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IoPP scholarship fund growing
IoPP is pleased to offer six academic scholarships to exceptional students headed for careers in the packaging field. Through PepsiCo R&D, the Contract Packaging Association and IoPP Benefactor, Chapter and Technical Committee support, these scholarships have been created to elevate packaging education by raising awareness of packaging as a career choice. As an added bonus, the talent identified through this program will be shared with IoPP Benefactor companies as a recruiting tool for their organizations. This could be that post-graduation foot in the door that jump-starts careers! Applications are now being accepted.
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2015 IoPP Salary Survey ready for your input
More money in 2015? Last year, 65 percent of those who participated in the 2014 IoPP Salary Survey said that they expected to earn more in 2014 than they did in 2013. Does this hold true for 2015? Let us know if you expect to make more money — or less — in 2015 than you did in 2014 by participating in this year's Salary Survey. The survey, which is developed in cooperation with Gros Executive Recruiters and with the media support of Packaging World magazine, also asks you how today's economy impacts your career and how you feel your job has evolved (or not) during the past year. The survey closes Feb. 27, so please provide your input now.
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Packaging Digest article focused on women in packaging
According to a recently published article in Packaging Digest, more women are rising to the highest levels of leadership within packaging departments, and the trend promises to change how the packaging industry does business. Says Jane Chase, CPP, Fellow, Chair, IoPP, who is featured in the article, "It may seem that packaging departments are still male dominated, but there continues to be a group of strong women that are just coming of age, and it won't be long before the balance shifts." Chase, who is senior director of packaging engineering at the Schwann Food Co., also emphasizes that women bring a "unique point of view regarding consumers' view of packaging."
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IoPP-CPA survey uncovers important trends
Providers and buyers of contract packaging services agree that over the next three years, multipacking, kitting and assembly services; pre-packaging services such as product blending and filling; and primary packaging involving direct product contact will be in high demand for contract packaging, according to an IoPP-Contract Packaging Association member survey during January. The survey was developed by Contract Packaging magazine. Furthermore, the survey indicates that consumer packaged goods companies will have strong demand for turnkey purchasing services from contract packagers, CPG companies are most likely to turn to contract packagers citing a lack of in-house packaging expertise/equipment and as a way to overcome short-term or seasonal capacity constraints, and that on both the service provider and buyer sides, there is an overwhelming preference for contract packagers offering services beyond packaging — i.e., contract manufacturing, distribution and logistics. The unscientific survey had 91 respondents; 54 packaging service providers and 37 CPG companies. Look for a more in-depth article in an upcoming issue of Contract Packaging magazine.
IoPP Premium Webinar: Getting quality consumer insight to guide packaging development
Ex-E.&J. Gallo managers to talk research for packaging projects at Feb. 19 IoPP webinar. Sometimes, great packaging is created in a vacuum. Sometimes, it needs consumer input. How do you know which technique to choose to fit your challenge, your management’s philosophy and the budget? This webinar will provide an overview of up-to-date research options for packaging projects, as well as different objectives-based research paths in this one-size-does-not-fit all world. This special presentation features two speakers with rich backgrounds in consumer insight. Sigal Kremer and Melinda Wooten draw on their many years of experience as consumer insights managers at E.&J. Gallo Winery, prior to forming KW Strategems. Their research consultancy concentrates on areas including ethnography, focus groups and quantitative studies. Don't miss out on this highly informative presentation in IoPP's Premium Webinar Series. To attend, you must be an IoPP member!
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IoPP AmeriStar Package Awards competition is now accepting entries
The AmeriStar recognizes the world's best packaging in multiple categories. We know how hard you and your team have worked to develop your company's outstanding packages. And for this you deserve widespread global recognition. Entry deadline is March 13, and judging will begin March 19. Winners will be honored June 9 at the annual AmeriStar/UBM Canon Visionary Awards Reception at EastPack in New York City.
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HealthPack 2015 registration is open: IoPP member discount
HealthPack, the leading industry conference and exhibition focusing on medical device packaging, has opened registration for the 2015 event, which will be March 3-5 in Norfolk, Virginia. IoPP members receive a $100 discount on their registration.
