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Building in cost savings on the packaging end

How to make forecast vs reality work in pharmaceutical contract packaging.
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Joe Zembas, Director of Engineering & Technical Services, The J.M. Smucker Co.
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Align expectations for project success

According to Joe Zembas, Director of Engineering & Technical Services for The J.M. Smucker Company, the success or failure of any new packaging operation project hinges on how clearly expectations are defined upfront by all stakeholders.
Insights on Teva’s acquisition of Allergan Generics
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Insights on Teva’s acquisition of Allergan Generics

As acquisitions of specialty and generic pharmaceutical companies continue to escalate, Frost & Sullivan analysts weigh in on Teva’s purchase of Allergan Generics.
LABELER/PRINTER.
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On the front lines of serialization

Successful implementation requires interconnecting packaging equipment, materials, and components so they are dependent upon each other.
Guido Corbella
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Ipack-Ima Spa announces Guido Corbella’s retirement

Guido Corbella ends his mandate as CEO of Ipack-Ima Spa in the wake of the success of the 2015 edition.
Report: American manufacturing is alive and well.
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Report: American manufacturing is alive and well

Talk that America’s manufacturing might has severely declined over the last few decades and only low-wage jobs remain is a myth, says a report from Ball State University and Conexus Indiana.
Jill Costelow, VP Operations and Supply Chain, Pressed Juicery, LLC
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Women in operations

Jill Costelow, VP Operations and Supply Chain for Pressed Juicery, LLC, a cold-pressed juice company in Fresno, CA, discusses her experiences as a female mechanical engineer in a male-dominated field and suggests ways CPGs and packaging organizations can encourage and support young women to pursue a STEM career.
HealthPack 2016 will be held March 15-17 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans.
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Medical device packaging takes center stage at HealthPack

HealthPack 2015 focused on exclusive survey and package design. Meanwhile, HealthPack 2016 venue is established.
Total Compensation in 2014
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Earnings, satisfaction rise, reveals 2015 Salary Survey

Average earnings jump 3.54% in 2014 compared with the previous year. Compensation increases for 74% of respondents, with an average bump of 3.7%.
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Packaging machinery OEMs, it’s time to think apprenticeships

Though usually we address various aspects of packaging machinery building, programming, networking, and optimizing in this space, there’s another key issue facing anyone who has an interest in automation, and typically it’s referred to as “the skills gap.” Solutions to this looming crisis are beginning to take shape, and no one knows more about them than On The Edge blogger Keith Campbell. Here’s his latest.

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