Packaging

Pseudo Customer Centricity: Fool’s Gold

Gary Hawkins on Winsight Grocery Business, CART

Retailers must employ a customer-first philosophy into organizational culture Many regional retailers are (at last!) intent on becoming customer-centric, more than a decade after The Kroger Co. led the way and more than two decades after early loyalty pioneers proved the value of a true customer focus. But too many retailers believe that customer centricity can simply be bolted on to their organizations without realizing that true customer centricity is far more involved. Like the intrepid gold miners of the 1840s, these retailers awaken to the realization that what they’ve taken for retail gold is in actuality a false promise, seduced by the fools gold of pseudo customer centricity. I can recount meetings with senior executives from well-known retailers who espouse their customer centricity efforts; spending massive sums on consultants and solutions powered by a decade’s old approach based on customer segments integrated to the retailer’s category planning processes, and even personalized offers to shoppers. Countless of these retailers remain anchored in a product-focused world, even those who tout using technology to discover what products should be put on offer to their customers rather than starting with a vendor-funded offer pool.  True disciples of customer centricity deeply embed a customer-first philosophy into their organizational culture, extending it to every part of the enterprise. These companies realize that providing savings on products relevant to the shopper is only the beginning. Leading companies such as Amazon and Kroger are investing heavily in taking customer centricity to the next level: comprehensive, seamless user experiences across channels and devices, integrating personalized product recommendations with an understanding of the individual shopper’s specific health conditions, and laying the technology foundation for immersive shopping experiences melding the physical and digital worlds. Customer first disciples understand the dynamic flow of customers and their shopping behavior over time, putting in place capabilities and processes attuned to providing contextual relevancy inside and outside the store. And personalization—driven by past purchases and recommendation algorithms—is fast evolving to what I think of as strategic hyper-personalization, leveraging vast intelligence about each individual shopper to power a mix of recommendations to win the shopping trip, grow baskets, maximize retention, and foster customer advocacy—one customer at a time, in real time. Many regional retailers are based in more rural areas where company executives believe their shoppers are less tech savvy, relieving pressure on digital imperatives. According to Pew Research, 95% of Americans own a cellphone in 2018, with 77% of Americans owning a smartphone. Pew also calls out that in 2018, 89% of Americans use the internet. Location is no longer a proxy for customer technology illiteracy.  This year, Amazon is projected to realize over $258 billion in U.S. retail sales, an estimated 49% of all online retail spending in the United States. With this kind of penetration, and the ability to ship products anywhere overnight, traditional supermarket retailers would do well to remember that their shoppers are increasingly expecting (demanding!) the seamless and comprehensive user experience provided by Amazon, and increasingly by Kroger and Walmart. Yet, too many retailers remain mired in digital purgatory, constrained by capability silos and the inability to bring piecemeal capabilities together in a seamless fashion for shoppers.  Lastly, many seasoned grocery executives have spent their careers being rewarded for following, letting someone else bring innovation to market and only following when it has been proven successful. Years ago IT executives would buy IBM, even if it wasn’t the best choice, but because it was the "safe" choice. This practice continues today as retailers sign deals with "established" providers because they believe it is the safe choice, failing to understand that today’s environment rewards fresh, forward-looking thinking. Retail executives need to look beyond yesterday’s approach to customer centricity to capabilities and platforms that actually position the retailer for future success. The cost of failing to provide a seamless shopping experience, for failing to provide true individual shopper personalization, and failing to provide real time contextual relevancy, can rapidly obliterate any savings or security from yesterday’s "proven" approach. Tom Furphy, a former Amazon executive and the originator of Amazon Fresh, in a recent interviewspeaking to the challenges retailers face today, especially a reliance on past practices, says it all: “What seems safe is actually destructive. That’s a recipe for longer term disaster.” This article originally appeared on Winsight Grocery Business and can be viewed here +MORE

