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Specialized rework: D-I-Y or bid it externally?

‘Under the radar’ packaging services require product manufacturers to decide whether to do the work internally or use a contract packager. Consider each cost factor carefully before deciding, says, Bill McNeil, president of Premier Packaging.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case flap relaxer

A-B-C’s Model 36C flap memory relaxer eliminates flap pop-up during palletizing, assisting container manufacturers that ship in unsealed reshipper cases, and packagers that close packed cases for warehousing, but require the flexibility to reopen the flaps to assemble specialty packs.
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Amazon identifies frustration-free packaging

The online retailer addresses consumer frustrations through Web pages featuring users' videos and photos, recommendations—and those packages that draw consumers' ire.
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Green packaging in Europe: the view from the U.K.

In the U.K., as elsewhere in Europe, an analytical, holistic approach to sustainable packaging has taken root.
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'Swirl' filling makes a splash with consumers

Swirl filling -- the latest consumer packaging innovation from PneumaticScaleAngelus – generates shelf presence.
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Materials Product Brief
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Glass-like clear polymer

Invista has developed Polyclear® Crystal™ PET 3302, a polymer with glass-like clarity for food, beverage, and beauty product packaging.
Package Case Study
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Dawn's dual-product package differentiates brand

Packagers unwilling to invest in innovative, smart packaging will be the ones whose products are left on the shelf, advises smart packaging consultant Dr. Paul Butler.
Package Case Study
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'Kangaroo tub' nests small bottle

HDPE tub has indent for 4-oz bottle that had been affixed with tape.
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The growth and benefits of calculating carbon footprint

Consumers, legislation, and corporate social responsibility are combining to demand more sustainable and environmentally friendly products with packaging regularly targeted as an area for improving efficiency.
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Highlights from PAF 2008

Space constraints prohibit an all-inclusive report on Packaging Automation Forum 2008, sponsored by Packaging World and Automation World magazines. But here’s a peek at what Unilever, Lilly, and P&G had to say.

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