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Measuring bumps in the road to China

Data collection devices mounted on trucks in China starting in August 2004 are already drawing interest from major U.S. packaged goods companies. Here’s a look at the results and implications of the original China Project.
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P&G, Wal-Mart on CorrExpo program

When merchandising executives from top retailers speak, packaging people tend to listen.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Zebra Technologies Corp. (Vernon Hills, IL) has extended its comprehensive domestic service partner agreement with IBM Corp. (Armonk, NY) to include Zebra's Canadian and European customers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Zebra Technologies Corp. (Vernon Hills, IL) has signed a third-party service agreement with IBM Corp. (Armonk, NY) to provide on-site maintenance service for Zebra's entire line of bar-code printers.
John Wasserlein
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People do make the difference

By now, you know that Packaging World doesn't frivolously publish editorials. This month, I'm turning over this editorial space to John Wasserlein, who, just a few months before his retirement from Fraser Papers (Stamford, CT) as president and CEO, addressed the graduates at the University of Maine with a message that's at the core of our special reports on recruiting and retaining talented employees.
Downsizing of packaging departments in the past few years is creating a shortage of packaging professionals ?with a good history
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Packagers struggle with staffing

Manufacturers in virtually every industry-including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and even electronics-report that it's getting harder and harder to find and keep good packaging people.
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Controls: Unleashing a new productivity tool

Few topics in the packaging engineer's lexicon have changed as much as that of machine control. Not long ago, a controversial issue was the size of the start and stop buttons, or whether companies would pay extra for a discrete control panel that could swivel from one side of a machine to another.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

McHugh Freeman (Waukesha, WI), is now an authorized provider of IBM Corp.'s. RS/6000 computer software.
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet (sidebar)

Companies big and small