The Top Five Ways Retailers Benefit from Industry Trade Shows

Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Clarion UX

When was the last time you attended a retail or food and beverage trade show? If you have to pause to think of the answer – or know immediately that the answer is, “Never” – then it might be time to find a show or expo near you. Trade shows are the best places for those within the industry to get out of their stores and network; find new products and stay abreast of the cutting edge technology offerings; and gain invaluable education in the areas you need it most. In short, even if you spend time every day trying to stay current, you could never see it all – or know what to search for. There is no better place than a trade show … from seeing new products, meeting new people, becoming educated on a new way to engage your customers, or finding out about technology … this is the place to find what you don’t know!   Here are some of the top reasons you should attend a trade show this year: Network with Decision Makers When you think of networking, perhaps the typical “mixer” scenario comes to mind with people you don’t know awkwardly milling about a bar or restaurant, trying to strike up conversations with random people in the hopes that you might be able to benefit one another in some way. Networking at a trade show couldn’t be any more different. As an attendee, you can specifically find exhibitors with the products you seek; attend educational sessions that pertain to topics you are interested in, therefore attracting other audience members who share the same challenges; and be assured that your peers in the same industry as you are seeking similar solutions as you.  And you might even run into a colleague you haven’t seen in years! Find New Products and Foods You subscribe to industry periodicals and get Google Alerts in your inbox every day, but have you seen that new robot that identifies out of stock items and potential slip and fall hazards? Have you read about leveraging data to establish loyalty and trust with food delivery customers? A trade show is the perfect venue to scope out all that is new in the retail world from tech products to new foods and services – all in one place – to help you use technology to create a seamless customer experience. As you look for new technology innovation to keep you competitive, you may find the perfect partner for online ordering, rapid delivery, or rapid checkout through customer’s smartphones.  No matter what you want to go to a trade show to find, you will likely be pleasantly surprised by discovering even more than you thought along the aisles. See New Trends in Action Are vegan offerings a must-have? Should you offer chef demonstrations to showcase meal ideas? Are international flavors high on consumer’s minds? What chef dishes are they trying replicate at home? Be on the front line of this year’s and next year’s trends so you can bank on what your customers will be looking for in the near future. You’ll walk away with new products and great ideas you can implement immediately in your store operations. You may even realize that you are on the verge of creating an entirely different trend yourself that has yet to appear on the market – good information that you can capitalize on in the year to come. Receive Best in Class Education If school is a distant memory – or perhaps you learned hands-on in a family business and worked your way up the ranks – one of the best perks of most trade shows is the educational content provided to attendees and exhibitors alike. Whether you’re interested in operational excellence, developing your workforce, building bigger baskets, or sessions dedicated to those hot new tech trends we previously mentioned, trade shows like The NGA Show (presented by the National Grocers Association) in San Diego this coming February will have you covered on all fronts. What’s more, you can connect with presenting industry specialists to gain even more valuable insight into the topics that interest you most. Gain Immediate, Actionable Ideas The bottom line … your time is valuable and you want to spend any time out of your store obtaining the cream of the crop ideas - from new products, growth strategies and tech trends. Hear what the experts have to share, sample emerging products, uncover new technology, and refresh your enthusiasm for the business. You’ll walk away with a plan to bring all of these new ideas and initiatives into your store operation to drive profits, growth and innovation.   No matter where you are in your retail career, a trade show will no doubt provide you with opportunities, education and inspiration as you progress in the business. Interested in learning more? Check out the upcoming NGA show: National Grocers Association Show, San Diego, CA, February 24-27, 2019, www.thengashow.com  Each year, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate.  Given today’s ever-changing marketplace and evolving advancements in innovation occurring in the food retail industry, The NGA Show is a must-attend event, providing over 40 educational workshops, an expo floor featuring innovative and game-changing products and solutions and countless networking opportunities.  Registration is open at www.thengashow.com – early bird registration rates in effect through December 10, 2018.  +MORE

NGA Show 2019: The Epicenter of Grocery Industry Innovation

CART, Advancing Retail

In a special event leading up to the opening of the new NGA Show 2019, CART will bring together unique education, an impressive line up of speakers, and cutting edge innovation to make San Diego the epicenter of grocery industry innovation during Feb. 24-27, 2019. With a focus on regional retailers and dynamic independent operators, the CART team will present an innovation tour de force designed to help attendees not only stay in the game but help them win. CART is coming together with leading retailers through-out the industry to provide attendees a new worldview for the future of retail where transformation and disruption are the new normal: iRetail. Focused on five ‘i’s, iRetail will give attending executives a framework for evaluating their existing capabilities and provide a roadmap to closing the innovation gap. In a time of declining and disappearing industry events, the NGA Show has become a beacon of light for the industry as it has grown each year, even outgrowing its longtime home in Las Vegas, spurring the move to San Diego this coming February. CART has had a long time partnership with NGA and is taking the relationship to a new level this year, building on the success of CART’s Innovation Event at last year’s show.  Make sure to put Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on your calendar and plan to attend the CART special event at the new NGA Show! +MORE

