• Packaging Notions

    Packaging Notions

    Keith Barnes, Chairman The Packaging Society, looks back at recent packaging shows and exhibitions and what we can learn from them Now the exhibition season is more than half way through, it’s a good time to take stock. Packaging activity is still moving forward at a terrific pace, with many new seminars and conferences on offer

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  • Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    Kate Fischer, our new columnist, looks at The ins and outs of beauty packaging and what it can teach us Beauty is a fascinating category. It’s highly personal, dealing with what we’re most particular about – our hair, face and body. So consumers take extra care when choosing products and are willing to pay a

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  • Neil says..

    Neil says..

    Neil Farmer discusses the emerging markets slowdown and why it isn’t all bad news for the industry … Over the past six years I have visited many emerging world economies and seen first-hand the developments in their packaging industries. In China, for example, I witnessed huge investment in infrastructure, new operations and new technology expansion, and

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  • The Last Word

    The Last Word

    ‘A Hybrid of Inconvenience’ by Martin Leeming, CEO of TrakRap   Evidence shows that reliance on the traditional weekly ‘big shop’ is diminishing and shoppers are instead making regular, often daily, visits to smaller convenience stores to meet the demands of increasingly busy lifestyles. Convenience stores are set to increase by 22% to £20.2bn by 2020, ‘meal

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  • Packaging Notions

    Packaging Notions

    Keith Barnes, Chairman The Packaging Society, discusses the sustainability concept and differing levels of involvement … Sustainability has no agreed definition. British Standards tried but were unsuccessful. It has different meanings depending on who one talks to in the supply chain or any other industry. Having said that, within the packaging world, I like to use it

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  • Designer’s Den

    Designer’s Den

    Steven Anderson discusses how packs are a permanent fixture in marketing campaigns American marketing guru E. Jerome McCarthy devised the ‘Four Ps’ classification in 1960, which has since been used by marketers throughout the world. The ‘Product’ category has always included packaging, but recent campaigns have led me to wonder if perhaps our specialist niche

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  • Efficiency deficiencies

    Efficiency deficiencies

    Jim Barker discusses how the packaging sector can help take the pressure off in the supply chain Globalisation has resulted in the tremendous growth of international trade over the past few decades, and the logistics sector has coped well with that continual growth in demand. But as developing economies boom and trading expands globally, and

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  • Neil says..

    Neil says..

    Neil Farmer says environmental developments will aid the continual rise of the pouch packs … I was speaking at a seminar at Camden BRI, Chipping Campden, earlier in the year on Innovations in the Drinks Packaging market. The whole sector is now full of innovative new packs and after the economic downturn of 2008-2013 things

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  • Glass is class

    Glass is class

    Lynn Sidebottom believes glass is still the number one choice for most With its health and environmental advantages and its long pedigree, glass is hard to beat as a premium packaging material. Look on any supermarket shelf and you will see a bewildering array of packaging designs, colours, styles and materials. Modern consumers are interested

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