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Hello Packaging Friends,
" Ideally a book should not be judged by its cover, but ironically an attractive cover is what makes you pick it up in the first place "
In an era where packaging has evolved from being a mere activity of putting goods in a box to becoming a core business vertical supporting critical businesses worldwide, the need for an unified platform catering to a variety of packaging needs was inevitable.
Pioneering in this direction, we present a world of unlimited options, the world of packagingconnections.com – a one click destination for the A to Z in packaging.
In addition to a wide spectrum of custom online services, consulting projects, e books, e learning, packaging KPO, Content marketing, 24×7 access to packaging knowledge portal, nurturing alliances & business support to foreign players we are now excited to launch our another vertical – VIRTUAL EMAIL CONSULTING.
Considering sustainability by reducing carbon footprints being generated on account of business travels, we have launched this model wherein we will provide consulting through emails.
Our experience also supports the fact that consulting can happen virtually also minimizing the travels. Under this vertical we will provide following services:
Salary is one of the most important criteria bases which employees accept jobs. It has always been a challenge for employers and employees to understand the right balance. We got a very good response on our salary survey for packaging industry done 2 years back. The analysis was shared with the industry and was appreciated.
This year we are again back with the survey to analyse the current situation and again share with industry the results of salary survey, for the benefit of both employers and employee in the packaging industry. So we look forward to your responses, the link to survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/salary-2014
This is a non – profitable survey conducted by www.PackagingConnections.com
To know more about us:
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Thank you and Enjoy the Wonders Of Packaging!
Associate – Scientific Affairs & Consultancy
Hello Packaging Friends
Recently while doing some online research, I happen to come across an interesting discussion on a study done by ‘Chemnitz University of Technology’ to understand difficulties faced by senior citizens when it comes to opening various types of packaging.
In the study, senior citizens of both sexes aged from 57 to 77 were invited in the test. Without any time limit, they were asked to open a total of 35 different types of product packaging varying from medication to foodstuffs to cosmetics.
Results were an eye opener that shows failing strength of elderly people in terms of motor functions and vision, leading to difficulty in opening majority of the packs – cardboard boxes, cartons, plastic bags, flexible pouches and so on.
To understand the scenario for Indian / Global companies on how critical they think about this issue, we conducted a survey wherein packaging professionals across the globe have participated and the results we got were quite surprising.
Many people think senior friendly feature is important for pharma sector mainly but is this actual scenario? In modern world where joint family’s system is slowly diminishing, elderly people are staying away from their children and hence has to handle all household chores on their own. This involves dealing with every kind of product packaging from food stuffs, laundry detergents, floor cleaner, pesticides, equipment and appliances and so on. This gives a valid reason to consider senior friendly feature all kind of products/consumer goods industry.
All companies dealing with FMCG products should have this as a critical feature but result shows only 56% companies agrees considering this while designing a pack. Few companies consider implementing senior friendly feature mainly due to regulatory requirements or company policies, not because this gives value addition to consumers.
Another interesting analysis that came from the survey is “labelling”. Many think that this is not a parameter to make a pack senior friendly but actually this is one of the critical parameters. Clear labels in terms of instruction on usage, opening, nutrition, serving etc also defines a senior convenience feature for a pack
Another outcome of the survey shows lack of awareness on various options in making a pack senior friendly and innovations in packaging.
The detailed analysis and data can be downloaded in form of the report – http://www.packagingconnections.com/sites/default/files/senior_friendly_packaging_report.pdf
We look forward to your valuable inputs on the same to understand the scenario in micro aspects as well.
Chhavi Goel (Research & Business Consulting)
Packaging innovations, Ideas, Interactions, Interviews, News, Resources, Consulting, Blogs, Business Reviews, Knowledge sharing, Directions, Interpack 2014
Founder & CEO
A recent campaign has been conducted by ‘Chemnitz University of Technology’ to understand difficulties faced by senior citizens when it comes to opening various types of packaging.
The result of this campaign shows failing strength of elderly people in terms of motor functions and vision, leading to difficulty in opening majority of the packs – cardboard boxes, cartons, plastic bags, flexible pouches and so on
To comprehend it better, our team at Packaging Connections has designed a survey on “senior friendly packaging”.
We look forward to your replies to understand the current trends and analysis on how important "senior friendly packaging" is for our (packaging) industry.
Once completed, we will share the results / analysis with the participants
For joining the survey please follow this link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3V38VK2
Sandeep Kumar Goyal
Founder & CEO
Hello!! Friends of Packaging!
Building of "Outernet" for free global Wi-Fi access is in progress by a US company. The idea is to offer free internet access to all people regardless of location. This is the interesting development in this fast developing networked life. In fact what is said that "visibility and activity on social media will be future of businesses in this century".
So as for packaging professionals to be effective, it's also critical that they can access the packaging innovations and news at one place quickly and timely. This is what we are developing at www.Packagingconnections.com. We call it Outernet of Packaging. We would be available at Interpack 2014 and would be glad to take you through this amazing world of packaging innovations.
Please do let us know if you are visiting Interpack and we will be pleased to connect with you,
With kind regards and Enjoy Wonders Of Packaging!
Sandeep Kumar Goyal
Founder & CEO
This recent notification by Himachal Pradesh High Court directing the state government to ban the sale, storage, entry and manufacture of non-essential food items packaged in non-biodegradable material in the state by January 26 will prove havoc for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) segment. The list of food items includes chips, chocolates, biscuits, ‘namkeen’, noodles, Ice Creams and beverages.