Technology's Profound Impact on the Supermarket Industry

Peter Larkin, President & CEO, National Grocers Association

Often cited as the one of the greatest catalyst of change within the retail grocery industry, technology is an area that independent supermarket operators must understand, and embrace.  Technology continues to have a profound impact, where virtually every detail of the supermarket industry is being touched by new solutions and platforms. I see three technology threads, each entwined with the other. One is the explosion of mobile applications and programs that are turning grocery shoppers into high information consumers. According to Pew research, smart phone adoption among Americans has more than doubled since 2011. Not only are shoppers becoming more sophisticated, but they are using technology as a way to gain more information, transparency, and convenience. At the touch of a mobile screen, consumers can instantly access to updated information on locally sourced perishables, competitive promotions, price checks and recipe ingredient lists. In turn, this migration to the digital space is shaping customer relationships with retailers. Today’s shopper does not want to be talked to but instead wants to be a part of the conversation. Consumer product manufacturers and marketers make up a second technology thread. By analyzing large chunks of customer data and retail sales, manufacturers, retailers and service suppliers are exploring innovative ways to touch their target audiences. Big data though can be vast and hard to harness. Whether it’s social media, a mobile payment system, or loyalty programs, technology can effectively create many new opportunities for savvy retailers to learn about and to connect with their shoppers to better serve their needs. A good place to see and learn about a number of these innovative solutions is right here at www.advancingretail.org. The third thread is in the store itself, where technology is increasingly employed to improve overall store productivity to program more effective lighting, to boost checkout efficiency, to track shopper traffic flows to improve layout and sales per square foot, or to offer customers immediate cost savings via real time wifi connections as they shop. A great, and very recent, example of this is Sedano's Supermarkets launch of a “robotic supermarket,” which entails an automated fulfillment center where AI-enabled robots will assemble full supermarket orders of up to 60 items. While the landscape is quickly evolving, many independent grocers are taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to engage with their shoppers, find efficiencies, and reach new and existing customers where, how, and when they want. Independents have been making their move into digital. They are hiring dedicated staff, dedicating marketing budgets to digital initiatives, more effectively leveraging social media platforms, and integrating the latest technologies into their business strategies.  With the dramatic pace in which new apps and tech solutions are coming on to the market, it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but technology will play a defining role in the supermarket industry.  Those retailers that are on the forefront of implementing new technology and embrace the hyper-connected, tech-savvy consumer are positioning themselves for success. I’m one who is convinced that these threads will weave into a pattern of rising sales and profits. And that’s why the 2019 NGA Show will kick-off with a new educational event, spearheaded by our partners at CART, entitled “iRetail: Technology Innovation Reshaping the Grocery Industry.” The event is designed to give supermarket operators a framework for navigating fast-paced innovation while maintaining a focus on the importance of people and physical stores as we move into the future. Despite increased competition from all angles, it is an exciting time for the supermarket industry – and we at NGA are bullish about what the future holds for the independent grocers! Known as the true entrepreneurs of the industry, independents are nimble enough to quickly overcome obstacles, and are finding innovative ways to respond to changing consumer preferences, which is something they’ve always been good at given their close ties to their communities and the consumers they serve. +MORE

Pace of Innovation -- Shattering the Status Quo

Gary Hawkins, CART

Retailers are shellshocked by the increasing pace of technology fueled innovation that is transforming and disrupting the industry. It seems not a week goes by that we don’t read about yet another new competitor entering the grocery space or some new innovation being rolled out by an existing competitor. Case in point: Kroger’s recent announcement that it is deploying its Shop, Scan, and Bag self-shopping solution at 400+ stores. This in response to Amazon’s cashier-less Go store pilot and Walmart’s similar self-shopping solution. Supermarket retailers are challenged on several fronts relative to innovation. It is nearly impossible for a retailer to be aware of all the new innovation entering the market. As an example, CART reviews an estimated 100 new solutions each month. Beyond awareness though is the challenge of deciding what areas to focus on (supply chain, distribution, marketing, store operations, etc.) and deciding what specific solution to pilot. And then having to decide what new capabilities to deploy across operating stores. Having efficient operations, quality foods, and great pricing and service is simply the cost of entry to supermarket retail. The new battleground is innovation. This is a new world for retailers to navigate. As an example, we see too many retailers implementing different digital capabilities in a piecemeal fashion rather than working towards a cohesive and comprehensive platform. The self-shopping capability mentioned earlier is a great example. Some retailers are trying to implement this kind of capability through a third-party app or a separate app rather than bundling it into one mobile app for their customers. Shoppers are after an omni-channel, seamless experience, not being forced to interact with different apps or systems to do business with a retailer. CART is here to help. We’re able to leverage our strong retail experience, industry knowledge, and unique insight to new capabilities and innovation flowing into the market to help retailers understand where they are today relative to their competitors and best-in-class retailers. Developing an innovation roadmap is important to help in prioritizing what new innovation to focus on and to create a foundation capable of adapting to new capabilities and technologies as they come into the market. +MORE

