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  • ‘Jane Walker’ Label Stirs PR Pot

    ‘Jane Walker’ Label Stirs PR Pot

    When I was a regional marketing director for Ringling Bros. my boss once said that any publicity is better than none, even if it’s negative. I don’t generally agree, but a test of his statement rolled out recently with the “Jane Wal…
    Mark Lusky 04.09.18

  • Flexible packaging student winners

    Flexible packaging student winners

    The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has announced the winners of the FPA 2018 Student Flexible Design Challenge. This year’s first place winners were a team of students from Iowa State University. Two students from University of Wisconsin…
    04.09.18

  • Handle the Truth: How to keep a printing business M&A out of court

    One of my favorite movies of all time is “A Few Good Men,” and in particular, the iconic lines delivered by Jack Nicholson’s character, Colonel Jessup. “You can’t handle the truth!” he barked while on the witness…
    Rock LaManna 04.09.18

  • Tariffs: Impact on industry

    US plans for steel and aluminum tariffs would affect printing and packaging.
    Jack Kenny 04.09.18

  • Californication

    Californication

    There’s a wonderful article in Mother Jones called “Dreamers of the Golden Dream.” Mother Jones has always been one of my favorites: liberal, investigative, irreverent, and holds no hostages. In this case, however, Gabriel Kahn was…
    Calvin Frost 04.09.18

  • Viva Italia!

    Viva Italia!

    Readers who remember the Converflex and Grafitalia shows in Italy will be surprised not to find them this year. Along with the Inprinting show, they have all been amalgamated into Print4All (they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,…
    John Penhallow 04.09.18

  • Make sure customer service doesn’t sound like a sales pitch

    There should be a distinct line between providing helpful, how-to customer service solutions and selling. Too often in today’s frenzy to improve the bottom line, “customer service” morphs into thinly-disguised sales pitches –…
    Mark Lusky 03.09.18

  • API gives irony to new bourbon

    API gives irony to new bourbon

    A hot stamping foil from brand enhancement specialist API is adding texture and sophistication to the bottle of an exciting new bourbon. Hopes & Dreams, which wittily satirizes stereotypical handcrafted whiskey marketing in its promotion, feature…
    03.09.18

  • The tail wagging the dog: How exclusivity agreements can hurt sellers

    The tail wagging the dog: How exclusivity agreements can hurt sellers

    Exclusivity deals were created as a means to establish trust between parties and ensure a merger or acquisition is done efficiently. Unfortunately, Wall Street has used it as a tool to manipulate Main Street sellers in what’s become a familiar…
    Rock LaManna 03.09.18

  • Food packaging: Innovation required

    Ready meals and cans adapt to changing needs and lifestyles.
    Jack Kenny 03.09.18

  • Taking on a new life

    In my last column I wrote about a study on the incredible growth of the plastics industry and a similar growth in plastics going to the landfill. The study concluded: “Thus without a well-designed and tailor-made management strategy for end…
    Calvin Frost 03.09.18

  • Roll-to-roll solar energy

    Roll-to-roll solar energy

    The name of Count Lev Perovski may not be familiar to all readers of this column, but it was he who, in 1839, discovered and named perovskite, a compound of calcium, oxygen and titanium. This remained a geological curiosity until 10 years ago when a…
    John Penhallow 03.09.18

  • Marketing labels, packaging to a moving target

    What do you do when a carefully crafted marketing campaign gets jolted by a “higher force” making ominous pronouncements? Such is the case with cannabis and the jarring impact of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threatened crackdown…
    Mark Lusky 01.26.18

  • ‘Easy’ shrink sleeves and festive lids from Clondalkin Flexible Packaging

    ‘Easy’ shrink sleeves and festive lids from Clondalkin Flexible Packaging

    The Easy range from Easy Cleaning Solutions Ltd (Formerly Jeyes) has rebranded part of its household and utility range with a decorative shrink sleeve packaging solution from Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury (formerly Chadwicks). Two variants of…
    01.26.18

  • How important are projections when selling your business?

    How important are projections when selling your business?

    When you’re selling your business, it’s natural to want to promote your past successes. But investors aren’t as interested in where you’ve been as much as where you’re going. That’s why projections of future perfor…
    Rock LaManna 01.26.18

  • 2018: Art, health and sustainability

    This year’s packaging trends range from design to social awareness.
    Jack Kenny 01.26.18

  • Plastic parallels

    Plastic parallels

    In my last column I mentioned that “the current linear plastics system is broken.” Sadly, like so many other truly important contributors to our society (and let’s not debate the degree of importance), many of our developments since…
    Calvin Frost 01.26.18

  • Good news in unexpected corners of Europe

    Good news in unexpected corners of Europe

    The fourth quarter returns for 2017 are not in yet, but Europe’s economy is at last looking up, with 2.2% year-on-year GDP growth for the Euro area (running neck-and-neck with the US), and industrial production (a better indicator for label dem…
    John Penhallow 01.26.18

  • Why is the ‘customer experience’ fraught with bad information?

    Providing top-notch customer care is all the rage. Everyone talks about it, cites the appropriate buzzwords (e.g., customer experience) and commits to providing a positive interaction. This shining beacon dims quickly when customers learn that wha…
    Mark Lusky 11.17.17

  • Packaging innovation from Avery Dennison

    Packaging innovation from Avery Dennison

    Substrate and adhesive supplier Avery Dennison has developed multiple new products to improve packaging throughout a wide array of applications. Communicating brand values effectively means going further. How does a label feel? What sound does it emi…
    11.17.17