• Two Italian designers are making handbags from food packaging and Amazon parcels

    Product and pattern developer Chiara and leather goods expert Matteo formed their own studio back in 2011, called Camera60. But recently the pair have been working on this unique upcycling project. Chiara tells Metro.co.uk: ‘It was all about experimentation, making bags from unusual materials. We made a capsule collection using grocery shopping bags – our intention was reuse plastic stuff in a different way. ‘On the other hand, we wanted to bring the craftsmanship leather goods details into everyday objects.’ Some of their best creations include a quilted cross-body bag made out of an Oreo wrapper, a handbag created from a Heineken cardboard box and a shoulder bag made with an Amazon Prime shipping package. Other items include Dior-inspired saddlebag formed from a Corn Flakes cereal box and a bag made out of an Italian cookies packet.

  • Market Oriented Packaging with Display Boxes

    What is Market Oriented Packaging? A market-oriented packaging is the one according to the latest market trends and picturizes the interests of customers. This kind of packaging can enhance the worth of your products and ensure more customer reach. A glamorous design printed on the surface and an engaging message can be featured to make the boxes more market-oriented. People will certainly take more interest in such kind of packaging. Also, you will be able to market your retail products without any hassle. All you have to do is choose the best packaging design that is the trendiest and mesmerizes the customers. Custom Display Boxes Display boxes with customized designs and features are more likely to be noticed by the customers. Thus, choosing the chicest custom design for custom display boxes is the only way you can skyrocket the sales. There could be numerous options that a packaging company will offer to you for boxes' design. You have to be vigilant enough to make the boxes useful for your target customers. By making use of attractive packaging designs and creative features on the boxes, you can easily appeal to customers' eyes. Display Boxes Types There are numerous types of display boxes that are available at different packaging companies. These are: • Display Tray Boxes • Tray Boxes with Extended Flap • Counter Display Boxes • Display Boxes with Lids • Display Boxes with Windows All of these boxes are very impressive in their appeal. They add much more worth to the displayed product. Mostly, these boxes are placed on storefronts to maximize the reach. Customers coming into a departmental store or paying the bill at the counter will have a look at these boxes. So, boxes displayed in such places can help your target customers evaluate the elegance of products housed inside them. The Best form of Display Boxes All of the display boxes mentioned above are high-grade and can increase the sales of your branded products. It depends upon the type of products that are going to be displayed. You can get the appropriate size for display boxes according to the dimensions of your products. Also, there are numerous ways of making these boxes customized. If you are going to display cosmetic products, then the display boxes with extended back flap become imperative as it's about their safety. Also, retail products such as candies and chocolates can impress customers' attention when displayed through boxes without lids. So, all you have to do is focus on the color and design of the packaging boxes while the boxes' style will be compatible with the products. Display Boxes Supplies If you are looking for such a valuable display boxes packaging, then choosing the best boxes' supply is crucial. A renowned packaging company can offer standard packaging for your product. So, all you have to do is choose a reputable packaging company such as Boxes Xpert Hub. It is because BXH has numerous satisfied customers all over the US and Canada. They provide the most promising custom boxes so, never delay contacting them for the most creatively designed Display packaging boxes.