Retail Strategy Experts U. S. & Canada

Better Sales & Brand Management Group

PLANNING Planning for a market in the U.S. or Canada—regional or national—requires a methodical approach. Multiple elements come into play, from product to packaging, pricing and promotion. The right partners are crucial and a roll-out plan that is fiscally responsible is essential STRATEGY The key to success is a sound go-to-market strategy. We work with you to define your goals, priorities and expectations. We then recommend the best course of action based on resources and opportunities. All retail placements are backed with consumer marketing strategies to deliver sales results. BRAND MANAGEMENT Understanding the distribution and retail landscape while implementing proven brand management techniques only comes with years of hands-on experience and the right partners. We eliminate the learning curve and costly mistakes by providing a comprehensive service. Positioning – brand strategy and pricing Analysis – to decide on best distribution model Territory Management – Regional / National US and Canada Distribution Channels – set up and manage Broker Networks – set up and manage Corporate Accounts – set up and manage Sales Support – set up and manage sales teams/demos Reporting – setting goals and monthly reporting PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Brand Concepts  We Help brands clarify & Define: A unique brand vision Positioning in the current marketplace Key Messages through ingredient stories Demographic of target audiences Formulation Development Custom formulations are developed specifically to fit the brands marketing concepts and target the desired demographic. We always keep a critical eye on budgeting and timelines throughout the process, providing frequent tracking reports of the project for your review. Specialized Formulation Development Services Include: Natural & Organic Formulations  Sophisticated, efficacious, and original formulas for the personal care industry Full Stability and compatibility testing services Wide range of ingredient claim information USDA Organic and Eco-cert Certified Cosmetic Ingredients Proprietary natural fragrances for unique, custom formulations Internationally compliant formulations Packaging Development We bring innovation and experience to cosmetic product packaging and design, key components  to the success of your brand. Our knowledgeable, experienced professional team can assist in coordinating all aspects of the development and sourcing process, creating a seamless collaboration between packaging design, formulation and functionality.  We have a strong global network of packaging suppliers, which enables us to help brands source the packaging of their choice. If we are unable to find the exact packaging to meet the needs of the brand, we develop customized packaging solutions. Strategic Planning for Timelines and Product Launches When taking the brand/product rom development to market, we develop a strategic plan, budget and timeline to achieve your goal launch date.   REGULATORY SERVICES Whether you are looking for assistance in becoming compliant in the United States and or Canada, Better Sales & Brand Managment Group can help. United States OTC Regulatory Compliance FDA Compliance Ingredient List Quantitative qualitative Prop 65 compliance Claims Review Dossiers Cosmetic Product Safety Assessments (EC) 1223/2009 Annex I, Part A and Part B EU Regulatory Compliance 1223/2009 EU Regulation Packaging Labeling: Claims & Compliance - Domestic & International INCI (International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients) Ingredient Labeling Claims Substantiation - Review packaging verbiage for compliance Canada Cosmetic Registration Natural Health Product  Drug Identification Number LOGISTICS We are specialists in logistics, calculating every detail to provide customized service to our clients with a reliable consistent relationship. Skilled in U.S. and Canadian Order Fulfillment Services, working with our partners servicing all classes of trade we are able to deliver seamless operational expertise. Fulfillment Pick and Pack Light Assembly Mailing services Cross Docking Same Day Shipping Inventory Management  Web tracking EDI set up and Management Order Processing Accounts Receivable/Payable Returned goods processing    Warehousing  We can organize central warehousing, establishing a base of business in the US and or Canada and provide state of the art facilities for all of our clients warehousing needs  +MORE

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Label Printing Solutions

Lone Peak Labeling Systems

We are your one stop shop for Label Printing Solutions.Lone Peak Labeling Systems specializes in equipment and custom made labels designed to provide you with easy, flexible and professional labeling solutions. We provide you with high quality multi-colored labels with total flexibility on fonts, graphics & design. We design custom labels and software packages that have been customized to fit the client’s needs. We provide installation and training as well as ongoing technical support for all the systems we carry. +MORE

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Heat Seal

Heat Seal LLC

Heat Seal is a high quality manufacturer of industrial packaging, food packaging and supermarket packaging equipment. We offer both semi-automatic machines and automatic machines. At Heat Seal, we strive to provide quality products at a great price. Proudly Made in the USA, Heat Seal is committed to great customer service, high quality products and legendary reliability. +MORE

