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Three Tips for Chief Procurement Officers Navigating Packaging Shortages

Gartner, Inc. provides tactics for chief procurement officers attempting to deal with packaging material shortages amidst supply instability and rising costs. Supply instability and rising costs are prompting chief procurement officers (CPOs) to adopt new...

What Do We Want From EPR?

Last year two states, Oregon and Maine, enacted extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging laws. By the time you read this, Hawaii may have joined them. Several other state legislatures are still considering EPR, while...

All Sides Agree: Workforce Issues Need Solutions

Before the pandemic, workforce issues were a growing concern for Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) member companies. For several years, the industry faced the initial phase of the massive exit from the labor pool of retiring...

E-Commerce Evolves: As Pandemic Wanes, Deeper Trends Emerge

The explosion of e-commerce over the last two years fueled a burst of creativity that will leave a lasting mark on flexible packaging, even if online sales retreat from their pandemic-era highs. The mark is...

FPA Monitors EPA Regulations of Chemicals

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of manufactured chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1940s due to their useful properties. There are thousands of different PFAS, some...

More States Ponder Packaging Policies

2021 witnessed landmark passage of new laws on recycling and packaging policy, and 2022 is becoming a year of conflicting state perspectives over potential new laws that will govern how flexible packag­ing is made and...

At the Judges’ Table: Experts Acknowledge Fresh Looks and Designs

Three judges in the annual packaging compe­tition sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) examine the wrapping of the Celebrate HerSHEy’s Bar, a version of the iconic candy company’s mainstay. The design set off the...

Euromonitor Identifies Top E-Commerce Trends

The COVID-19 pandemic altered consumer behavior largely by accelerating trends that were already gaining traction, particularly in e-commerce. The question for retail brands and their vendors is to what degree consumers will stick to their...

Contest Judges Offer Insights on Issues

The judges for the 66th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition have been involved in the packaging industry for decades. Jim Peters, Brian Ludwick, and Martin Golden brought their varied careers in academia, publishing, and...

3 Ways Packaging Operations Can Survive The Great Resignation

The United States has one of the fastest growing packaging markets in the world and is expected to have an annual growth rate of 3.5% between 2021 to 2026. In March 2022, the United States...

5 Trends for Industrial Inkjet Printing in 2022

Inkjet printing reduces prepress costs and make-ready waste while offering mass customization and shorter production runs. We identified these five trends and opportunities that address the fragile foundation of consumer demand and regulatory requirements.

Packaging Possibilities: How Will Shopping in the Metaverse Change Packaging Design?

One of the hottest holiday gifts last year was a virtual reality set for gaming. Globally, the VR gaming market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% from 2020...

FDA Proposed Rule for Traceability—Are You Prepared?

Perishable items and nut butters will be among foods requiring increased traceability records under FDA proposed ruling expected later this year. Automation, increased due diligence, and additional staffing are in offing for affected food processors....

FPA Announces 2022 Flexible Packaging Achievement Award Winners

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the leading advocate and voice for the growing U.S. flexible packaging industry, is pleased to announce the winners of its 66th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition. The winning entries...

Sterile Packaging Day Celebrates Industry’s Collaborative Spirit

Despite the challenges of the last two-plus years, the sterile packaging community remains steadfast in its commitment to protect and serve patients and their caregivers. Every stakeholder — from regulatory agencies and manufacturers to sterilization...

5 Package Design Best Practices for Today

As more than half of consumers in the US are likely to switch to new products in case the ones they normally use have unsatisfactory packaging, it becomes evident that package design matters quite a...

5 Ways Digital Printing Solves Cannabis Packaging Challenges

The cannabis market is expanding rapidly. About one third of US residents live in a state with access to recreational cannabis, and 37 states allow medical cannabis. In Canada and Mexico, marijuana is legal for...

6 Things Heavily Influencing Flexible Packaging

As we covered in our annual Executive Forecast for 2022, the pandemic may not be at the forefront of everyone’s minds directly, but its ripple effects are still spreading outward. Those ripples are impacting the...

3D Testing Could Save Time, Money

The search for packaging alternatives can be frustrating because of the cumbersome methods of designing and testing materials under various shipping and distribution scenarios. However, if those tests could be done virtually, a company could...

The Latest Innovation Techniques Driving the Sustainable Packaging Industry

Packaging is an integral part of a product in today’s developed world. And yet, with today’s environmental concerns, reducing waste and energy usage while increasing overall product sustainability has been the priority. A major challenge...

Top 10 Sustainability Trends for Consumer Packaging in 2022

‘Eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainable’ have both become climate change buzzwords in recent years, increasingly used by brands in campaigns to promote their climate-saving credentials, The main issue with this is that many of these brands are...

5 Sustainable Packaging Trends to Watch in 2022

As more and more consumers become environmentally conscious, it’s vital for businesses to embrace sustainability in their packaging. In fact, this should be a priority among businesses across all niches, as statistics show that more...

E-commerce Trends and Packaging

The pandemic-driven surge in e-commerce sales has resulted in an increased number of packages crossing the threshold of people’s homes — and packaging is a critical component as the e-commerce industry continues to expand at...

Packaging in the Covid Era

Post COVID, the fresh food industry can see clearly that the struggle between time and distance must be solved, as well as protecting the supplies and goods as they move through the chain, said Jeff...

Amazon Revs Up Ecommerce Packaging Designs

Ecommerce packaging development and improvement took another leap forward in June 2021, when Amazon announced an expansion of its Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) program. Now, half a year later, we not only get a progress update,...

Solving Packaging Format Challenges: Communication is Key

When CPGs and OEMs discussed challenges surrounding packaging formats, designs, and materials, most said improving industry partnerships is the solution. As consumers and legislators demand more environmentally friendly packaging, and e-commerce continues to drive new...

The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Printing Systems

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it created a shift in the already expanding e-commerce market. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, U.S. online retail sales grew from less than 10% in...

6 Trends That Will Dominate Coffee Packaging in 2022

If the last two years have shown us anything, it’s that no number of restrictions will decrease people’s coffee consumption. Unable to visit their favorite cafe for that daily (or multiple-times-a-day) caffeine fix, many have...

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