Redefining Reality and Delivering High Growth in Uncertain Times

Last month, Fast Company issued its 2013 list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, and it packed a few surprises. Nike, Amazon and Square placed one-to-three respectively, while Facebook and Twitter were nowhere to be found. Also in the top 10 were Target, Pinterest, Fab and Uber, as well as Splunk, Sproxil and Safaricom, which aren’t household names — yet.

What unified all 50 of the companies on the list? Innovation that had an impact on their respective industries and our culture as a whole, noted Fast Company. Yet bottom line, those innovations also generated high growth in uncertain times.

That’s significant at a time when many businesses are still struggling to turn a profit since the economy took a dive in 2008. Not these guys. Fast Company chalked their success up to “continuous improvement, speed of change and breadth of ambition.” More simply put, these companies redefined their current realities to boost their competitive advantage.

Nike got the top spot for the research that yielded its latest runaway hits — the FuelBand movement-measuring bracelet and feather-light Flyknit Racer. Amazon earned second place for expanding its next-day and same-day delivery services, a bombshell blow to rivals from Walmart to UPS. And two-year-old Square, cited as the fastest growing start-up in history in Fast Company’s 2012’s World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies list, blew past big-time competitors like PayPal with an app that lets consumers pay for items by name alone.

But here’s the real revelation: all of these ‘innovations’ are incremental rather than radical and disruptive. They simply improved on products and services that were already in existence, albeit ingeniously. And this simple fact makes one thing clear: companies that achieve high, or even healthy growth, have the ability to focus, perceive all the options, choose one or several realities with great market appeal, innovate around them and continue to do so persistently.

While it’s fun to consider the hot performers, as Fast Company does yearly, business folklore is littered with success stories that substantiate this strategy. Just look at the case studies on Apple, IBM, Walmart, GE, Google, P&G and more. These companies have some of the highest market caps in the world, and are managing to sustain their positions. Each one started with a significant innovation, but is also incredibly focused on their marketplace, customers and execution.

More importantly, they also have the ability to see what others often can’t or don’t — opportunities. And to paraphrase that old adage, when opportunity knocks, be ready to take it.

Of course, this is often easier said than done, but I’ve noticed five underlying trends that are reshaping ‘reality’ for all businesses and are critical to our ability to sustain profitability and growth. Recognizing them gives us the capability to use them — now and when those proverbial opportunities present themselves. They are as follows:

1. Speed, for the rate of change has never been so great, and we all need to engineer it into our business cultures. This is true about the rate of new product introductions, the spread of information and disruption in the market place. If you doubt this, just think about what Apple did to the cell phone business, Amazon to bookstores and Costco and Walmart to Mom and Pop retailers.

Client Expectations have heightened around speed as technology enables the instant exchange of information. We can restock store shelves hourly; flash online consumer targeted ads based on their buying history instantaneously; pinpoint product promotions that aren’t producing and change them immediately; and even text consumers coupons.

2. Age, since the two largest cohorts alive are redefining everything about society and culture, from how we look, communicate and live to work, relax and shop. Millennials’ compulsion for technology has changed the way America communicates, shops and buys. They Facebook , chat text and message for business and pleasure with the same speed and zeal that their Boomer parents played video games, giving whole new meaning to the boundaries that define work and play.

But Baby boomer’s work-centric, achievement-oriented and social-change rooted lifestyles nicely complement their Millennial babies, for they witnessed and participated in both the civil rights and women’s liberation movements. So as a result of their ease with change and desire to stay current, many respect and embrace the process of learning from their Millennial children. And not surprisingly, many are adopting some of their Millennial children’s shopping and purchasing patterns. Consequently, they are experiencing the trend to small sizing at exactly the same time as Millennials, but for different reasons. This trend is driving the marketplace to create smaller houses, cars, stores and retail packages for consumption.

