The news keeps coming from CPA: Changeover Webinar set for March 20
The Contract Packaging Association's 2012 Annual Meeting, which took place February 23-26 at the Gran Melia in Puerto Rico, offered great insights, frank discussion on critical issues to packaging pros and a bit of awe-inspiring scenery (pictured here). More to the point, the news keeps-on coming, and we at Contract Packaging will bring more across print, Web and e-news media.
In related news, CPA is presenting a webinar — Fast and Furious Almost Never Wins the Changeover Race, presented by John Henry, Changeover.com - online March 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. Click here for details and registration.
Kraft, other major brands and co-packers, adopt Nulogy software
Nulogy Corp., Toronto, ON, Canada, has announced that its PackManager Contract Packaging Management System software system has been installed at ARI Packaging. The remote, or cloud-based, solution is used by the world's premiere contract manufacturers and packagers across the world to reduce costs, improve compliance, and increase customer loyalty. The benefits, like the software, straddle co-packing partnerships because components can be installed on both sides of the outsourcing partnership to eliminate manual data entry and much more.
This YouTube video cites multiple Nulogy users. Co-packers featured include QPSI, Evolution Packaging Solutions of Grand Prairie, Texas; Accel Inc. of New Albany, OH and Crescent West Chester, OH. Crescent's Tom Schwallie, executive vice president, calls the software "the first product that I had seen that was written in a way that we understood [and that] was written for contract packagers." Accel's Joseph Pate, head of IT, praised the system after months of packing "full force" for pharma giant Abbott.
Kraft Foods is among those who have integrated PackManager with their business systems. At Kraft, integration with SAP as well as installations at ARI are helping ensure MiO flavored water enhancer is a success in the marketplace as well as across the supply chain that gets it on shelves. ARI reports that the software, and the larger supply chain strategy it serves, has brought benefits that include increased throughput rates, manufacturing and materials value engineering and overall reduction in MiO packaging program costs. In the area of logistics, ARI reports efficiency gains to better coordinate inbound materials with demand, and overall excellence in outbound shipments.
Contract Packaging magazine did a deep dive into the ARI-Kraft relationship, and will publish the story in the pages of the next print edition, which will be published the first week of April.
AT&T gets sugarcane-based thermoforming from Display Pack
A new material is being used in clear, thermoformed clamshells for more than 300 SKUs of AT&T-branded wireless accessories. Display Pack, with operations in Grand Rapids, MI, and Riverside, CA, does the thermoforming as well as package design, pre-press, printing and contract packaging.
The new TerraPET material, supplied by Klockner Pentaplast, is composed of 30% renewable-resource content, and is sourced from ethanol harvested from natural sugar cane. It makes it possible to replace fossil fuel-based material with an alternative without sacrificing any of the high-performance qualities-including clarity-of APET.
AT&T is the first U.S. telecom company to use this plastic in its packaging. The transition to TerraPET film began in October of 2011. The film is sourced from ethanol harvested from natural sugarcane. A single planting will yield two to four harvests, making it a rapidly renewable agricultural crop. That's one of the things that make it such an attractive alternative to fossil-based material.
The thermoformed part that preceded the TerraPET part was already made from Recycled PET (RPET) with approximately 30 to 60% recycled pre-consumer content. But early in 2011, TESSCO, AT&T's distributor that works directly with its product marketing and supply chain teams, put out the call for packaging material that is even greener.
"Our main packaging objectives," says Michael Cowan, AT&T's accessories business director, "are to sell the product, keep costs reasonable, and use sustainable materials." The latter is the reason why AT&T, in the 2010 redesign, switched from 35% recycled paperboard to 100%, as well as using soy- and/or vegetable-based ink. Display Pack's redesign was chosen from the field, according to Kate Varner, category manager for packaging at TESSCO, "because they came up with the cleanest, easiest approach to assembly and conversion."
Cowan adds that the new film has allowed AT&T "to replace a fossil-fuel based material by nearly a third with up to 30% plant-based material. We like being the first to use it, but it would be better if more companies caught on. Because we all win in sustaining the environment."
Read the complete story by Pat Reynolds, VP/Editor of Packaging World, here.