A division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice VK Sharma last Thursday directed the government to ensure edible oils and fats are not sold in plastic bottles and pouches, but rather packed in tin containers. The ban excludes drinking water, both packed and mineral
In its January 10 order, court had said — “We are not in any manner issuing directions that such items are banned because that is not within the purview of the court but if we follow the Himachal Pradesh Non-Biodegradable (Control) Act of 1995, the least we can do is to direct that these harmful items should be sold only in bio-degradable packing.” It said such packing might increase cost of products, “but it would be worth paying that extra money to protect environment and health of the children”.
Major stakeholders affected by this ban are preparing to move the Supreme Court but in the meantime it will be an uphill task for the state government to implement the orders. When asked RK Aggarwal, Vice President (North Zone) of The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association (AIPMA) whether in fact going the bio-degradable way is in fact the future, he replied by saying that a ban is not a solution. He added, “For a common man, the term bio-degradability has a lot of ambiguity around it. Authorities need to first define the specifications of bio-degradability. Moreover, at present commercial availability of bio-degradable resins is not available in the country.”
KP Mohandas, secretary general of IBMA, said the court order is clearly against the interest of consumers, industry and trade. “We have been consulting the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) about introducing bio-degradable packaging. The director told us clearly that no such technology is available in the country for biodegradable packaging of mass food products such as biscuits. We are very disappointed with the order,” he said.
This ban might also imply then that brands need to have separate packaging for products that are retailed in the state of Himachal Pradesh, which is not a viable case. The state government is waiting to receive court orders and directives after which the ban will be implemented. “I believe regulating this ban will be an uphill task. Moreover, it might also affect tourism in the state to a certain extent. Instead of banning items, the government should really be working at fine-tuning the collection and sorting of post-consumer waste,” said Aggarwal.
Now being packaging professionals our concern is why it’s always plastics that is targeted and blamed for all environment hazards that happen?? Isn’t it better if govt comes up with guidelines and better procedures to collect waste and further recycles it? There are associations, NGOs who make beautiful products out of recycled plastics, laminates and waste – why not promote these and support the industry.
Secondly if they are banning plastics for snack foods, what options do they have for industry – should be simply ban these products since alone neither paper nor metal packaging is a solutions for these products
Hope this information helps you in some of your decisions, we do look forward to your inputs and discussions here,
NONE OF US IS AS SMART AS ALL OF US. – JAPANESE PROVERB
2013 was one of the busiest years at PackagingConnections, the year was Full of Action. The team undertook a wide spectrum of projects. These projects involved different level of expertise. Some of the feathers added to our cap in 2013.
IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES 2013: Huge Success with 150+ Packaging Innovation across three major sectors (FMCG, Healthcare & Pharma and Cosmetics. With live samples and discussion only on Innovations the event was witnessed by many stalwarts of packaging. Company from different sectors participated and took back great ideas to fill their project pipeline. To see more
GLOBAL PROJECTS: PackagingConnections this year managed its one of the biggest global project. The project was on assessing process capabilities of different vendors for the user companies. Project management involved different teams across continents. The key highlights were, understanding customer requirements and adapting to different work styles, cultures, ways of working and teams instantly. http://www.packagingconnections.com/consultancy.htm
NEW CLIENTS: Packaging Connections this year added new MNC’s in its clientele base. The key projects were delivered on packaging insights, cost saving and optimization, medical device designing for self- injection, low migration labels for ophthalmic formulations
E- LEARNING was an another attempt to bridge the gap in packaging knowledge. The course started with a simple basic tutorial on Modified Atmosphere Packaging
E – BOOKS : The concept of “Learn, Un-Learn and Re-Learn” holds true for packaging as well. To understand challenging packaging concepts we presented our first e-book on “Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovations” as kindle edition.
NETWORK GROWTH: Our members on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in has grown to many folds during 2013. We started with few hundreds during year start and now we have 26000+ likers on our FB page.
LinkedIn member base has increased to 5000+ http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Packaging-Connections-1588847?home=&gid=1588847&trk=anet_ug_hm&goback=%2Egna_1588847
Wish you Happy, Healthy, Wealthy New Year
Enjoy Wonders Of Packaging!
Sandeep Kumar Goyal
Founder & CEO
Its interesting to see how Indian Retail market is changing and growing. Tesco is now going to be new entrant in India as it looks like. It was in the newspapers all over today. Its a good thing to happen as Indian consumers would have access to better quality products through better packaging. I feel that success of all these chains depend heavily on quick packaging solutions. So Indian packaging industry needs to gear up for small run but high quality packaging solutions. It says that retail market is worth$500 billion, this means even if we take 5% as packaging cost then its about $25 billion packaging market. So good news for packaging community.
So Indian packaging industry need to be not only quick but also innovative and we at www.PackagingConnections.com are always trying to show the packaging innovations from across the globe. let us see how Tesco now changes the packaging scenario in India, good luck to them and welcome to India.
Things are changing all the time, we are learning so many things and also need to unlearn and then suddenly we realize that we need to Relearn. Same things happens in packaging too, There are so many packaging concepts which are changing all the time and new concepts are coming. We presented them at Ideas and Opportunities 2013. Some of those have now been published as an e-Book on Kindle titled Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovations. You can directly buy and download the book from Amazon Kindle store.
Link to buy for Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GYJTXRC
In case you do not have the Kindle, Anybody can read Kindle books even without a Kindle device with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones and tablets.
I hope you will like the book and use them in your project pipeline. The contributors to this e-Book presentation are:
Amita Venkatesh Vallesha, Associate: Scientific Affairs & Consultancy
Chhavi Aggarwal, Associate: Research & Business Consulting
Bhaskar Ch, Technology Advisor e-business
Sonu Sheoran, Associate Research & Technology
Ashok Kumar, Programme Manager: KPO
Hope you will enjoy this collection and presentation, please do send us your comments at email@example.com
Enjoy Wonders Of Packaging!
Founder & CEO