3. Glocal, for every company has to think globally but act locally. With seven billion people on the planet and technology that connects us all in a matter of seconds, it’s become impossible to ignore our interdependence–and the implications it creates from a business standpoint. Technology has eliminated barriers and given us greater transparency globally. As a result, we are finding new products, flavors, spices, packaging and styles virtually, and the fast are popularizing them locally. Thus opportunities abound, and can have deep effects on product innovation, sourcing, talent and local competition. In the end, a global mindset is an imperative, but the ability to take that information and apply it to local competitive markets will define business success in the future.

4. Uncertainty, which is a new reality, but more importantly an opportunity for those that master it. It is our new status quo. This is what we get paid to manage, so it is important that we don’t succumb to analysis/paralysis and defer important investment decisions. Our job is to ‘live by the business case’ and find ways to grow through the mess. The Fast Company winners have figured this out.

5. Innovation, which is not a vague and amorphous notion but rather a concept that can and must be defined and mined. Innovation is a capability that must be developed and repeatedly exercised within an organization, notes innovation expert John Kao, author of “Innovation Nation.” At Tetra Pak, we believe it can be taught and learned, just as is the case for leadership.

These trends affect our businesses, and our sustainable profit growth, in some unexpected ways. As we look at the latest headline on the Sequester, we see more of the same. Budget cuts that force reactions that negatively affect business as usual. I think good business means understanding that the “new reality” is about anticipating down cycles and engineering your business to weather them. A critical part of that engineering effort has to do with the five trends highlighted above: speed, age, a global mindset, uncertainty and innovation. Learn more about them, and how to redefine your reality, in part II of this blog.

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How 3-D Technology Helps Design the Perfect Package

With 85% of shopping decisions made in-store within seconds of seeing a product on the shelf, a product’s packaging can make or break a sale. The package design, color and artwork chosen must stop, hold and capture the shopper—or else the consumer looks elsewhere. 

Well-designed packaging can be the difference between gaining market share against the competition or forcing a company to go back to the drawing board for costly rework. But disparate innovation processes and systems involved in the complex package design process can slow companies down, making it difficult to anticipate and deliver new products that meet ever-changing consumer needs. 

However, with 3-D tools and strong collaboration technology, consumer goods companies can rapidly visualize and experience their ideas and work together with their design agencies to create perfect packaging every time. Here’s how:

Improving Design Process Efficiency
3-D technologies are perfect for virtual mock-ups, conceptual reviews and the editing process because they allow new ideas to take shape, be experienced and implemented (or changed) virtually, accelerating speed to market. They also allow designers to take advantage of existing resources and reuse colors, artwork and styling when appropriate. By uniting the highly fragmented artwork and labeling process, these technologies enable all internal and external contributors to collaborate and ensure that the designs meet regulatory restrictions and brand equity requirements early-on in the process.

By enabling all of the contributors to design, experience and review the optimal package concurrently via 3-D technology, companies accelerate the development process and eliminate version control issues. As a result, new packaging is approved and on the shelf faster and costly rework and recalls are reduced or eliminated.

Uniting Manufacturing with Design to Ensure Success
With social media tools, manufacturing and process engineers can collaborate  with the package design team early in the design process, breaking down the walls that have traditionally kept these groups separate, to ensure that designs are developed with manufacturing constraints in mind. This helps eliminate costly rework.

In addition, 3-D tools let companies simulate the production line from start to finish. Any time a change is made to the packaging, the virtual 3-D model can be automatically revised and updated, allowing any errors to be caught well before any 3-D printed model or physical prototype is produced.

Refining Package Testing
3-D simulation technology enables organizations to experience and test products as many times as desired to perfect their packaging virtually. By simulating the packaging characteristics and testing in a lifelike virtual environment, companies can, for example, drop a detergent bottle 100 times in a row to see where any stress points or breaks may be, enabling them to modify the design before spending to produce a physical prototype. This dramatically cuts costs by ensuring package performance before investing in molds.

