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7 Tips for Custom Retail Packaging That Defines Your Brand

Creating an exceptional experience for your customers extends beyond the purchasing process; it even goes into the packaging and delivery of your products arriving at their house. Although the sales conversion has already been made,...

Flexible Packaging Industry Growth Accelerates

The annual “State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report,” recently released by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), provides industry converters, suppliers, investors, and analysts with insight into the performance of the U.S. flexible packaging industry...

FPA Recognizes Members Celebrating Milestones. Companies Offer Insights into Challenges, Opportunities.

In the milestone years that roll around in intervals of five, we look back and look ahead. The flexible packaging industry has always been subject to the whims of market forces, but the groundswell of...

What Most Concerns You for the Future? Thought Leader Survey Highlights Legislation, Other Issues.

Every three years, Michigan-based packaging consultant PTIS, LLC sends detailed surveys to leaders throughout the packaging value chain to get their insights into the future. The survey isn’t a simple email blast to random con­tacts....

5 Ways to Enhance Foodservice Packaging Sustainability

Sustainability has become a catch-all term, and it has created lots of confusion on the part of foodservice providers and consumers alike. To some, being sustainable translates to “going green,” which itself is a vague...

How Can the Packaging Industry Engage with Disability-led Design?

Several consumer goods companies – including high-profile Unilever and Procter & Gamble brands – have unveiled what they refer to as inclusive or accessible packaging designs in the last few years. These companies often assert...

How Consumers are Reshaping Packaging Sustainability

Climate change. Circular economy. Carbon footprint. Packaging sustainability continues to evolve as we learn more about our environment and as consumer sentiment shifts. People-watcher and packaging design guru Tom Newmaster answers burning questions about these...

Automation Takes Hold

More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted traditional methods of training workers, flexible packaging companies continue fine-tuning their approaches that rely on technology to limit face-to-face contact. The changes also account for the...

Manufacturing Month Creates Opportunities to Focus on Workforce Issues

October is Manufacturing Month, with October 7 being National Manufacturing Day. This creates an opportunity for Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) members to highlight careers in the manufacturing industry, frame the issues and broadly educate policymakers...

IoPP Salary Survey Respondents Starting to Seek Greener Pastures

The annual Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Salary Survey is always a revealing benchmarking tool. But this year, the 2022 edition offers a particularly interesting snapshot of an industry and a workforce in flux. After...

What’s Happening in Digital Printing for Packaging?

Digital printing for packaging applications continues to advance, enhancing production flexibility and packaging design creativity for converters, as well as for brand owners that do their own on-demand printing and labeling. Recent market research shows...

Planning Your E-Comm Package’s Funeral: Considerations for Designing for End of Life

As is the case with virtually every topic that relates to packaging today, sustainability was a major focus of this year’s E-Pack Europe conference, held June 14 and 15 in Amsterdam. In fact, sustainability was...

The Future of Packaging is Flexible

According to research by intelligence firm Markets & Markets, the global flexible plastic packaging category is projected to grow from $160.8 billion in 2020 to $200.5 billion by 2025. During the pandemic, several consumer trends...

2 Packaging Trends That Are Defining 2022

As a veteran packaging journalist, it’s rare for me to be on the other side of the microphone — that is, answering questions instead of asking them. But at this spring’s IME West event —...

Package Design Innovating to Match New Consumer Trends

Consumer trends have shifted in the past few years, and many businesses are adapting their product packaging to meet these new priorities. Consumer trends are evolving compared to just a few years ago, and package...

Cyberthieves Target Manufacturers

Dawn Cappelli has seen just about everything when it comes to cybercrimes. She knows that smaller businesses along the manufac­turing supply chain make a grave mistake if they think they aren’t targets. “The first thing...

Aluminum Foil Shortage Intensifies

Flexible packaging companies may have been hoping this year would bring relief to a stubborn shortage of aluminum foil. However, relief does not appear likely anytime soon. Economic and political events are continuing to come...

Proactive Insurance Protects Against Cyber Attacks

After Paul Hartgen was charged with finding new products and services to assist members of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), he helped develop various initiatives that would increase member value and make NAM a...

Partnerships: One Path to Training to Ease Talent Shortages

Pick your industry. Some long-timers are realizing that the next generation of expertise their teams require isn’t being groomed as they need it. Yet, market conditions continue to change and knowledgeable staff veterans continue to...

Amazon: Transformational Change in E-comm Packaging Begins Upstream

At E-Pack Europe 2022, Amazon’s Jeremy Long explains how true innovation around e-commerce packaging requires an upstream strategy that involves both the product and the packaging. The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon knows a bit...

ProAmpac: Trends Drive Healthcare Product Packaging

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, ProAmpac examined major trends in healthcare and their potential impacts on pharmaceutical and medical device packaging. The company spotted four main trends: direct-to-consumer services (DTC), especially virtual healthcare...

Half of UK Consumers Are Prepared to Pay More for Environmentally Friendly Packaging

New research with UK consumers by Aquapak, a speciality polymers business that develops materials intended to enable a circular economy, reveals that more than half (52%) would be prepared to pay more for environmentally friendly...

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...

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...

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