  • HUGO BECK LAUNCHES NEW E-COMMERCE PACKAGING SOLUTIONS

    Both uncoated and coated paper can be used for producing bags with two glued or sewn sides plus a top overlap. When using film, the patented tight bag packaging ensures there is a minimum excess with only as much film being used as is needed. Timo Kollmann, sales director at Hugo Beck, said: “Whether dealing with the direct dispatch of individual goods, packing groups of products or meeting the complex requirements of returned goods packaging; the PB 800 E-Com hybrid solution ensures companies are perfectly equipped to meet the needs of e-commerce packaging.” Alongside the PB 800 E-Com, and for those who are looking to pack only with film, the new flexo 600 E-Com machine packs e-commerce goods to the highest standards, minimising film use and maximising results both with and without shrinking of the film bags. Designed to process products with a width of up to 600 mm and a height of 300 mm, a quick changeover adjusts between product batches or, as an option, the machine can automatically adapt to changes in a product’s length, height or width. Speed and flexibility are key to the design of both machines, with up to 1500 cycles per hour available. The PB 800 E-Com can handle paper gauges of 80 – 130 g/m² and both machines can handle film thicknesses of between 30-100 μm. Connectable to customer’s ERP or control systems both machines can also be easily integrated within a production line. Additional options include the ability to add an easy-opening perforation to the packaging as well as inserting a double-sided adhesive tape for resealing a bag for returns. An integrated scanner with a controller for product detection and creation of a shipping label can also be included on the line for additional capability. Timo Kollmann concluded: “The e-commerce sector demands a wide variety of packaging styles. This, alongside the need to wrap a wide range of products quickly, flexibly and sustainably, means that our new machines are ideal for delivering perfect packaging results at high speeds and across a choice of paper or packaging substrates.”

  • Smurfit Kappa demonstrates truly impactful sustainability at leading kraftliner mill

    The innovative new boiler will enable the plant to further boost energy optimisation at the mill. By recovering energy from the biomass contained in black liquor from pulp production, the new boiler is set to cut CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes, which equates to about two-thirds of the current emissions at the site, and 2.4% of those from Smurfit Kappa Europe. The Future Energy Plant also involved developing an advanced new steam turbine, as well as several other projects including an upgraded water treatment plant and installation of additional drying cylinders to the paper machine. Speaking about the mill’s latest milestone, Günter Hochrathner, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, said: “I am very proud to get to this day in such a huge and ambitious project and it’s a great moment for all our employees here. By starting to operate this new recovery boiler, we have taken a very important step forward in sustainability and are practising true circularity.” Laurent Sellier, COO Smurfit Kappa Paper & Board, Europe, added: "The Future Energy Plant project was part of an ongoing investment programme by the Smurfit Kappa Group to implement a series of transformative sustainable innovations. Efficient energy plants play a major role in the production of paper. “This investment in Nettingsdorf will enable us to ensure a long-term supply of high-quality and sustainable containerboard - something our customers have come to expect from us.” Founded in 1851 and with over 360 employees, Nettingsdorf is one of Smurfit Kappa’s most efficient paper mills and one of the leading producers of kraftliner in Europe. The mill produces approximately 450,000 tonnes of paper annually and has seen a 34% increase in productivity since becoming part of Smurfit Kappa in 1995.

  • Smart packaging builds better connections

    Consumers want richer information about the food and beverages they are consuming. Not only do they want to know the ingredients, they want access to a plethora of other information including the supply chain it passed through; the impact on the planet and their health; the treatment of workers; and product safety. Today, the packaging for those products offers more than just protection and branding. Digitisation and smart packaging mean companies can educate and connect directly with their consumers. With the sustainability conversation consistently being pushed to the forefront, we are redesigning and adapting to an environment that fosters innovation to help solve the problem. An optimal concept is that our supply chains continuously cycle old materials back into the ecosystem, but with emphasis on designs that can be long-lasting, re-manufactured and reused. This is the circular economy concept most are trying to break through today. Materials being utilised are pushing the boundaries of innovation, but it isn’t quite so simple with challenges such as food safety and anti-counterfeit/tampering, and requires careful thought and consideration. Innovative materials solutions such as APEEL utilise plant-based preservatives to form a clear film around fresh produce, keeping it fresh, lasting longer and encapsulating the nutrients. Other organisations are looking to plant-based options such as seaweed and algae to reinvent packaging. Much focus and development needs to go into the food safety component of these solutions, as the safety of the population ultimately takes priority. Mapping and tracking Packaging has moved past purely being a means to wrap food and display ingredients and nutritional information. New forms of packaging are being reimagined with technology amplifying the way we interact and engage with packaging. Transparency has driven innovation in digitisation and the ability to connect into a digitised supply chain. The ability to track a product from conception through to the consumer experience is available for brands to not only map steps, but pull through data and create a meaningful experience for consumers. The ability to map the lifecycle of a product increases transparency for all parties involved and streamlines processes. Connected packaging offers a direct channel of communication to the consumer, with an opportunity to be innovative with how this content is displaced. With retailer competition becoming increasingly fierce, transparency builds consumer trust and loyalty, creating more value for those involved throughout. Opening the curtains The ability to create a direct connection with those purchasing product enables a tailored experience, leveraging data and information in a meaningful way. Labelling is no longer restricted to the physical outer package, but the ability to have a code that can be scanned via a camera as a bridge to more information opens a plethora of opportunity for transparency and shared information. Consumers are curious about their products and they are becoming increasingly educated and in search of transparency from brands. Capturing value for products relies on story telling that underlies the products we grow. Evidence and data-based storytelling is what consumers are demanding, and the storytelling must be substantive in authentication. Leveraging a digitised supply chain ensures a true and valid provenance story, which is a key differentiator for both domestic and international consumers. Having smart and connected packaging with traceability back to the grower right through the supply chain underpins an important attribute in story-telling. Traceability enables transparency, and transparency enables trust.

