Columns


  • 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…
    03.14.19

  • 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of enjoying retirement on a sunny beach with a piña colada, you could end up spending your days running a piece of outdated production equipment in a rented space.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?…
    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…
    02.01.19

  • 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

  • The sword and the substrate

    China’s restrictions on recyclable waste are bad and good for business.
    Jack Kenny 02.01.19

  • This is not about China

    Wow, a flurry of emails from you regarding my last column on Chinese domination of the solar industry. And, most recently, the controversy surrounding the arrest of Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, of Huawei. Lots of spirited comments, but at l…
    Calvin Frost 02.01.19

  • Recycling dilemmas

    Recycling dilemmas

    In India, Egypt and other developing countries, the very poor can earn a small pittance by collecting and helping to recycle the used cans and plastic bottles that richer folk have thrown away. Not so in Germany, where the returnable PET bottle is…
    John Penhallow 02.01.19

  • Give your company a New Year customer service audit

    “Customer service” is a term that for most conjures an image of a company rep talking with a customer about a challenge, problem or question. In today’s world where everything about company performance is subject to scrutiny, the Ne…
    Mark Lusky 02.01.19

  • Customer service means preventing counterfeiting, too

    One not-so-obvious customer service function is thwarting the purchase of counterfeit goods, a massive and growing problem. Innovative technology that identifies counterfeiting also helps engage customers one-on-one. Labels with individual, unique di…
    Mark Lusky 11.16.18

  • QTL’s ‘King of Pops’ packaging

    QTL’s ‘King of Pops’ packaging

    King of Pops, maker of natural frozen treats, recently used HP SmartStream Collage, HP Indigo’s new automated variable design software, to produce tens of thousands of unique, playfully designed wrappers for its Halloween edition. The world&rsq…
    11.16.18

  • What most successful people do exceptionally well

    Life is one big transition, isn’t it? You transition into this world from the womb.  Then you go through multiple transitions throughout your life: youth, adolescence, adulthood, school, relationships, marriage, family, career.  An…
    Rock LaManna 11.16.18

  • Weed labels

    Unless you sit down and actually read the regulations governing the legal use of cannabis, you probably don’t have a clue how long and exhaustive they are. Included in those legislative volumes are rules about labeling and packaging. Every indu…
    Jack Kenny 11.16.18

  • China means business

    In my last column I wrote about the importance of photosynthesis.  I said photosynthesis “is the essence of life.” I spent most of the column discussing the biological process of photosynthesis and the importance of sun energy as the…
    Calvin Frost 11.16.18

  • Green beer

    Green beer

    It is well known that in Germany they like their beer to be pure and free from all harmful ingredients (apart from alcohol). It is maybe less well known internationally that a lot of German beer comes in returnable glass bottles. This means the beer…
    John Penhallow 11.16.18

  • Your employees are customers, too

    Employees can be a company’s best asset to create and test out marketing, branding and customer service strategies. An article by Forbes’ Micah Solomon makes this point in a recent piece entitled, “Employees Are Customers Too.&rdquo…
    Mark Lusky 10.12.18

  • From six-pack to Snap Pack

    From six-pack to Snap Pack

    Carlsberg, one of the world’s leading brewery groups, has announced a series of innovations including its new Snap Pack, which is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1,200 tons a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic b…
    10.12.18

  • ‘Kids these days’ can teach Baby Boomers something special

    As I moved into my sixties, I was fully expecting to repeat a phrase uttered by my parents, and their parents as well: “Kids these days.” Yep, I was ready to say it, shake my head, and then start talking about how we used to do thin…
    Rock LaManna 10.12.18