressive Expense Management Saved Meredith 40M


first_imgWhile most executives refused to speak on the record about the rash of layoffs and overall panic in the magazine industry, one, Meredith’s Art Slusark, actually did (although, keep in mind, he is a spokesperson for the company).Here’s his unedited take:We are in a very tough economic environment overall, and for media companies in particular.  Visibility is very low, and it’s difficult to predict the duration of the current advertising downturn. It is equally difficult to forecast how advertising budgets, which generally reset with the start of the new calendar year, will change as we begin Calendar 2009. We do believe current marketplace trends are cyclical, not structural.  Data related to advertising spending and consumer media usage supports this position. Given the current economic environment, we are putting increased emphasis on aggressively managing expenses across the company.  Despite 22 percent higher paper prices, total company expenses declined 3 percent in the first quarter of quarter fiscal 2009, which ended September 30, 2008. Excluding acquisitions, total company expenses declined 5 percent. Our strategic sourcing initiative has saved us more than $40 million in vendor costs.  We are only filling essential open positions.While the weak economy continues to significantly impact the demand for advertising, the other fundamentals of our business remain strong.  Our circulation metrics are solid. Our non-advertising related businesses, particularly Meredith Integrated Marketing and brand licensing, are posting strong revenue and profit growth.Meredith is executing a three-pronged performance improvement plan to address the current environment. Our strategies include:1. Special sales incentives and new marketing programs to maximize market share in our core publishing and broadcasting businesses; 2. Aggressive expense management, including tight control of labor and vendor costs; and 3. Revenue diversification initiatives to accelerate growth of new revenue streams, many of which are not dependent on traditional advertising.  These include the aforementioned integrated marketing and brand licensing operations, both of which we’ve expanded significantly in the last two years.  We’ve also invested in new tools and platforms across our 40+ Web sites and broadened the reach of Meredith Video Solutions – our in-house video creation unit.last_img read more


Buddy Bench Installed At Shawsheen Elementary School


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a recent School Committee Meeting, Shawsheen Elementary School Principal Lisa King announced the installation of a “Buddy Bench” at her school.Students utilize the bench during recess when they are having difficulty finding a friend or group to play with. If a child is seen sitting alone on the bench, classmates are trained to approach the child and ask him or her to play.King introduced the three students — Julianna, Liam and Craig — who wrote letters to the school’s guidance counselor, asking for such a bench. The students read their letters to the School Committee.“Mrs. Gibbs, out Guidance Counselor, worked all summer to make this happen,” King told the Committee.King also thanked the Wilmington Educational Foundation and the Cottini Family for funding the project, and Wilmington DPW for installing the bench.The school’s Technology Integration Specialist, Kim Provensal, worked with students to create a video highlighting the five rules surrounding the use of the bench. All students watched the video during a recent school-wide assembly.The video was screened for the Committee and can be viewed HERE. (The required password is 0302.)“In second grade, these young leaders came up with the idea,” said King. “In third grade, they helped create the video.”“Thank you for sharing your letters and your video,” responded School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.A Buddy Bench was also installed at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center at the end of last school year.(NOTE: Cover photo of bench is from Provensal’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBoutwell Early Childhood Center Adds A “Buddy Bench”In “Education”50+ PERSONNEL CHANGES: Who Joined & Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer?In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”last_img read more