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Opal Australian Paper says 'no decisions will be made until the consultation is complete' regarding operations at its Maryvale copy paper mill; Opal may have to idle mill amid hardwood pulp log shortage after court forces VicForests to halt harvesting

Tiktok is outsourcing some operations to boost e-commerce, including partnership with logistics firm Yunexpress to help globalize its social commerce offering, as well as with Dutch e-commerce service Channel Engine to integrate, distribute order catalogs

PCA temporarily idles Jackson, Alabama, paper mill, lays off nearly all 400-plus workers due to economic conditions, lower demand for products, high inventories of linerboard; in 2021, mill converted one PM from white paper production to linerboard

Commentary: As economic outlook darkens, many companies holding off on layoffs but also choosing not to fill open positions; trend makes shrinking workforce less costly, but could contribute to slower job growth in months ahead, increase odds of recession

XPO Logistics offers voluntary furloughs to drivers, dockworkers at some terminals during the holidays based on softening volumes; company did not specify which locations to be affected, expects furloughed employees to return by end of January

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