  • DS Smith donates e-commerce boxes for disinfection products

    The e-commerce packaging has been delivered from DS Smith's Finnish sites to world class gin and rye-whisky manufacturer Kyrö Distillery Company, which has transformed its alcohol production into hand sanitizer production and packs these bottles to be delivered via online store to those in need. “It is in line with DS Smith's values to support the communities in which we operate. When we heard that our customer Kyrö Distillery Company was joining the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic and had started producing much needed disinfectant production, we wanted to offer a helping hand. We have donated environmentally friendly corrugated boxes designed for e-commerce so that those products can be safely transported to those who need it,” says Ari Viinikkala, Managing Director of DS Smith's Finnish business “Getting DS Smith onboard feels nice, of course. This is a moment where we need to work together and look after our partnerships. Despite the opportunity being taken during the demand peak, we had no aim to take advantage of the situation but rather secure the needs of health and livelihood. In deliveries we prioritise critical sectors in society,” says Mikko Koskinen, CMO at Kyrö Distellery Company. "We would not have been able to do this without our professional employees who are doing their best to make sure we can operate part of the crucial supply chains related to food and pharmaceutical goods, even in the midst of a pandemic," continues Ari Viinikkala. DS Smith continues its important work during the pandemic as part of logistics chains that ensure secure supply of environmentally friendly cardboard packaging for its customers' needs - so that healthcare and food sectors needs are met and online stores, serving Finns at home, can continue to deliver products in a safe way.

  • Successful Commercial Pilot of Real-Time Track-and-Trace Technology for Cold Chain

