The CPSC has proposed a rule that would require child-resistant closures on a range of products, including car care products lik
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Battle brewing over child-resistant caps

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering mandating child-resistant closures for cosmetics, cleaning solvents and auto products, among others.
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'No-label' look reflects purity of product

Global Balance Co. switches from a glass jar to an HDPE tube for consumer benefits, vastly improving product sales.
Michigan Brewing unveiled its Cherry Creek brand in plastic at the Traverse City Cherry Festival.
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A clever strategy for plastic beer bottles

Michigan Brewing sees great potential for beer in plastic when the target market is tightly focused. Custom-labeled bottles for a casino, for instance, have found a receptive audience.
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A clever strategy for plastic beer bottles (sidebar)

Meanwhile, at Miller Brewing
Amurol can preview its package graphics over the Web and type in any changes.
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Amurol learns that proof is in the PDF

Although the jury’s still out on whether the Internet is a viable medium for packaging B2B e-commerce, it’s a slam-dunk when it comes to using the Internet to share information.
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Information powers the 21st century

There are so many concepts we try to embrace as we begin our journey into the 21st century. But I don’t think any one is as important as our quest for more information.
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The Myth of the Single Portal

Some online marketplaces would have you believe that at the end of the day, there will be only one Web site that buyers use for Internet packaging procurement.
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Capital Machinery E-sales on Hold

Though business-to-business electronic exchanges may one day make a dent in the packaging marketplace, very little is happening now in the way of point, click and buying of capital equipment online.
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Notable web sites

Materials MarketplacesB2BPKG.com (www.b2bpkg.com) is a packaging materials marketplace that allows users to constuct a private catalog of vendors for online procurement.
The brothers Groves: Savvy surfers Hank (left) and John save time ordering packaging online.
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Racking up the savings

Purchasing packaging materials online saves time, space and headaches for manufacturer of racks and storage systems.
Espino: No more paperwork.
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Materials Purchasing: Grocer buys into online shopping

Grocery retailer H.E. Butt Co. procures packaging materials through the INC2inc Internet marketplace. Now it’s persuading its vendors to climb aboard.
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Preserving collaboration in the age of e-procurement

How General Mills intends to tap Empriva to gain efficiencies while increasing speed to market.
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Used machinery: Offline help drives online purchase

Building a good relationship plays a major role in buying equipment regardless if it is transacted offline or over the Internet. When lubricant manufacturer American Specialty Lubricants decided to invest in a used capper for its Knoxville, TN, facility, it found this to be true.
Smart shopping: Research product information online.
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Sourcing in a whole 'NEW WAY'

Bearing manufacturer saves weeks by sourcing its tabletop protective packaging dispenser kit online.
The price is right: Just input your box specs.
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Price Tool nets Levolor $54,000 in corrugated savings

Levolor Canada has already saved $54ꯠ this year by tapping the information and pricing resources of CorrugatedPrices.com. The cost? A $200 subscription fee and a few hours’ time.

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