In addition, simulating and testing products and packaging in a virtual world allows organizations to conduct lightweighting and other analyses to ensure sustainability. By simulating how different types of packaging or different packaging materials react, companies can more easily select the materials they need to be more sustainable than ever before.

Selling on the Shelf
Once the perfect package is designed, companies can use 3-D technology to build virtual store environments where real human interactions with store shelves and the products themselves can be modeled and tested. These tools help companies understand exactly how packaging changes impact the shopping experience—and allow them to make real-time adjustments to the packaging or store layout.

Measuring Package Impact
The last step in designing the perfect package is to gather information around the impact of packaging designs from both external and internal data sources, such as social media sites, tracking trends and competitive reactions. This will help companies fully understand the shopping experience, whether it improved and whether overall sales increased—which is of course, the ultimate measurement.

From Idea to Shelf
Perfect packages are made possible through a comprehensive, collaborative effort between all design contributors. 3-D technology allows the numerous teams involved to work together to create and experience breakthrough designs that provide value to the ultimate consumer while enabling rapid iterations from initial designs all the way to the shelf. This significantly shortens package design cycles, lowers production issues, eliminates the chance for recalls and decreases overall costs.

About the Author
Eric Seiberling is currently the director of CPG-retail industry marketing for Dassault Systèmes, responsible for all marketing programs worldwide for CPG-retail that promote the business value provided by the company to CPG-retail companies every day. Previously, Eric led the design of the CPG and retail experiences to deliver breakthrough transformation of how CPG and retail companies bring new products and new retail spaces to life.

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Unipetrol RPA Launches New Product to Up Aesthetics and Performance in Thermoformed Packaging

Unipetrol RPA is passing on the clear benefits of collaboration to its packaging sector customers with a new low melt flow rate HPP grade based on Hyperform HPN-600ei. The new development, Mosten FT005, significantly ups the aesthetics and processing performance of thermoformed rigid packaging, such as beverage cups, yogurt pots and trays.

New Mosten FT005 is a bimodal polypropylene homopolymer (hPP) resin incorporating Milliken’s unique Hyperform HPN-600ei nucleating innovation with an antistatic agent. The grade brings significantly improved transparency and a glossy surface to end-products, leading to better aesthetic appeal. At the same time, its well-balanced processing properties ease parts production for converters.

Mosten FT005 is the result of intensive co-operation between Unipetrol, its R&D center Polymer Institute Brno (PIB) and Milliken. Following initial discussion and research of market needs, PIB provided technical support to Unipetrol throughout the development process. This included preparation of first laboratory samples and investigation of basic processing and mechanical properties. Milliken not only supplied its innovative additive, but also helped with resin evaluation during initial production of thermoformed parts.

Hyperform HPN-600ei nucleation technology improves transparency in polypropylene by enhancing the crystallization process, and it also creates an attractive ‘fresher’ look that is noticeable in both single and stacked parts produced with the grade.

On the processing side, the increased speed of crystallization induced by HPN-600ei, together with the bimodal nature of the Unipetrol PP, creates the potential to cut cycle time, raise productivity and reduce costs. An antistatic agent incorporated into the resin along with the Milliken additive eases the demolding of finished parts, which together with their improved dimensional stability and reduced tendency to warpage (thanks to isotropic shrinkage), leads to an overall improvement in product handling.

Austria-based converter Greiner Packaging, which has production operations in the Czech Republic, was brought into the project to trial Mosten FT005 on a production run for yogurt pots. The success of this market innovation was proven through the notable improvement in transparency compared to competitive materials.

“It was important for Unipetrol and our researchers at PIB to involve Greiner early in the product testing stages, to ensure Mosten FT005 would achieve the results we were hoping for on actual thermoforming lines,” concludes Stanislav Jansky, PP product manager, Unipetrol RPA. “As a result of working closely with all of the project partners, we can proudly offer our thermoforming customers a new resin that really boosts the optical properties of rigid packaging applications beyond existing levels.”

