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E-commerce packaging pitfalls & opportunities

Two studies look at those aspects of e-commerce retail packaging—product fit, package quality, and incidence of damage—that shape a consumer’s experience with the brand.
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Take the stress out of machine maintenance, cleaning

This freshly designed bottom loading vertical case packer from Schneider Packaging Equipment features an open structure, plus a 30 percent reduction in part count from previous models.
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Finding leaks with heat

Production of retort pouches, film-sealed trays, and other types of glued and fused structures is fraught with problems when taken to the production stage.
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Packaging and its partners

When packagers speak of packaging, frequently they are referring to the physical structure holding a product.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administartion, “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Final Rule,” 12/3/14
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FDA updates drugs/biologics labeling system

Includes major revisions on pregnancy and breastfeeding, with labeling changes taking effect June 30, 2015. Prescription drugs and biologic products approved after June 30, 2015, will use the new format immediately, while labeling for prescription drugs approved on or after June 30, 2001, will be phased in gradually.
Octapharma, an independent manufacturer of human protein products worldwide, added the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation to Werum’s PAS-X at their production site in Vienna.
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Octapharma adds track-and-trace serialization aggregation

Developer, producer, and seller of human proteins requires a flexible and validated system for marking, identifying, and tracking its products.
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Here’s to 20 more years!

With this issue our year-long series of 20th anniversary reminiscences comes to a close.
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Standardized sports tape tins are sturdy, modern

SpiderTech is spinning its web of pre-cut kinesiology tape products into one, standardized packaging format to make the brand easily recognizable on shelf and provide consistent messaging.
Kliklok-Woodman’s Ross Long, Vice President of Sales and Marketing (left); Big Heart Pet Brands’ Senior Manager of Packaging R&D Paul Baker (center); Charles Yuska, President, CEO, PMMI (right).
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PACK EXPO packs ‘em in

The 2014 installment of PACK EXPO International and the debut of Pharma EXPO 2014 ran November 2 to 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and attendance topped that of 2012 by 6.5%.
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Industry Watch—December 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the December 2014 issue of Packaging World.
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PACK EXPO recap

There’s nothing quite like PACK EXPO for getting a fix on where things in the packaging space might be headed. A few random observations, if I may.
Steve Russell, ACC Vice President of Plastics
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Plastics-to-oil’s potential

A new report from the American Chemistry Council estimates that plastics-to-oil technologies for non-recyclable plastic could add $9 billion to the U.S. economy. ACC Vice President of Plastics Steve Russell elaborates.
Sonoco produces plant-based, bio-resin blow-molded bottles for Ecover's green cleaning line in North America.
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Ecover employs plant-based bottles for new home care cleaning line

Sonoco produces plant-based, bio-resin blow-molded bottles for Ecover's green cleaning line in North America.
Loma's Studwell at Pack Expo 2014
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Which GFSI-accepted food safety standard is right for you?

To help you decide, here's one expert's take on the similarities and differences between four of the most popular standards: FSSC 22000, SQF, IFS and BRC.
MG2's FlexiLAB capsule filler delivers for Hovione 100% low dosages and extreme precision in-process net weight control for specialty inhalation drug production.
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Hovione, MG2 partner to develop inhalation drugs

FlexiLAB capsule filler delivers 100% low dosages and extreme precision in-process net weight control for specialty inhalation drug production.

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