Business

03
JUL
2014

Ontario’s Economic Recovery on the Way?

Improving US Economy: When will its Impact be felt in Ontario? The province of Ontario is in an unusual situation given that it could boom again if the US economy thrives. Stats show the province isn’t responding like it used to. There’s a time lag, and economic... Read More →
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18
JUN
2014

6 Tips for Better eCommerce Packaging

6 Tips for Better Business to Consumer Packaging Consumers preference for online shopping is quickening and perhaps not enough retailers and manufacturers are still dealing with this new retail experience. From packaging, to branding and merchandising, the online environment is... Read More →
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10
JUN
2014

eCommerce Packaging to Drive New Sales?

The rapid growth of ecommerce and business to consumer direct shipping is undergoing some bumpy transitions on its road to the mainstream. So far consumers have gotten quite a break with free or low costing shipping. But that’s changing and businesses will need to improve their... Read More →
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05
JUN
2014

What’s Driving Trends in Packaging?

8 Drivers of Trends in Packaging What will your product packaging look like in a few years? Will it boost sales or ruin them? Will your brand take a thrashing?  Will it use bio-based materials? Will it be interactive and be zero waste? Will all packaging have NFC chips? Tough... Read More →
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28
MAY
2014

Soap Marketing Opportunities: Niche Soap Packaging

Natural Bar Soap Sales Climbing Again Here’s a stat that’ll surprise you: Soap sales were largely unaffected during the recession. And, in a report from Mintel, researchers said “the soap/bath category grew by $1 billion and surpassed $5 billion in total sales in 2012.” It’s... Read More →
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21
MAY
2014

Spinning Wheat into Packaging Gold

Only in fairy tales is straw ever spun into gold. In truth wheat straw is pure carbon and it’s difficult to use it for anything. So farmers are stuck with a lot of it every year after harvest.  But what to do with it? Typically straw of any kind is used to line livestock pens.... Read More →
14
MAY
2014

4 Trends Driving Sustainable Corrugate Packaging

We’ve talked about sustainability in packaging in previous posts and I think you’ll read increased discussion about corrugate cardboard in future.  Retail trends, sustainability, supply chain optimization, and these 4 trends are going to push corrugate into the limelight. What’s... Read More →
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12
MAR
2014

The Rise of Pop Up Retail – And Coming Near You

Pop up Retail is a trend that’s going to be tough for traditional retailers to stop. In fact, it looks like major brands are eager to jump into temporary, go anywhere retail shops themselves. Experts suggest the retail sector is going to undergo massive changes in the coming... Read More →
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26
FEB
2014

7 Ways to Spend Your Marketing Budget Better Part 2

Following on our post last week in Part 1, we delve further into how to improve your marketing budget’s performance. 2.  Creative Use of Technology. RockTenn talks about their specific experience using QR codes with high volume retailers and digital content producers.... Read More →
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05
FEB
2014

Walmart Canada to Grow Significantly in 2014

Walmart Expanding in Canada WalMart is feeling positive about the Canadian retail market in 2014 — and their battle with Costco and Amazon.  They’re expanding their retail service in Canada and have just announced they will spend almost a half billion dollars in new store... Read More →
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04
DEC
2013

Supply Chain Sustainability

Supply Chain Sustainability – 4 Tips to Make it Better Sustainable practices in packaging and shipping is a wonderful goal and some companies are taking it to heart. Company leaders are emphasizing sustainability as a new key to “long-term profitability and this has replaced... Read More →