“The clear improvement in transparency achieved with Mosten FT005 will enable converters to improve the optical properties of their packaging solutions and create new opportunities for brand owners to increase the exclusivity of their products,” comments Ivo Benda, executive, Greiner Packaging Slusovice s.r.o.

About Unipetrol RPA
Unipetrol RPA is a leading Czech refinery, petrochemical and agrochemical raw materials producer, which is also reflected in the initial abbreviation “RPA”: refinery, petrochemistry, agrochemistry. The company supplies the market primarily with motor fuels, fuel oils, asphalts, liquefied petroleum products, oil hydrogenates, other refinery products, olefins, aromates, agrochemicals, carbon black, sorbents and polyolefins (high-density polyethylene and polypropylene).

The Polyolefins Unit of Unipetrol RPA is the most significant supplier of polyolefins in the Czech market. while having a unique position in Europe. Its production capacities represent five percent of the overall European production of HDPE and two percent of the European production of PP.

In cooperation with its research and development base in Polymer Institute Brno, the Polyolefins Unit also supports and participates in the modification of existing and new developmental polyolefin grades.

About Polymer Institute Brno (PIB)
Polymer Institute Brno, spol. s r.o (PIB), formerly known as the Research Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (RIMC), currently owned by Unipetrol RPA, s.r.o. and Unipetrol a.s., has long been the base of the applied research in the field of polymers.

Having a long tradition in Ziegler-Natta catalyst research and polymer stabilisation, the position of the Institute became quite clear-cut, particularly after the building of polyolefin production plants in Litvinov in the early seventies. Since then, activities have been focused mainly on polyolefin catalyst research, new resin grade development, post-reactor modification of polymers (reactive compounding, reactive extrusion, polymer alloys, fillers), new formulations of additives (stabilisers, color concentrates, antistatics, etc.) and trouble-shooting.

The present funding of the Institute is based mainly on the revenues from contract research activities and small-scale production. Although the predominant volume of research contracts comes from the majority owner, the Institute is open to accepting projects from other domestic and foreign customers. The second important financial resource, i.e. small scale production, is oriented mostly at specialist areas in which the Institute has its own know-how (e.g. tailor-made additivation concentrates and colour masterbatches). The Institute has also been involved marginally in trade activities, and it offers services in the field of information retrieval and consulting.

About Greiner
As early as 1986, Greiner Packaging started a cooperation with an agricultural state combine in Moravia. Greiner Packaging Slušovice was established as a result of this cooperation, and since 1992 it has been integrated into the Greiner network. Greiner Packaging International is one of the leading companies in the European packaging industry. In 2011, the company achieved annual sales of EUR 446.6 million or more than one third of the total Greiner Group sales. Greiner Packaging International has a workforce of 3,103 employees at 32 sites.

About Milliken
Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Working from our laboratories, application and development centers around the world, our scientists and engineers create coatings, specialty chemicals, and advanced additive and colorant technologies that transform the way we experience products from automotive plastics to children’s art supplies. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines that also includes floor covering and performance materials, the people of Milliken work every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable.

Hyperform is a registered trademark of Milliken & Company

Milliken is a registered trademark of Milliken & Company

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Watch Rugby Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos Live Streaming NFL Football Game Preseason Week – 3 Telecast Online Feed On PC

Watch Rugby Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos Live Streaming NFL Football Game Preseason Week – 3 Telecast Online Feed On PC

