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K-C's take on RFID

Kimberly-Clark’s Mike O’Shea discloses lessons learned in RFID, including why it operates a ‘dirty’ RFID lab.
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Consumer survey identifies package challenges

Packaging for liquid soap and for ready-to-eat, precut fruits were identified by consumers as the most consumer-friendly in a new survey and report from Mona Doyle/The Consumer Network.
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Cosmetics may have to show warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now taking a hard look at whether common cosmetics and personal care products that contain untested chemicals need to display a warning label to consumers.
Cleritec System's Manish Bhuptani.
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To Slap and Ship or Not?

The experts from Cleritec Systems, an RFID consultancy, provide a five-step guide to this basic, crucial question.
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UFP Technologies: Protective packaging

UFP Technologies has introduced Cushion Cubes, cube-shaped protective packaging material made from 100% recycled paper fibers and water. Designed to provide superior packaging support for irregularly shaped and fragile products, the high-strength cubes are an environmentally safe, simple, easy-to-pack alternative to chemical/foam packaging.
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Another look at HF

High-frequency radio waves, defined as 13.56 MHz, seem to be RFID’s forgotten frequency in the United States. HF is largely ignored in the shadows of Wal-Mart’s mandate for UHF (868 MHz to 915 MHz).
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FPA Silver Award winners

Winners of Silver Awards in the Flexible Packaging Assn.'s 2005 Achievement Awards...
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Sherwood Technology: Sherwood Technology: "Virtual" labels

Sherwood Technology has developed a “virtual label” system that replaces the application of variable-data print-and-apply labels in the distribution chain by incorporating a laser responsive coating into packaging materials such as cartons, cases, and overwraps.
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Consumer-friendly packaging gains new importance

Mona Doyle wants brand managers and package designers to know this: The price you pay in good will and sales for packaging that consumers perceive as undesirable could get even higher.
Shahram Moradpour, CEO of Cleritec.
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HF for RFID?

RFID Antenna exclusive: Don’t give up yet on the high-frequency range for RFID, industry insiders say. It may yet take a foothold for item-level tagging of drugs.
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'Innovation is indispensable'

Securing the role of low-cost provider can fuel growth for a while, but manufacturers today are better off relying on innovation as their path to sustained growth.
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Reusable container study

Independent study shows multiple reuse of containers significantly reduces environmental burdens compared to single-trip containers.
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'Twas the season

This was a big year for holiday decorations, although I must admit the Orloski cottage was not decorated to its usual standards because of too many fall weekends out of town.
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Fuming over fumigation

The National Resources Defense Council plans to fight a USDA ruling allowing use of the fumigant methyl bromide as an insecticide on wooden pallets and containers to keep insects from entering the U.S.
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Global or local packaging?

Many global brands do some tailoring for local customs, some altering the product while others vary the containers and packaging. A French study reveals details.

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