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Supermarket & Retail Labels

Specialty Printing LLC

Specialty Printing is one of the few pressure sensitive label manufacturers that supplies labels, and other packaging products to Grocery stores on a national basis. Virtually every major grocery chain purchases labels from Specialty.Specialty Printing can provide an ideal solution for your specific needs and requirements. From Custom Designed Labels that help sell your product, Stock Weigh Scale Labels, Coupon Labels, Pharmaceutical & Prescription Fulfillment Labels, and Gourmet Recipe Labels. +MORE

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Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison Corporation

Core Capabilities The spirit of curiosity, new challenges in the marketplace and Avery Dennison's position as a global leader in the materials science industry drive us to develop and expand our core capabilities while introducing new material innovations and solutions for the world's manufacturers, converters and consumers.  Whether the application is postage stamps or high-performance freight labels, we engage our industry experience and materials science expertise to develop a complete array of standard or specialized pressure-sensitive adhesives that can function with virtually any surface—including metal, glass, plastics and wood. We create pressure-sensitive materials with numerous facestock and adhesion-permanence options, enabling our customers and converters to choose the appearance, dimensions, performance and functional properties they need. Our adhesive materials meet a range of specific requirements, from repositionability or antimicrobial properties to moisture resistance and performance through extreme temperatures. This capability allows us to create customized adhesives with unique functions that meet our customer's exact requirements and augment the value of their products. We have experience in the application of high-speed coatings that increase the functionality, usability and visibility of countless customer products. This process deposits a thin layer of one or more materials onto a roll with high precision, imparting additional qualities and functions to the roll material. We are able to cost-effectively apply a multitude of materials to the broadest range of substrates at high speeds and with great consistency. Our core capabilities include roll coating, die coating and curtain coating, but that is only the beginning. Our technical expertise in high-speed coating positions Avery Dennison to meet current and future customer needs in the areas of photovoltaic, medical and security solutions.We have experience in the application of high-speed coatings that increase the functionality, usability and visibility of countless customer products. High-Speed Coating Roll-to-Roll Processing Our suite of precision roll-based manufacturing processes can enhance rolls of paper, plastics or other materials with a broad range of performance functions and features. These processes help improve the effectiveness, performance and overall value of our customers' products. Our roll-to-roll capabilities include printing, die-cutting, laminating, perforating, splitting, zone coding, embossing or a combination of these, enabling us to add specialized functions to materials. For example, our FlexisTM Steam Valve is a multi-layered laminate for pre-cooked foods that keeps contents hermetically sealed until heated to a pre-determined temperature. We work with many precision-based roll processes, as well as a variety of converting transformation steps, whether or not they currently exist. We are also adept with web-based converting products, complex to ultra-complex labels, in-line transformations, and many other applications. We apply our expertise in chemistries and technologies to develop functional material coatings that enhance the functionality of roll or sheet form papers, plastic films and other materials. Our topcoats and other coatings enhance the value of customer products in numerous ways, from making the film printable and more durable, to adding a silicon release liner. Our expanding material science capabilities in fields such as nano techonology will enable us to invent and implement the next generation of functional coating materials, including next-generation coatings for photovoltaics, optics, security applications and anti-microbial solutions. Functional Coatings Films  Our array of extruded thermoplastic films can add imaginative design to packaging and amplify a product's message to consumers. From clear and flexible labeling materials for squeeze bottles to roll-fed shrink films for contoured containers, extruded films add sophistication to any product. Whatever the application, we deliver films that meet our customers' unique requirements. Our advanced technology films are used with tapes and airline tags, compliance labels, packaged goods, automotive decoration and much more. Avery Dennison's RFID solutions have proven to increase inventory accuracy, process and supply-chain efficiencies by enabling companies to track their products from point-of-production to point-of-sale. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method that stores and remotely retrieves data via a passive inlay and active RFID reader technology. We provide RFID tagging solutions and inlays that work with industry standard Electronic Product Code (EPC) hardware and software, including data management, printing and encoding capabilities. Intelligent Labels  Microreplication Microreplication is a roll-to-roll process that uses heat and pressure to form microstructures on long rolls of polymers of different materials. Avery Dennison utilizes microreplication to mass-produce very precise structures in a variety of polymer films and provide specialty customers, with micron-scale precision, high-density materials at a relatively low cost. We use our microreplication expertise to create highly engineered optical films that channel light for optimal reflection, as well as optical films that maximize refractive light by sending it in the desired direction. Digital information may dominate, but print is alive and well around the world. Our manufacturing capabilities accommodate a complete range of printing systems and inks, ranging from UV-cured to solvent and water-based systems. Avery Dennison’s printing and imaging capabilities include offset lithography, flexography, gravure, screen, and digital printing. Our printing and imaging technologies can be used for a broad spectrum of product needs, including garment care labels, tickets and tags, and postage stamps, and industrial and automotive labels. Printing & Imaging Medical  Vancive Medical Technologies develops new technology in partnership with healthcare market leaders around the world. We bring more than three decades of expertise in adhesive chemistries, performance characteristics and production technologies focused on pressure-sensitive adhesives for medical applications. Our work aims to meet the current demands and future needs of medical device providers, helping them find ways to improve patient care while keeping costs in check. Emerging Capabilities Our years of experience creating a broad spectrum of adhesives and continuous research and development allow us to innovate. These are a few highlights of our developing technological abilities. Vela™: Making window displays personal VelaTM, our groundbreaking, dynamic advertising system for display windows, is a turnkey platform for digitally transforming windows into eye-catching switch-on, switch-off projections of campaigns, promotional offers, and personal content. VelaTM HD liquid crystal display technology enables retailers the flexibility to combine traditional merchandising with innovative and narrowly targeted digital advertising, resulting in a more meaningful and personalised experience for shoppers. Introducing Janela™  Avery Dennison’s Janela™ solution, powered by the EVRYTHNG Smart Products Platform, enables apparel and footwear products to have a unique, serialized label, which then connects to EVRYTHNG’s IoT cloud-based software. That means every Janela™ product is ‘born’ digital with the ability to capture real-time data, enhance consumer experiences, and make the manufacturing and selling of products more efficient and intelligent. Over three years, Avery Dennison will digitize a minimum of 10 billion apparel products for some of the world’s leading brand and retailers, enabling personalized and relevant consumer experiences. We continuously innovate in order to provide smarter solutions to the customers and industries we serve. Discover our latest creative global packaging trends and technologically advanced customer solutions. Our global reach, expertise in materials science and the spirit of curiosity allow us to solve real-world problems and provide countless benefits. We do this, in part, by making lighter, thinner, more durable, more conformable and more sustainable materials. +MORE