The Lions have serious issues at the linebacker spot. That was the case before camp started and it’s even more acute now. Middle linebacker Jordon Dizon, who was starting in place of injured starter DeAndre Levy (back), sustained what Lions’ officials fear is a season-ending knee injury Saturday.”It looks like a really serious knee injury,” Schwartz said. “We’re waiting to see what it is, but it didn’t look good at the time. We’ll pray for the best but it looks pretty significant.”Dizon told people afterward that he felt he was done for the season. The Lions expect Levy back perhaps as early as this week, but even still, they will have some decisions to make.”We need to get DeAndre back,” Schwartz said. “But if Dizon is as bad as we think, we’re going to have to make a move there.”The Lions have one proven starter, outside linebacker Julian Peterson, who is having a strong camp. On the other side is first-year starter Zach Follett, an aggressive, big-hitting player prone to missed assignments and over-zealousness.The back-ups include special teams aces Vinny Ciurciu, Isaiah Ekejiuba, Ashlee Palmer and Landon Johnson, plus first-year Caleb Campbell.Dizon will be missed.He was undersized to play in the middle (232 pounds), but he compensated with quickness, speed and relentlessness. He was also a part of the Lions’ nickel packages and special teams.

He was supposed to bring a boost to Denver’s pass rush and possibly even start on the defensive line after signing a four-year, million contract with million guaranteed in March.But so far in training camp, defensive end Jarvis Green has been an invisible man.The starting right end in OTAs, Green has been relegated not only to backup status behind Ryan McBean, but hasn’t even cracked the second unit, with Marcus Thomas standing in his way.In the nickel, Justin Bannan, another free-agent signee, has been a fixture while Thomas for the most part has been aligned next to him. Denver flanks two defensive linemen with its outside linebackers in some pass-rush situations, and Green runs with the second unit in that personnel group.”Everybody’s improved … some guys more than others,” defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely said last week in his first appearance before the media this season.”Jarvis will have his time. It’s like I tell all the guys, we have four games to play in the preseason and that’s where you really prove things. That will be the test. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to show what he can do, just like all the rest.”The Broncos need all the help they can get in attacking opposing quarterbacks now that Elvis Dumervil is likely done for the season following surgery on a torn chest muscle.Green had two seasons in New England with six-plus sacks and 28 total in eight seasons. Denver’s top six defensive linemen through the first two weeks plus of camp have combined for 18.5 sacks in their NFL careers, with nose tackle Jamal Williams accounting for 13 of those.”We’re fortunate that we’re deep,” Nunnely said. “We have good players on the defensive line. Jarvis adds to that depth. It’s just a matter of rotating he and the other guys in there.”

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Bottle openers that help ailing people with easy opening solutions

Bottle openers that help ailing people with easy opening solutions

 

Kitchen tools are an integral part of every house hold and these are very important for the day to day activities. One such tool is an opener which is an essential kitchen entity that is used by people of all ages whether young or old. Every one wants to enjoy a nice drink but the only thing that separates your thirst and the drink bottle is the tightly sealed cap which is tough to tackle bare handedly. Hence comes in the usage of an opener, but many openers require a lot of effort when it comes to opening metal caps, plastic caps etc. Also opening cans is a difficult thing to undertake for most people.

 

Therefore keeping this factor in mind easy to open solutions have now been introduced in the market which are very easy to handle as per they require only little force. These openers have features that are up beat and stand apart from the rest. These openers can be used on a variety of containers, bottles, cans quickly, safely and with ease without any efforts. Especially designed and created in a way to serve those people who need extra force to open with ease most of the different variety of containers around the market.

 

Openers with easy to use properties are also referred to as assistive devices as they help people with medical conditions to fulfill household chores successfully. Hence patients who suffer from debilitating conditions can also enjoy a nice cool drink without having to take any second persons help.

 

This is also an arthritis aid as older people usually suffer with this condition that makes their joints almost futile. Hence opening any container or bottle can be a very painful procedure for these people. But with these special openers everything seems just too easy and flexible. Apart from that these bottle openers have a 3 in 1 utility as they can open all kinds of bottle caps and cans including pop-ups, tin caps, screw of tops and is also magnetic in property so this means that you have the benefit of sticking it around any area of your house be it you refrigerator, car or any other metal panel. So wherever you are or for whatever purpose you this ergonomic and durable opener, this device can go a long way in keeping you happy and satisfied as a customer whenever the need arises without fail.

