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Quality and Innovation in Packaging

Posted by Joe Spitz on Sep 19, 2011 6:59:00 AM

My wife returned from her business trip to Las Vegas with a gift for me. Elaine said the trade show she visited was fascinating, but my mind was focused on the shiny gift bag she held in her hand.

The smallish, designer, bottom and side gusseted, heavy card stock bag is a distinguished, full-color print to match the color scheme of the product inside. From the flat bottom, the shape tapers inward toward the opening, which features a die cut handle and ribbon closure. Inside the bag is a box surrounded by clear shrink wrap.

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Topics: better packaging, good packaging matters, innovation in packaging

Packaging Innovation and Steve Jobs

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Sep 1, 2011 6:04:00 AM

There are 313 patents under the name "Apple" that include Steve Jobs' name on the inventor list. Including patents for packaging, according to a recent New York Times article by Shan Carter.

Are you surprised?

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Topics: American manufacturing, packaging innovation

Protective Packaging, the Unsung Hero of Consumer Packaged Goods

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Aug 30, 2011 6:23:00 AM

I asked Simon Twilley of Pack TV to supply me with a blog post topic. His quick answer was this: "Protective Packaging, the unsung hero of Consumer Packaged Goods, or Fast Moving Consumer Goods". While his alternative title, "Why All That Arty Farty Brand Stuff Would Never Get To The Shelf Without Protective Packaging" was a bit tongue-in-cheek, the topic is valid, as new materials, converting methods, printing, and labeling flood the consumer marketplace.

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Topics: retail packaging, protective packaging

Why Good Customer Service Matters

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Aug 25, 2011 6:40:00 AM

A recent article from retail packaging powerhouse and fellow Twitterer Nashville Wraps (@NashvilleWraps on Twitter) brought home the real value of good customer service. Their article "Relaxed Customers Spend More Money" includes a list of the categories that matter to customers.

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Topics: B2B, customer service, retail packaging

Why Minimize Oil Usage with Industrial Packaging?

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Aug 23, 2011 6:41:00 AM

An unfortunate and "significant spill in the context of annual amounts of oil spilt in the North Sea" is still leaking. It's a very small spill compared to the one in the Gulf of Mexico, nevertheless, each spill has environmental consequences. We don't look to place blame; things happen, it seems like only a matter of time before one drilling site or another has a mishap. It's a difficult and complicated business, no doubt.

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Topics: oil-free packaging, protective oils

Bag Tax Increases Plastics Usage in Hong Kong

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Aug 17, 2011 6:51:00 AM

If you tax consumers for an item or service, you might expect them to use that item or service less to avoid paying tax. Unfortunately, the effect of Hong Kong's tax on plastic shopping bags has caused a 25% increase in the use of plastics since the levy began two years ago in July, 2009. Rather than reuse plastic shopping bags as trash bags, people have been purchasing reusable non-woven polypropylene bags for shopping and heavier-duty plastic trash bags for the purpose of garbage disposal, accounting for the increase in plastics usage.

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Topics: plastics, how to reduce waste

The Beauty of Copper

Posted by Joe Spitz on Aug 4, 2011 6:59:00 AM

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in her book "This is America" of Main Street in Hingham, Massachusetts, “This is the most beautiful main street in America.”  Historical Hingham was settled in 1633 and as I was driving one of its first roads recently, I realized it would be hard to disagree with her assessment. Big, beautiful, well-manicured homes are recessed from the street; stone walls built by craftsman mold into the contours of the land; old-growth trees shade the neighborhood.

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Topics: Copper, Intercept Technology packaging, American manufacturing

7 Ideas for Recycling at Home

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Aug 2, 2011 6:38:00 AM

Need some new ideas for recycling at home? Here are some of the ways we reuse and recycle materials:

1. Cut the legs and seat of worn out sweatpants into squares or rectangles for washing the car, dusting furniture, wiping the bathroom mirrors, cleaning windows, or whatever other cleaning chore you have. Worn bath or dish towels can serve the same purpose - all can be machine washed until they're no longer useful.

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Topics: recyclable, reduce

How to Improve Quality in Manufacturing - Dr. Deming

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Jul 28, 2011 6:50:00 AM

Over the course of several chats with the head of the Intercept Technology Group, Keith Donaldson (video series to be released soon), we learned about the groundbreaking work of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant. Dr. Deming had many skills, including electrical engineering, playing the drums, singing, and writing sacred music. His legacy is impressive, especially his work developing new quality control protocols for manufacturing.

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Topics: manufacturing, quality

Oil-Free Packaging for Corrosion Prevention - Is It Better?

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Jul 26, 2011 6:33:00 AM

When it comes to packaging, you have a lot to consider. Materials, design, cost, and all kinds of other considerations come into play when deciding which types of packaging would best suit your needs. When you're shipping metal parts and other costly items, or when you're looking for packaging that offers corrosion resistance, resistance to moisture, and/or product and worker-safe solutions, you have even more considerations to make.

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Topics: better packaging, oil-free packaging, corrosion resistance



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