    Cold chain packaging provider CSafe Global has successfully implemented track-and-trace technology into its active air cargo containers following a commercial pilot shipment with DHL. For the pilot, RKN containers were loaded with temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and flown from Puerto Rico to Kentucky and then transported by truck to their destination in Chicago. CSafe engineers successfully integrated state-of-the-art tracking devices into the RKN containers, providing real-time location, container temperature, ambient temperature, container tilt, container shock, door opening/closing events, and humidity. “This technology will bring the insight into shipment status and product condition that customers expect,” noted Tom Weir, CSafe’s chief operating officer. “The tracking devices continually collect data and deliver it in real time to a cloud-based platform. From there, customers and CSafe support staff will have 24/7 access to monitor every shipment and intervene if necessary. It’s this ability to intervene that will give CSafe customers additional peace of mind that their products will arrive in perfect condition for patients. Being first to market with this type of innovation demonstrates CSafe’s commitment to best-in-class products and continuous improvement across our product portfolio.” With this first commercial pilot now finished, CSafe will move on with additional commercial test shipments during the next few months and incorporate customer feedback into its custom visibility platform. The platform will be device-agnostic and able to track additional, commercially available telemetry devices. This flexibility is essential for CSafe as it implements the technology across its entire portfolio of air cargo, parcel, and cell and gene solutions. As a key partner focused heavily on its Strategy 2025 of digitalization, DHL has been supportive of CSafe’s efforts on this project. “We at DHL appreciate partners who are dedicated to innovation that not only meets the current need but goes well beyond to anticipate the future needs of our customers,” said Patricia Cole, global head of temperature management solutions and same day for DHL Global Forwarding. “This technology will revolutionize the cold chain and we are thrilled to be involved.” The team delivered despite the challenges 2020 has brought with it. “Tom and his entire team have been researching, planning, testing, and retesting every aspect of this project for months to ensure we provide the best possible hardware, software, and experience to our customers,” said Patrick Schafer, CSafe’s CEO. “They enlisted help and insight from our partners and customers and the result is once again something we are all very proud to offer. While others may have delayed or cancelled innovation efforts due to COVID-19, we saw it as an opportunity to truly test the equipment and software.”

  • PadPak Guardian, Packaging to grow your business

    Over the years Ranpak has developed converters of different sizes for various applications. PadPak Guardian simplifies everything, combining multiple benefits in one converter while reducing physical footprint significantly at the same time. The compact footprint of PadPak Guardian means it can be placed in tight corners for better production flow and use of space. Converters can be moved easily by operators when required, and quickly adjusted to the height required for individual applications. The result is an optimized packaging environment and more efficient use of your premises.

  • Alpla announces to purchase Spanish Packaging producer

    Founded in 1978, Bopla S.A. uses the technologies EBM (extrusion blow moulding) and ISBM (injection stretch blow moulding) to produce plastic packaging. The majority of its customers are from the cosmetics, personal and household care market segments. The site in Les Franqueses near Barcelona currently has a workforce of 50, with all the employees set to be kept on by ALPLA. ‘Bopla is well positioned in areas that belong to ALPLA’s core lines of business. We also want to make the most of the company’s many years of experience with single-step manufacturing processes to expand our portfolio,’ says Marc de Voogd, General Manager ALPLA France and Iberia. ALPLA has already had a production plant in Les Franqueses since 1990, which will surely benefit the integration of the new site. ALPLA is acquiring Bopla S.A. as part of an asset deal. It currently has approximately 50 employees at the site, who produce plastic packaging for customers in the cosmetics, personal and household care sectors.

  • Flipkart cuts plastic packaging by 50% by shifting to paper

    E-commerce major Flipkart announced that it has cut down the usage of plastic packaging in its own supply chain to about a half. The Walmart-owned company has also started phasing out plastic packaging through usage of paper-based packaging from this month. In a statement, Flipkart said it has been working across the ecosystem to evaluate and introduce sustainable packaging materials in its supply chain. As part of its efforts to move towards zero waste, the company has been able to reduce plastic packaging in its supply chain. The sustainable packaging for Flipkart’s supply chain assets in Maharashtra includes replacing plastic security bags with security envelopes made of paper. In addition, all fillers and wrapping films have been replaced with cushioning materials made from recycled paper. The company has been driving several initiatives as it pursues sustainable growth, which includes the introduction of eco-friendly paper shreds, replacing poly pouches with recycled paper bags, replacing bubble wraps and airbags with carton waste shredded material and 2 Ply roll to name a few. Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Flipkart Group, said, “Flipkart is strongly committed to environmental sustainability and is working actively with various partners on long-term sustainability initiatives, helping drive ecosystem awareness. We are pleased with the progress made in our own supply chain to introduce and explore different packaging concepts to have an impact now and in the future." Flipkart works with over 200,000 local sellers, mostly MSMEs across the country, many of whom also ship customer orders directly and make their own packaging decisions.

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