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Inductive Intelligence

Inductive Intelligence LLC.

At Inductive Intelligence we've turned paper, plastic, glass, foil and metal packaging into IoT enabled cookware.  Using highly controlled inductive power our technology allows the consumer within minutes to heat foods, drinks, household and personal care items in the package by simply placing it on a coaster-sized appliance that they can also use to wirelessly charge their mobile device.  No trip to the kitchen, no dirty dishes, just conveniently heat the things you want when you want. +MORE

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IM SmartLabel™ Ready

ItemMaster

When product content is purpose-built for an industry, it’s easy to be SmartLabel™-ready.  We make it simple to create, manage, and distribute a 100% compliant SmartLabel™.  Be part of the food transparency movement, today. All ItemMaster complete and verified™ product records are SmartLabel™ now. +MORE

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Certified Brand Content™

ItemMaster

Over 82,000 products purpose-built for merchandising, planning and marketing. Partner with ItemMaster and drive click-through-to-check-outs to the next level. We supply the highest-quality product assets and information in the business, all through a cloud-based, platform. +MORE

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ItemMaster Brand Activation™

ItemMaster

Every brand. Everywhere. Consumers are everywhere, and every brand must be there for them with content that informs, engages and converts. We’re ItemMaster. We activate brands, everywhere, for everyone. +MORE

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Anti-Counterfeiting Smart Labels

Viveat

VIVEAT ANTI-COUNTERFEITING SOLUTION Every product protected by our anti-counterfeiting system is associated to a unique Dynamic Digital Identity generated by the Viveat platform. The DDI is to be considered the digital counterpart of a specific item, it’s non replicable, localized in cloud and accessible via web. The platform automatically generates for every DDI a unique serial URL (gateway to the DDI) and a unique random alphanumerical code (the ID code of the item). Every Viveat labeled product shows on it’s packaging both the URL (with a QR code or NFC) and the ID code (visible). The Viveat system offers multiple levels of security based on the technology installed on the packaging. QR code labels When a label with QR code is scanned (even with a generic QR reader) the platform: – compares all the logs associated to the specific DDI verifying any anomaly; – compares all the logs associated to the specific User verifying any anomaly; – offers the user a visual check of the ID code associated to the item. Our QR codes can be printed with several physical anti-counterfeit systems: – anti-tampering materials; – 2D and 3D holograms; – special inks. The combination of both software and hardware anti-counterfeiting systems assures a good level of security, allowing brands to beware of any effort to duplicate a Viveat label. The platform cannot digitally tell apart an original QR code label from a copied one but it understands when an DDI has been fraudulently replicated. Only a visual check of the physical label can determine whether a label is original or fake. NFC labels When using NFC labels every DDI, in addition to the URL and the ID code, is provided with a UID (unique ID of the NFC tag) and an encrypted unique ID (CryptoID) written in the memory of the NFC tag. When a NFC label is scanned the platform, in addition to the checks listed for QR code labels: – compares the URL with the UID of the NFC tag; – decrypts the protected memory of the NFC tag and confronts the CryptoID with URL and UID. Our NFC tags can be converted to several physical anti-counterfeit supports: – anti-tampering materials; – 2D and 3D holograms; – special inks. With NFC we reach a high level of security. NFC tags cannot be copied (every tag has by norm a unique UID), the comparison of URL and UID is a solid anti-counterfeiting solution. Since it has been discovered a black market of NFC tags with illegal UIDs we decided to add another level of security by encrypting a code in the memory of the tag. Only our server can read the encrypted data allowing Viveat to be 100% sure that the label hasn’t been copied. With NFC we can also digitally tell which label is original and which label is copied. +MORE

