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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing
Most companies that participated in Packaging World’s vendor consolidation survey encouraged partnership arrangements with suppliers. All respondents expect better price and service, but others seek on-site technical help, supply guarantees and materials price hedging opportunities.
Sep 30th, 2000
Fewer vendors in manufacturers' plans
A reader survey about vendor consolidation emphasizes that most manufacturers are actively looking to decrease the number of packaging suppliers from which they buy. Pricing advantages is just one of many driving factors.
Aug 31st, 2000
Engineers express growing dissatisfaction
In PW's latest salary survey, overall job satisfaction among engineers is dropping. Greater responsibilities with little added pay rankles, as do packaging-related budget and staff cuts.
Mar 31st, 2000
Purchasing pros 'buy' rising salaries
Decision-making autonomy and work hours satisfy purchasing personnel, but advancement potential and income receive a thumbs-down. Meanwhile, cuts in both staff and budget increased significantly in packaging since 1997.
Mar 31st, 2000
Outsourcing benefits point to continuing trend
The outsourcing of packaging functions has been yielding benefits, Packaging World readers report. Cost savings and satisfaction are the upside, while only half of respondents report increases in plant efficiency.
Dec 31st, 1997
Coding, printing & labeling
Materials and container development lead outsourced functions
Development of packaging materials and containers and the graphics that go on them are the functions most often outsourced, say Packaging World readers. However, packaging machinery selection, packaging line design and integration all make the Top Ten.
Nov 30th, 1997
Packagers still seeking help on electronic components
Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
Oct 31st, 1996
Components assume new importance in packaging
Conveyors, coding and marking machines, and motors and drives are the components best-known to packagers who have production and engineering responsibilities.
Sep 30th, 1996
What wins Western packagers
Western packagers reveal plans for '95-'96 in exclusive Packaging World survey. Labeling equipment and new materials top shopping list; automation and changeover time are among hottest issues.
Sep 30th, 1995