 

 

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Beer bottle openers with that handy solution

Beer bottle openers with that handy solution

Openers are an important part of any celebration. You may need a bottle opener to deal with plastic bottle caps, metal caps, soda cans, juice cans or even beer bottle openers. Commonly known as beverage opener, this usually performs a simple method of opening that allows the removal of metal bottle caps from bottles. It is typical for a metal cap to be affixed in pleats or ruffles around the bottle rim.

 

For people who are fond of various beverages, beer openers are a boon since the can easily open up the caps which are usually very difficult to handle. Keeping in mind the usability and functionality bottle openers have much evolved down the period of time. Today there are styles that can either be hand-operated or are electric.

It is for this reason that nowadays there are uniquely designed easy openers available that are equipped with features that make them stand apart from the usual bottle openers obtainable in the market. These technologically elevated openers give the users absolute ease for opening a variety of containers, bottles, cans time efficiently, securely and without any added efforts. This product is specially designed and created so as to serve those individuals who require extra force to open with ease most of the different varieties of containers present around the market for storing different things.

 

Apart from being high on utility, bottle openers are also high on convenience and are therefore equipped with magnetic qualities that make them the perfect Magnetic bottle opener which can be retrieved from any place and anytime. Apart from that these bottle openers have a 3 in 1 utility as they can open all kinds of bottle caps and cans including pop-ups, tin caps, screw of tops and is also magnetic in property so this means that you have the benefit of sticking it around any area of your house be it you refrigerator, car or any other metal panel. So wherever you are or for whatever you need it for this ergonomic and durable opener can go a long way in keeping you happy and satisfied as a customer.

 

Internet based promotional gifts suppliers specialize in providing high-quality promotional items to businesses, clubs or individuals who would like to have these items printed with advertising messages. Openers are often very reasonably priced items that are an excellent choice for all types of events. The metal openers that have advertising on the item are often handed out by small businesses that are hoping to get their logos noticed. When friends meet and start to open bottles, the opener is often passed around the whole group.

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The Packaging Materials Future Outlook: Key trends in new materials, lightweighting and emerging applications

The Packaging Materials Future Outlook: Key trends in new materials, lightweighting and emerging applications

The global consumer packaging market is worth around US0bn. The market has been relatively resilient in the face of economic ups and downs, but the current recession has taken its toll – 2009 saw a downturn in market value. This report pinpoints the reasons why, highlights consumer and industry trends and casts an informed and speculative eye on the future. There is no doubt that consumer goods and consumer packaging are now facts of modern life, but the market is evolving and it is only prudent to understand the drivers of change and to take this understanding into planning for the future.

The inexorable rise of plastic packaging has been the key market narrative, a rise driven by cost, convenience and the entirely natural desire to do ever more with ever less. Plastic, however, is made from petrochemicals and raw materials are becoming increasingly costly. More significant still, plastic has relatively poor environmental credentials and is profoundly disliked by consumers, particularly in the developed West. Nevertheless, the plastics sector continues to receive the lion’s share of R&D into new technology, although bioplastics and nano-enhanced ‘super packaging’ are both some way from being commercially viable. Paper-based packaging is still the largest sector and has very strong environmental credentials; improving paper-s barrier properties is a crucial step in increasing its viability as a packaging material. Glass has an enviable reputation as a premium material and as a packaging medium out of which food and drink taste better; lightweighting is helping make glass easier to handle and more cost-effective in production and distribution. The rise of the aluminium beverage can has helped sustain the metal packaging sector – in other areas; metal is being developed through higher-quality graphics, new printing techniques and innovation in convenient closures.

This report assesses the relative weights of all these trends and sets the packaging market in its context – social, economic, environmental and cultural. It examines this complex and dynamic market organically, from the viewpoints of suppliers and end-users and looks in detail at regional drivers, as developing markets increasingly shape the future.