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Smart Wireless Pill Bottles

AdhereTech

AdhereTech smart wireless pill bottles are currently being used by patients in pharmaceutical and research engagements. These bottles collect and send all adherence data in real-time. The system automatically analyzes this information and populates the data on our secure dashboard. If doses are missed, patients can receive customizable alerts and interventions - using automated phone calls, text messages, and more. +MORE

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Pak Factory

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Packaging and POP Display Solutions

Landaal Packaging Systems

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Soundpaper

Labels That Talk® - The Audio Annotation+ Company®

Soundpaper is an affordable, easy-to-use system that converts ordinary paper into an extraordinary talking label in seconds. Soundpaper is a patented technology developed by Labels That Talk (LTT). This amazing system records sound into a next generation barcode that is readable with an iPhone, Android phone and a variety of other scanners.  Soundpaper is easy to create and print on many different kinds of printers, including the inkjet or laser printer you already own. Soundpaper’s feature-rich barcode capabilities are unparalleled.  In addition to instant audio, Soundpaper allows embedded URL’s, geo-coded location stamps, time stamps, tamper-evident printing, encrypted content, authentication with a digital signature, or any other digitized information. The possibilities are endless. Soundpaper is your personal barcode:  just record and print; scan and listen. +MORE

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RFID Tags and Labels

SML Group

We combine innovative RFID technologies with decades of comprehensive expertise in tags and labels to provide best-in-class, tailored business solutions to our customers. Every RFID tag and label contains electronically stored information including product type, size, color and various other identification and tracking features. All of our RFID tags work seamlessly across SML products and software, offering faster and more efficient product authentication, reducing the risk of lost or counterfeit products, and resulting in complete visibility across the global supply chain in real time. +MORE

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Packaging Solutions

Victory Packaging

We apply our expertise and our technology to deliver tailored, cost optimized solutions to every Victory Packaging customer. Our packaging professionals work with customers to improve and facilitate the various aspects of packaging and distribution, including packaging design, creation, storage, delivery, and management. +MORE

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Labeling Solutions

M&M Label

Labels / Tags / Decals: Every industry and product needs some sort of branding, and the most widely used method is a prime label. We produce primary and secondary pressure-sensitive labels with almost any production technique including offset, flexography, screen printing, and digital printing. We offer a wide variety of media selections to meet any need, use or environment, and offer a vast selection of finishings and adhesives. All custom labels are available in either roll, sheeted, or fan-folded formats. Ribbons : M & M has years of experience with thermal-transfer print technologies and compatible label materials. We have the knowledge to find exactly which ribbon is best suited for any application. Our thermal-transfer ribbons operate with a wide variety of label printers and printer-applicators from today’s leading manufacturers. Each ribbon is formulated to print high-density bar codes, text and graphics for product identification,  work-in-process, inventory control, shipping and other applications. Wax Ribbons Resin Ribbons Wax/Resin Ribbons Specialty Ribbons Printers: M & M Label Co. is a reseller and repair facility for thermal printers. We offer a large selection of models from various manufacturers including: Datamax, Sato and Zebra. Software: NICELABEL is the leading professional barcode software and teaming up with NiceLabel Pro may be one of the best decisions you make for your business. It will not only meet your labeling needs, but it will surpass them by making your workflow more efficient and hassle free.  +MORE

