• Ensuring the Christmas period brings retailers good tidings

    You may have recently read the news that retailers in the UK are expected to lose £1 billion over the Christmas period, as a result of shoplifting, dishonest employees and vendor distribution losses. Clearly, that’s a bad situation for retailers, but it’s also bad news for honest shoppers across the country, with research indicating that

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  • Weighing up the risks of innovation

    As we entered the recession in 2007 a new word of the moment emerged – efficiency. Retailers increasingly needed products quickly to meet demand and manufacturers simply had to respond or risk losing business. Today, efficiency continues to be a critical requirement of any production line, placing an increasing burden on weighing and bagging lines

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  • Innovating to succeed

    There are a number of pressing challenges facing the UK packaging industry, including the difficulty in bringing new innovations to market and the need to create lighter, more environmentally friendly packs, without compromising on product protection. It’s perhaps not entirely accurate to view these as two standalone problems – were it easier to launch innovations,

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  • A source of improved profits

    Of the many technological developments offering benefits to FMCG companies and retailers, one practice proving particularly key is source tagging. Put simply, source tagging involves security tags being applied to a product’s packaging during the manufacturing process. The advantages this offers retailers are less easily summarised, extending to everything from an improved shopper experience to

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  • The central role played by checkweighers in packaging

    The consequences of a package containing either too much, or too little of a product, can lead to a serious loss of revenue and reputational damage. Customers will not tolerate inconsistencies in their purchases. They have certain expectations based on historic buying patterns which means each product must be consistent with the description, including weights

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  • Food and Drink industry shows the way – but what’s next?

    Like many industry professionals, I was delighted to read earlier this month that the food and drink industry has made significant strides towards the waste reduction targets set out by the Courtauld Commitment and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action programme). The greatest improvement was seen in the supply chain, where a reduction of 8.8% was

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