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Complexity of e-commerce supply chain raises the stakes for manufacturers

With jumps in e-commerce volume and complexity, manufacturers must address challenges in shipping, communicating with third-party retailers, and secondary packaging marketing.
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‘Texting’ via vodka bottle

LED-enabled vodka bottle that scrolls messages can now be remotely programmed through the use of Bluetooth technology and a custom app.
A patented preform from Invento is used to make shaped PET cans with an aluminum lid.
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Ipack-Ima: Materials capture the spotlight

Several new material innovations designed to address sustainability, shelf-impact, and the challenges of e-commerce, make their debut at Ipack-Ima.
REAL INGREDIENTS. Coca-Cola Life’s packaging uses a green color that conveys that the product is something new and different for
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Packaging gets real

As consumers demand greater transparency from CPG brands, brand owners are blazing new trails with refreshingly honest and real on-pack messaging—even for ‘delicate’ products.
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Ipack-Ima: One-hand opening sachets are a snap

A new sachet system with multiple material and equipment technology patents produces single-dose packets that can be opened with one hand and accommodate a range of liquid products.
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Ipack-Ima addresses the future of packaging

Speakers at the opening ceremony for the 23rd edition of Ipack-Ima in Milan discuss emerging packaging technologies, including HPP, plant-based materials, and sustainability.
 Constructive Disruption: A Vision of Smart Manufacturing
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Constructive disruption: a vision of smart manufacturing

Jim Wetzel, director of global reliability at General Mills and Chair of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, asked attendees at The Automation Conference an important question: “Are You Ready?”
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Getting industry to an internet frame of mind

Though we take for granted how much of an impact the Internet has had on our personal lives, the same thinking is not often true when it comes to industry. At The Automation Conference in Chicago, Richard Soley explained what the Industrial Internet Consortium is doing about that.
Dewey Scott of Scott Farms describes how automation and unique serialization have benefited his company.
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Unique serialization comes to fresh produce

Proudly representing the food industry at The Automation Forum, and the produce industry in particular, was Dewey R. Scott, Operations Manager at North Carolina sweet potato packer Scott Farms.
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'Pot soda' bottle redesign proves challenging

When marijuana edibles maker Dixie Elixirs undertakes a redesign of the packaging for its THC-infused soda to meet new Colorado laws, it finds itself 'running full speed at a brick wall.'
PRINT JOB. A Hypertherm employee initiates a print job through barcode scanning.
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Hypertherm cuts costs with enterprise labeling

U.S. manufacturer saves $1.5 to $5 million by implementing a browser-based labeling system that improves production uptime.
Off The Shelf: Gillette thermoform has unique perfs
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Off The Shelf: Gillette thermoform has unique perfs

There’s no chance for wrap rage if a clamshell-style package opens easily, and this is one that opens mighty easily indeed.
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Business intelligence is at your fingertips

Like anyone who has been in a profession for a long time, I always enjoy participating in something new, something I haven’t encountered before.
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Exponential growth in tech brings many challenges

Keith Campbell, PMMI Media Group’s On the Edge blogger, reflects on a series of recent events that have highlighted how vulnerable our economy’s infrastructure is now that concepts such as the industrial internet of things have pushed us into an exponential growth mode.
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A fruitful package change

GoodBelly probiotic juice brand changes its carton graphics to emphasize the flavor appeal of its products, while paring down its probiotic message to appeal to mass-market consumers.

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