Key features of this report

• A broad assessment of the size and dynamics of the global consumer packaging market and its drivers – economic, social, cultural and environmental.
• Coverage of trends by material – plastics, glass, metal, paper and paperboard, by region – Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific and by product sector – alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, food.
• Assessment of consumer attitudes to packaging and the manner in which hardening attitudes amongst end-users are influencing the packaging industry.
• Comparative analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of packaging material, in easy-to-view format.
• An assessment of how emerging technologies are likely to impact on the future of the market and on individual sectors.
• Illustrated references to key product introductions and innovations
• Assessment of supply-side trends and profiling of major industry players and their strategies
• Identification of the key commercial implications of current trends and an assessment of the future outlook for the market.

Key benefits from reading this report

• Understand market dynamics and make informed assessments of the future shape of the market, particularly in terms of what materials and technologies warrant investment.
• Decisions taken now, in the light of full information and a complete picture, can determine future progress – in a rapidly-changing marketplace, the winners stay ahead of the game and anticipate, rather than simply react.
• Gain an understanding of how the market is likely to look as the current recession passes into memory.
• Understand niche as well as mainstream packaging sectors; there are many potential avenues of growth for smaller suppliers who apprehend consumer needs.
• Be in a good position to tie product to the best packaging, especially in terms of new product development.
• Take all of the above information into the core of your NPD programme and appreciate fully the payoffs this will have, not only in terms of profitability, but – and crucially – in terms of company and brand image
• Understand the packaging market, not simply in terms of data, but holistically. Markets, like consumers, do not exist in a vacuum, but are proactive. The shape of change in the packaging market is tied inextricably to broader social issues and, ultimately, to the fact that packaging is something consumers take into their homes and have a relationship with.

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Classic Game Room HD reviews the Atari 7800 cartridge design and packaging for the PROSYSTEM line of Atari video games! The Atari 7800 Pro System was a masterful gaming console that was officially released in the mid 80’s to an un-appreciative market. It failed to sell, even though it was awesome and played Atari 2600 game cartridges as well as Atari 7800 games. CGRHD takes a close look at these unique games from back in the day, how the cartridges were packaged in their cardboard boxes with colorful graphics. Games like Ms. Pac Man, Galaga, Joust, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers and Centipede shined on the 7800. Some games had 2 tone label designs, others like Karateka and Ballblazer had full color labels. Only Classic Game Room would take the time to carefully pan over Atari games with a macro lens to show you the actual details that made these games special. If you’re looking to start your Atari video game collection by acquiring a vast array of games this is a video you’ll want to watch.
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The Packaging Materials Future Outlook: Key trends in new materials, lightweighting and emerging applications

The global consumer packaging market is worth around US0bn. The market has been relatively resilient in the face of economic ups and downs, but the current recession has taken its toll – 2009 saw a downturn in market value. This report pinpoints the reasons why, highlights consumer and industry trends and casts an informed and speculative eye on the future. There is no doubt that consumer goods and consumer packaging are now facts of modern life, but the market is evolving and it is only prudent to understand the drivers of change and to take this understanding into planning for the future.

The inexorable rise of plastic packaging has been the key market narrative, a rise driven by cost, convenience and the entirely natural desire to do ever more with ever less. Plastic, however, is made from petrochemicals and raw materials are becoming increasingly costly. More significant still, plastic has relatively poor environmental credentials and is profoundly disliked by consumers, particularly in the developed West. Nevertheless, the plastics sector continues to receive the lion’s share of R&D into new technology, although bioplastics and nano-enhanced ‘super packaging’ are both some way from being commercially viable. Paper-based packaging is still the largest sector and has very strong environmental credentials; improving paper-s barrier properties is a crucial step in increasing its viability as a packaging material. Glass has an enviable reputation as a premium material and as a packaging medium out of which food and drink taste better; lightweighting is helping make glass easier to handle and more cost-effective in production and distribution. The rise of the aluminium beverage can has helped sustain the metal packaging sector – in other areas; metal is being developed through higher-quality graphics, new printing techniques and innovation in convenient closures.

