Columns


  • Labels truly can be a life, death and health influence

    From allergies to aspartame, does packaging disclose enough?
    Mark Lusky 09.10.18

  • Packaging for health and safety

    Packaging for health and safety

    Keystone Folding Box Co., a designer and cGMP manufacturer of paperboard packaging solutions, has developed a modified, customizable version of its Ecosite-RX prescription blister package to address the ongoing opioid epidemic currently taking place…
    09.10.18

  • Integrity matters: Doing the right thing when no one else is around

    People often define integrity as doing the right thing when no one else is around. That’s a great line from an article on business integrity written by Brenda Barnes. I think it really hits home, because today, more than ever, it seems like &ld…
    Rock LaManna 09.10.18

  • Working the show

    There’s more to Labelexpo than strolling the aisles.
    Jack Kenny 09.10.18

  • Sustainable investing

    Sally came to dinner the other evening. We don’t see her as much now that Bob is gone.  She lives north in the summer, south in the winter and west in between. Who knows where she is or when? It was kind of fun to semi-listen to her update…
    Calvin Frost 09.10.18

  • Sticks and carrots

    Sticks and carrots

    In the July/August issue of L&NW, Calvin Frost, author of Letters from the Earth, took a hard look at sustainability and recycling. He concluded that to get from here to there America needs markets, technology and education. Much the same appli…
    John Penhallow 09.10.18

  • ‘Share a Coke’ comes to India, HP’s champagne packaging collaboration

    ‘Share a Coke’ comes to India, HP’s champagne packaging collaboration

    With the aim to provide unique experiences and enhance personal engagement with consumers, HP Inc. has collaborated with Coca-Cola to bring the famous “Share a Coke” campaign to India. The initiative aims to give people the opportunity…
    07.13.18

  • When do you start to think about the end of your career?

    I saw an interesting quote from LeBron James, the NBA’s premier player. He was being asked about his career trajectory, and he waxed philosophic in a way that rang true with not only me, but I’m sure many of my clients. “As you g…
    07.13.18

  • The art of listening

    Customers know when you’re not paying close attention.
    Jack Kenny 07.13.18

  • A monster of a problem

    A monster of a problem

    Folks, we have a problem. Neither the “love” potion as postulated at the royal wedding by the Most Right Reverend Michael Curry, the presiding head of the American Episcopal Church, nor the love messages from Bob Dylan and others of 50 ye…
    Calvin Frost 07.13.18

  • Old Wine in Old Bottles

    Old Wine in Old Bottles

    A couple of thousand years ago, the Greek colony of Antipolis, now Antibes on the French Riviera, was an important trading post. Amber, tin, slaves and wood went south in exchange for Mediterranean specialties like olive oil and wine. In the Antibes…
    John Penhallow 07.13.18

  • Chewy shows convergence of marketing and customer service

    Offer superb customer service, and promote it on labels and packaging.
    Mark Lusky 07.13.18

  • Now is the month of Maying…

    Now is the month of Maying…

    When merry lads are playing. And here in France they had lots of time for it this month. The first (Mayday), eighth (VE Day), 10th (Ascension Day) and 21st (Whit-Monday) were all public holidays. Then we have the tradition of the “Pont,”…
    John Penhallow 05.25.18

  • What’s On The Outside Is What Counts

    What’s On The Outside Is What Counts

    With one-third of consumer purchasing decisions based on packaging alone, premium packaging has a huge influence on buying decisions and creates ripple effects in word-of-mouth advertising and social media. In addition to sparking interest and pushin…
    Jared Powell 05.25.18

  • We’re Still at Code Red After Five Years

    It was five years ago that I created “12 Code Red Seller’s Mistakes.” This downloadable PDF was designed to be a timely guide for printing owners looking to sell their business. Timely has now become timeless. Five years later…
    Rock LaManna 05.25.18

  • Ink and Branding: Cost Considerations

    Creative thinkers focus on reducing print costs through design.
    Jack Kenny 05.25.18

  • Passing Gas, Keeping Score

    Passing Gas, Keeping Score

    First, apologies for that photo in the April issue. Suffice it to say, I had no idea our editor would connect it to my comments on California’s Cap & Trade scheme, as well as my admiration for Governor Jerry Brown. Nor had I looked closely…
    Calvin Frost 05.25.18

  • ‘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