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Coffee pod recycling in the U.S.: How likely?

A LinkedIn discussion around the likelihood of consumers bringing used coffee pods into a collection center, if given the opportunity, raises a range of issues.
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Clever positioning of top and bottom tabs make this pack easy to open.
Package Case Study
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Senior-friendly lunch meat pack

A new kind of luncheon meat package that started reaching store shelves early this year comes from Atria Plc, one of the leading food companies in the Nordic countries, Russia, and the Baltic Region.
Flowcontrol means no glugging or spills.
Package Case Study
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Flowcontrol bottle for motor oil

A custom 5-L oil container for leading UK producer Millers Oils features a unique dispensing closure that allows the oil to be fully controllable and to flow freely and easily.
USP to focus on the topics of Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) for pharmaceuticals, quality management systems, environmental conditions management, importation/exportation management, and supply chain integrity and security issues.
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USP needs input from pharma industry experts: Mary Foster

USP to focus on the topics of Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) for pharmaceuticals, quality management systems, environmental conditions management, importation/exportation management, and supply chain integrity and security issues.
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Coke launches 'second life' campaign

A clever campaign aimed at tackling plastic waste in Vietnam is taking off and will soon expand across Asia.
Package Case Study
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Soothing style quells tanning product fears

Package graphics for a new tanning lotion/skincare line feature a pattern of undulations, like swaths of silk, in hues of teal, gold, and magenta to convey a calming experience.
Column/Opinion
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A tour of a recycling center

Tour educates on the facility’s operations.
Column/Opinion
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Is too much education the problem with the economy?

Have we created unrealistic expectations by educating more people with college degrees than what there are jobs that require those degrees?
RIVA, an automated compounding system from Intelligent Hospital Systems, prepares IV bags 50 mL to 1,000 mL, and can also prepare low-concentration dilution bags for pediatric dosing.
Machine Case Study
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GHS automates sterile IV compounding

A new pharmacy is equipped with two automated compounding systems that serve the South Carolina health system’s five locations, improving patient safety as well as internal productivity and efficiency.
RIVA automated compounding technology from Intelligent Hospital Systems compounds syringes and IV bags in an ISO Class 5 environment that enhances the safety of compounded medications while reducing cost and waste.
Machine Case Study
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How RIVA works at Greenville Hospital Systems

A detailed look at how self-contained RIVA equipment automatically compounds IV syringes or bags for improved patient safety, productivity and efficiency at Greenville Hospital Systems in SC.
Trapped blister uses RPET for the thermoformed blister component.
Package Case Study
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Spout attachment trapped in a blister

A trapped blister is the packaging format selected by Park City, UT-based Choomee Inc. for its Sip’n Soft Top product.
ROLE MODEL. Recent movies such as The Hunger Games and its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, have helped shift gender stereotypes, resulting in the introduction of new weapon-like toy products for girls.
Feature Article
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Ready, (re)aim, fire: Targeting new audiences through package design

Mom is no longer the only consumer shopping the retail aisle. Changing consumer demographics mean brand owners must rethink their packaging to hit a new bull’s-eye.
REAL-TIME INTERACTION. In today’s 24/7, connected environment, retailers and brand owners are using new technologies, such as QR codes, to interact with consumers in real time. Shown here is a QR code used on bags of coffee from Ethical Bean Coffee Co.
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The eight drivers of today’s packaging trends

There are eight global drivers guiding the trends in today’s packaging that brand owners need to know in order to develop actionable insights for packaging.
Package Case Study
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Beech-Nut becomes a disruptive force in baby food

Totally reformulating its products and packaging, Beech-Nut launches a 100% natural baby food in custom glass jars that let the fresh product recipes speak for themselves.
SHELF IMPACT. The 3-D effect on the pressure-sensitive label draws attention and helps cut through the sea of sameness  on the store shelf.
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Packaging printed micro optically

A patented new printing technology produces an appearance of three dimensionality so convincing that consumers can’t help but be drawn to this most unusual label.

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