• Hiring Grandma: Altering workforce assumptions to consider different solutions

    These days you can’t attend an association meeting or industry event that doesn’t have some kind of presentation, workshop or breakout session associated with workforce development. Ask any owner or senior executive at a label manufacture…
    Jennifer Dochstader 06.03.19

  • Food labels often hype instead of help

    Products claiming “natural,” “farm fresh” and “keto” properties often do a disservice to their customers, who latch on to the hype without drilling down into the food label ingredients to assess nutritional benefit…
    Mark Lusky 05.31.19

  • Solving the ‘Single-Serve Coffee Crisis’

    Solving the ‘Single-Serve Coffee Crisis’

    Step aside, coffee pods. Take a rest, instant coffee. There’s finally a single-serve option available in the world of high-end coffee, and it’s quickly becoming a game changer.  Santa Cruz-based startup Steeped, Inc., to…

  • When bad behavior infects your company, integrity is the cure

    When bad behavior infects your company, integrity is the cure

    My father taught me to nip bad behavior in the bud. Bad behavior is lying, cheating, stealing, bullying, unfair treatment, or anything that compels an honest and upright employee to head for the door. Left uncorrected, bad characters infect others…
    Rock LaManna 05.31.19

  • Blog yourself

    Taking online communication to the next level.
    Jack Kenny 05.31.19

  • Chemistry is the culprit

    There’s something going on that doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’m going to divert from my “scheduled” topic, but it’s necessary. I’ve been reading about chemistry (Bill and David, do you remember Chemistry 101…
    Calvin Frost 05.31.19

  • Cherishing plastic

    Cherishing plastic

    In this column, your correspondent recently reported the death of IPEX, the packaging show that for many years was billed as Britain’s answer to drupa. Now another UK show is aiming to rise up and take over the mantle. The combined Packaging In…
    John Penhallow 05.31.19

  • Make labels do more to inform, inspire customers

    With the evolution of technology and transparency, labels are becoming ever-more robust and informative. Amid all this excitement, however, is the day-to-day routine that can stifle creativity and initiative. When you’re seeking ways to superc…
    Mark Lusky 04.05.19

  • Flexible packaging design winners

    Flexible packaging design winners

    The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has announced the winners of the FPA 2019 Student Flexible Design Challenge. This year’s first place winners were a team of students from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, and a student from San…

  • Your character counts with banks and lenders

    I was asked through a mutual friend to help a company that was sinking in debt. The mutual friend was concerned because the business owner was assigned to a work out specialist at the bank. In addition, the owner was behind in payments to other cred…
    Rock LaManna 04.05.19

  • The value of research in label design

    Analyze and capitalize on the customer’s proclivities.
    Jack Kenny 04.05.19

  • Garbage patch gyres

    My wife invited me to join her to watch a movie at a recent Garden Club meeting.  The movie, “Bag It,” was about plastic contamination in oceans. (What else at a garden club meeting, right!?) It was very graphic and had me thinking a…
    Calvin Frost 04.05.19

  • Norway looking up

    When was the last time you read an article about Norway in the label trade press? Could be some time ago, so here is a quick briefing on one of Europe’s most discreet – and most successful – countries. A mere thousand years ago this…
    John Penhallow 04.05.19

  • Peel and reseal

    Peel and reseal

    Based in Franklin Park, IL, Prairie State Group, or PSG, is a well-known label and flexible packaging supplier. From custom printed labels to custom packaging needs, PSG has a reputation for partnering with its customers to provide solutions that ans…

  • One bad contract can spoil your happy ending

    One bad contract can spoil your happy ending

    Instead of enjoying retirement on a sunny beach with a piña colada, you could end up spending your days running a piece of outdated production equipment in a rented space. It’s a sad ending to a brilliant career, and it happens in secret…
    Rock LaManna 03.14.19

  • How to lose a sale

    The experts get right to the point about mistakes.
    Jack Kenny 03.14.19

  • Taking responsibility

    If we’re committed to a world, a planet in balance, how in the world do we do it? Well, certainly it takes a “pure” committed Huawei, not the one that we’ve recently come to know in the US.  The Huawei I wrote about earli…
    Calvin Frost 03.14.19

  • A royal flush for recycling

    A royal flush for recycling

    This month’s article contains subject matter you may find hard to stomach, so if you’re reading this over lunch, better put it aside until later. Still there? OK, what is the least savory type of paper you would expect to see recycled? W…
    John Penhallow 03.14.19

  • Ice cream packaging that’s a sweet success

    Ice cream packaging that’s a sweet success

    Ever since Mondi scooped up Turkish flexible packaging manufacturer Kalenobel via a July 2016 acquisition, it has eyed the ice cream sector as a cool growth opportunity. Now known as Mondi Kalenobel, the Istanbul-based business, with its pair of pro…

  • Avoid the nine stages of business failure

    In my coaching and advising work, I help owners improve the bottom line, increase sales, and solve problems that affect the success and morale of the business. Sometimes, however, by the time an owner or family member consults with me, the business m…
    Rock LaManna 02.01.19