This report assesses the relative weights of all these trends and sets the packaging market in its context – social, economic, environmental and cultural. It examines this complex and dynamic market organically, from the viewpoints of suppliers and end-users and looks in detail at regional drivers, as developing markets increasingly shape the future.

Key features of this report

• A broad assessment of the size and dynamics of the global consumer packaging market and its drivers – economic, social, cultural and environmental.
• Coverage of trends by material – plastics, glass, metal, paper and paperboard, by region – Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific and by product sector – alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, food.
• Assessment of consumer attitudes to packaging and the manner in which hardening attitudes amongst end-users are influencing the packaging industry.
• Comparative analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of packaging material, in easy-to-view format.
• An assessment of how emerging technologies are likely to impact on the future of the market and on individual sectors.
• Illustrated references to key product introductions and innovations
• Assessment of supply-side trends and profiling of major industry players and their strategies
• Identification of the key commercial implications of current trends and an assessment of the future outlook for the market.

Key benefits from reading this report

• Understand market dynamics and make informed assessments of the future shape of the market, particularly in terms of what materials and technologies warrant investment.
• Decisions taken now, in the light of full information and a complete picture, can determine future progress – in a rapidly-changing marketplace, the winners stay ahead of the game and anticipate, rather than simply react.
• Gain an understanding of how the market is likely to look as the current recession passes into memory.
• Understand niche as well as mainstream packaging sectors; there are many potential avenues of growth for smaller suppliers who apprehend consumer needs.
• Be in a good position to tie product to the best packaging, especially in terms of new product development.
• Take all of the above information into the core of your NPD programme and appreciate fully the payoffs this will have, not only in terms of profitability, but – and crucially – in terms of company and brand image
• Understand the packaging market, not simply in terms of data, but holistically. Markets, like consumers, do not exist in a vacuum, but are proactive. The shape of change in the packaging market is tied inextricably to broader social issues and, ultimately, to the fact that packaging is something consumers take into their homes and have a relationship with.

Key findings of this report

The consumer primary packaging market is worth around 0bn. Plastic packaging is the largest and best-performing sector. Paper-based packaging, however, remains the largest single segment, sustained by its ‘naturalness’, its recyclability, its versatility and its low cost. Metal and glass packaging are facing strong challenges from glass in their traditional strongholds.

The Asia-Pacific region is the largest consumer of packaging and its share continues to grow.

Demand for consumer packaging is tied into demand for consumer goods, itself subject to global economic trends. Food and beverages account for 70% of consumer packaging by end-use. Demand for convenience has helped drive growth in packaged foods. This is linked to changing lifestyles – greater affluence, less time.

Sustainability is becoming a market given and is relected in packaging reduction, lightweighting and in the application of new technologies to the market. Whilst plastic remains in the ascendancy, other sectors are fighting back. The future dominance of plastic is less a fact than its adherents would have the market believe.

The future of the packaging market may lie in ‘smaller, better, eco-firndlier’, rather than in ‘one size fits all’.

Key questions answered by this report

• At what rate is the packaging market likely to grow in the short-term& which materials have the brightest future?
• Which global regions will be the drivers of change?
• What are likely to be the packaging materials of choice, given current parameters and which materials are likely to suffer a downturn?
• How far is packaging likely to move towards the domains of marketing and image-building? Will sustainability become more crucial than cost?
• Will consumer tastes turn against convenience and move back towards more traditionally-presented foods, in more traditional packaging?
• Are there any indications that growth in the packaging market is becoming less resistant to global economic trend?
• Is there a role for smaller suppliers in an environment where the biggest suppliers appear to be getting ever-bigger?
• How is legislation likely to impact on growth?

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