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Packaging Solutions

SupplyOne

What does it take to be the Leader in Packaging Solutions? It starts with a vision to be the best national provider of packaging products and services, and the desire among each and every employee to enhance our customers' profitability. At the core of our business are our people, our values and our commitment to meet today's demanding packaging requirements. Whether you are a current customer or a potential new customer our goal is the same... we work for you to enhance your profitability! From global to local, our expanding national footprint allows us to provide value to customers both large and small. We are a unique packaging company because we excel as a manufacturer, distributor and service provider. The power of this business model encourages customers to consolidate their vendor base, reduce inventory, and benefit from significant reductions in overall supply chain costs. We lead the packaging industry with our extensive manufacturing and design capabilities, which include custom corrugated, foam fabrication, plastic thermoforming and pressure sensitive labels. Combined with our Packaging Management Program (PMP), on-site managed services and e-commerce offering, there is no limit to the creative solutions we employ to help our customers lower their total costs and set the standard for packaging efficiency. +MORE

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3 Dimensional Tag Access Control

3DTAC Inc.

3DTAC Technologies Inc. is a company that designs, builds, develops and licenses its Patented Radio Frequency Identification Tag Access Control Real Time Location Technologies (RFID TAC™). The corporation was founded to address the market need for real time, real location (RTL)  object/item visibility for passive UHF RFID tags. The RFID TAC™ technology has widespread breakthrough enabling application benefits for the Supply Chain Management, Consumer Goods and Brand Protection, Healthcare, Safety & Security, Defense amongst other business sectors. 3DTAC partners with leading providers, to integrate their patented 3D location technology and to offer state of the art solutions for real time asset management and real time item level inventory control. The RFID TAC™solution uses existing passive UHF tags and provides 99.9% reading accuracy covering wider areas than any current technology. 3DTAC patent overcomes issues of accuracy, signal collisions and multipath, making this technology a perfect fit for the management and control of large quantities of tags for enterprise scope of applications +MORE

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Product Authenticator

Certilogo

Authentic products adhere to higher quality standards, more environmentally friendly manufacturing methods and regulated working conditions. Verifying a product with the Certilogo Authenticator is one of the easiest ways you can make a real difference, and it's free. If you are buying in a store: Find the Certilogo Code on the label or packaging, scan it with our mobile app or enter it into our Authenticator, answer a few simple questions and we'll tell you in seconds if the product is original or not. If you are buying online: When you shop from an online site you do not know or trust always check the Certilogo Code once you've received the product. If you want to know before purchasing then make sure that the seller's site/listing has a Certilogo-Button. If it doesn't have one, ask the seller to get one from Certilogo. +MORE

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Smart Packaging

Link.Me

Activate: Adding Link.Me Tags (QR Codes, NFC, SMS) to your packaging makes it smart. Shoppers Activate Tags with their mobile phone to find out more about the product. Unlock: Shoppers Activate the Link.Me Tags to Unlock exclusive content such as; instructions, interviews, recipes, videos, reviews, registration, customer service and special offers. Connect: The Link.Me platform tracks shoppers interests while building a direct relationship, enabling you to deliver targeted and timely promotions and messages. +MORE

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RxPak

McKesson

Leveraging McKesson's purchasing power and strong relationships with manufacturers, RxPak offers bulk repackaged products for pharmacies' brand prescription medications. McKesson purchases these medications in bulk containers from manufacturers, then repackages them into usable quantities, passing on the cost savings to the pharmacy. To ensure the ultimate safety and quality of its repackaged products, McKesson's RxPak operates to the highest standards in the industry. RxPak operates out of a state-of-the-art, FDA-registered pharmaceutical repackaging facility, complies with Current Good Manufacturing Practices and maintains rigorous quality controls. Once repackaged, the products move directly to McKesson's regional distribution centers, so that customers can order and receive them quickly and efficiently. RxPak is committed to delivering the most efficient, compliant, and cost-effective repackaged products available to pharmacies. +MORE

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SKY Unit Dose Packaging

McKesson

SKY Unit Dose features blister-format packaging containing the most widely prescribed dosages and strengths in generic oral solid medications used by acute care, long-term care and institutional pharmacies. Products are available in 100-dose and 750-dose sizes. +MORE

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Red Clay: Marketplace for On-Demand Industrial Design

Red Clay Design

Red Clay is a marketplace for industrial and packaging design. We harness the power of technology, and the talent of freelance designers around the world to get you the best possible design for your product or packaging.  Get the best version of your product to market faster and more affordably. Red Clay connects you to a community of double-vetted, freelance, industrial and packaging designers and provides the tools you need to collaborate efficiently. +MORE

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Packaging

Centor

Centor provides a complete line of regulatory compliant prescription containers for medication dispensing, including packaging for robotic automation and featuring standard and custom imprinted closures. +MORE

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