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Packaging suppliers, more or less

As you’ve doubtlessly seen by now, this April issue of Packaging World comes with a bonus, a supplement called Net Sourcing. Produced by PW editors under the guidance of Dave Newcorn, director of new media, this publication is devoted to exploring how manufacturers can purchase packaging materials and machines via the Internet.
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Net Buying 101

While business-to-business e-commerce dominates today’s media headlines, no one is talking about this startling fact: Purchasing agents and buyers aren’t using such sites in any volume.
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Buyer Gives Thumbs Up to Online Marketplace

The idea sounds enticing. Place a bid on a piece of machinery on an Internet marketplace, the seller accepts the bid, you have yourself a packaging machine.
User-friendly: Picking the perfect palletizer.
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Equipment Purchasing: Point and click palletizer

Purchasing palletizing equipment became a whole lot easier for Kimberly-Clark Corp. when the company encountered the right Web site.
Watching the bid unfold: John Gellatly (left) and Satish Bhagwat of Owens Corning join Kara Csensich of FreeMarkets on bid day.
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Corrugated comes over the Internet

Building materials supplier Owens Corning is convinced that procurement can be conducted most efficiently and cost effectively via reverse auctions over the Internet.
Comfortable with reverse auctions: Leo T. Brennan, Simmons' vp of material management
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Simmons saves $400,000 in 3 hours

Reverse auction for polyethylene film yields instant savings. Other materials are next.
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Net Purchasing: Not Ready for Prime Time

An exclusive survey of Packaging World purchasing readers indicates enthusiasm for buying via the Internet but little actual experience in packaging purchases thus far.
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Packaging Portalmania

Internet “portalmania” for vertical markets has become the rage, and packaging is no exception. (A vertical “portal” is a site that’s designed to be an independent information source with information on multiple suppliers in a given field or industry.) At last count, there were no less than three big contenders for the packaging portal throne: the Packexpo.com (www.packexpo.
Worth a thousand words: Digital photos help communicate the problem.
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Service with an e-smile

Clothier Ann Taylor benefits from Marq Packaging Systems’ online manuals, parts ordering and consulting.
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Miller launches, Bud in test

Citing “growing consumer and retailer demand” as its motivation, Milwaukee-based Miller Brewing Co. has announced the nationwide rollout of its plastic barrier bottles for Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite and Icehouse brands in both 16- and 20-oz sizes.
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Borden gets 'smart' with tray

It’s Pasta Anytime™, a Borden Foods creation, is set to debut nationally this June in a patented Smart Cooker™ tray. The microwavable, single-serve product is shelf-stable for nine months.
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Packaging OMAC group rolls up sleeves

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group met in Chicago in March to hammer out an official mission and articulate four key goals for the group. The OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) working group consists of end-users, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers seeking to increase commonality and simplification among today’s complex motion controls in packaging machinery.
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Pints sprout spouts

Pleased with consumer response to threaded, recloseable pour spouts on its 1/2-gal gabletop packages, Johanna Foods has extended its use of the spout to pint-sized cartons for six juice products.
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Texas Instruments saves $8 million going 'green'

Through a combination of source reduction, recycling and converting to reusable containers, Texas Instruments has saved $8 million/year in its transport packaging.

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