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Make better packaging decisions — gain a working knowledge of machinery
Your package development team tweaks the shoulder slope on a bottle. Or, the team "finalizes" a package design and gets it to operations, only to make additional subsequent changes. These and other packaging scenarios all have implications for how well your package functions on the production line. IoPP's Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar provides introductory working knowledge to navigate these challenges successfully. It's coming up March 16-18 at Frain Industries, which for nearly 10 years has provided IoPP with its conference center and access to its expansive shop floor for hands-on learning for this seminar.
View the course outline and register today!
ISTA's 2015 TransPack Forum includes e-commerce segment
The ISTA TransPack Forum, taking place April 7-10 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida, includes an afternoon dedicated to e-commerce. The special sustainability segment and panel discussion from the 2014 TransPack Forum were a big success. This year's special segment will focus on the evolving E-Commerce supply chain and its impact on packaging. The presentations will provide insight on E-Commerce packaging from the perspective of manufacturers, CPGs, retailers, carriers and test laboratories and will culminate in a panel discussion with questions from the audience. Click here for complete TransPack Forum agenda. IoPP members are eligible for a discounted rate! To receive the reduced forum registration rate, choose "IoPP Member" at the end of the registration process. The member rate will be applied by ISTA before your payment is processed.
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Replenish bottle idea may be on leading edge of large-scale success
Inspiration can come at the strangest places. For Jason Foster, it was standing at the ironing board. The inventor of the Replenish bottle has spent the last seven years working toward the success of the refillable plastic bottle system that he believes is on the cusp of large scale success. He only has to point to the world's largest retailer and one of the world's largest plastics packaging companies as proof.
Looking to get published this year?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the IoPP Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of IoPP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
Contract Packaging Association offers technical scholarship
The Contract Packaging Association has developed a scholarship program focused on machinery. With support from the Institute of Packaging Professionals, CPA will award a $2,500 scholarship to a student specializing in packaging machinery or systems. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be a student as of the fall of 2015, and enrolled in an accredited college/university or vocational/training school with a technical or mechanical degree focus in packaging machinery or systems.
Are biohazard pressure bags meeting federal regulations?
Vonco Product LLC reports that with an increasing number of infectious biological specimens and samples being transported through traditional mail and other commercial delivery services, ensuring they are packaged safely and securely is more important than ever. Federal and international regulations are in place to safeguard against most dangers. However, it appears that many bags on the market aren't meeting those requirements.
More packaging inspection for food safety is a 'no-brainer'
When it comes to food safety, are companies doing enough? Nearly 80 percent of the people who responded to a recent online poll say food and beverage manufacturers need to add more inspection on their packaging lines to help ensure product safety. "Cost per pack inspected is low. Cost per recall prevented is high. It's a no-brainer!" says one respondent.
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Modest film growth driven by food packaging
When it comes to films, degradable plastics' star is on the rise while PVC's star value is waning, according to this new study that forecasts plastic film growth at 1.5 percent yearly through 2018. The U.S. demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 15.4 billion pounds, valued at $24.9 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group.
Food industry drags its heels on recyclable and compostable packaging
National Public Radio
Overall, Americans recycle at the lamentable rate of 34.5 percent and recycle plastic packaging at the even measlier rate of 14 percent. So the majority of that food packaging is ending up in landfills, or on the street as litter, where it may eventually get swept into the ocean. There, our wrappers and cans and cups become a much bigger problem — a direct threat to marine life that may ingest it and die.
Bacardi Rum's packaging design has Art Deco flavor
After more than a decade, Bacardi Rum is getting a redesign. The company announced on its recent 153rd anniversary that it's releasing new packaging with an Art Deco-influenced style. The Bacardi bat logo represents good fortune, good health and family unity and was influenced by drawings from the early 1900s. The label draws from fonts used
Accessibility of medical packaging: Learning from people with impairments
Why is accessible packaging important? According to UK consumer champion Which, a quarter of people regularly need help to open packaging and the same proportion have to rely or others more than they would like to. Manufacturers of medical products face a dilemma when designing packaging, as the requirements for safety can compromise the accessibility of the packaging.
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