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Packaging Digest has been the Voice of the Packaging Community since 1963--more than 50 years! The No.1 media brand in North America, Packaging Digest delivers relevant and compelling content--news, trends, best practices and new technologies--to packaging professionals at end-user companies in a variety of markets. This relevant, compelling and exclusive content helps our audience understand the packaging process; focuses on their challenges; and offers solutions to do their job better and more efficiently. We provide this help through our magazines, websites, webcasts, conferences and social media platforms. Packaging Digest offers "peer-to-peer" insights with real-world case histories that share experiences, advice and successes, enabling "cross fertilization" of ideas and technologies across all markets where packaging is a necessary function. Packaging Digest's goal is to help packaging professionals achieve higher levels of creative thinking, productivity and profitability. Packaging Digest is a media brand of UBM Canon.

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GUIDELINES FOR EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Packaging Digest! As the Voice of the Packaging Community since 1963, we actively seek expert analysis and opinions to help engage our audience of packaging professionals.

We accept topic ideas and story leads, as well as fully written contributed articles* that are relevant for our audience, compelling and, whenever possible, exclusive to Packaging Digest. Articles may be posted to our website and published in print.

Packaging Digest offers "peer-to-peer" insights that share experiences, advice and successes that enable "cross fertilization" of ideas and technologies across all markets.

[*All contributors must sign the standard UBM freelancer/contributor agreement, whether the work is free or paid. Contact any of the editors to get a copy of the form.]

Speak to our readers:

From packaging engineers and executives to designers and developers, our global audience is responsible for various packaging roles at end-user companies. Our readers are involved in all the functions involved in packaging a product for sale, including management, plant operations, material research and development, purchasing and shipping. They develop packages, as well as design and run the packaging production lines that create finished product(s).

Our readers work in a variety of markets in the consumer packaged goods and healthcare industries, including foods, beverages, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical items, electronics and toys.

What to submit:

Professionals in our packaging community are interested in many topics that can be classified...

  1. By market: Food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, medical, electronics and more.
  2. By topic/issue: Sustainability; recruitment, education and training; track-and-trace; automation and optimization and more.
  3. By product: Case packers, labels, filling systems, palletizers, closures, coding equipment and more.

...which we organize by Trends, Best Practices and New Technology:

TRENDS: Expert opinions about consumer and market trends (these can be blogs or more formal feature articles); new branded packages available in the market (to consumers or healthcare professionals); explanations about regulations, bans and mandates.

Recent examples:

What do consumers like-and dislike-about resealable packages?

Dressing up celebrity alcohol packaging in style

Make sure alternative wine packaging complies with federal requirements

Helping to JumPPstart careers in packaging and manufacturing

Smarter packaging rooms start with 'start'

BEST PRACTICES: Case studies showing successful implementations of new packaging technologies and new packaging production ideas; how-to articles for packaging operations and development; tips on new packaging processes and procedures.

Initiating a case study article:

  • Packaging Digest prefers to run stories about how a brand owner has used packaging to their advantage. The story can be about developing new packaging, automating a packaging line, increasing packaging productivity or other angles. We will try to feature the suppliers that helped a brand owner achieve success.
  • Any equipment installation should have been completed within the last 18 months.
  • If initiated by a supplier, it is the supplier's responsibility to obtain approvals from the customer/packager for publication of this installation. Both the packager and the product must be identified.
  • Best possibilities for a good story are brand new equipment installations or new applications for existing equipment; benefits accrued by the packager, such as increased efficiencies and speed, reduced material or labor costs, improved ergonomics or extended market penetration; or benefits realized from the switch to new materials or package type.
  • Generally, Packaging Digest prefers to have the story written by one of its editors. However, we will accept some submitted stories if the subject is agreed upon in advance with the editor. Packaging Digest will edit the story for our style and required length. There is no set number of words or lines for any story. Please indicate if you are willing to supply photography. High-resolution photos that enhance the story can help "sell" the idea.
  • The decision whether to send an editor on-site for a plant visit will be made by the editor.
  • Packaging Digest prefers story proposals via email. Send an email to Lisa Pierce, Executive Editor, at lisa.pierce@ubm.com. You can also call Lisa at 630-481-1422 to discuss a story idea.

Recent examples:

Woodbridge Winery bulks up production and takes up boxing

Shipping operation flows smoothly at Amway

The ins and outs of 3D printing and rapid prototyping

NEW TECHNOLOGY: Emerging developments in machinery design and components; new products (machinery and materials); new packaging processes.

Submitting new product releases:

  • Tell us all pertinent specifications on your product. Please understand that we will rewrite this to our style, so be certain the information is presented clearly and precisely.
  • Be sure to include benefits to the packager in your product description. We will try to include such statements, but we will attribute any claims to your company.
  • Departments for which we encourage news/press releases are New Equipment & New Materials. We are looking for any new packaging machinery, materials or containers/closure, controls or sensors for a packaging operation. Plus describe how the machinery component is used on the packaging machine(s), as well as its operational benefits.
  • Send new equiupment and material press releases and hi-res images (300 dpi, jpg, about 5 inches wide) to Lisa Pierce at lisa.pierce@ubm.com.

Recent examples:

Color this packaging invention convenient

Modeling optimizes blow-molded PET bottles

LiquiGlide gives foods the slip to reduce waste

Contributed pieces from suppliers are not White Papers, should not be self-promotional and should not mention the company's product offerings.

How to submit:

For Trends and Best Practices ideas/submissions, contact executive editor Lisa Pierce at lisa.pierce@ubm.com, 630-481-1422.

For New Technology ideas/submissions, contact technical editor Rick Lingle at rick.lingle@ubm.com, 630-481-1426.

Have an idea for something else, something new? Contact Lisa Pierce at lisa.pierce@ubm.com, 630-481-1422.

Graphics:

All contributions also need hi-res images (300 dpi, jpg, about 5 inches wide) to help illustrate the idea/article. Multiple images in sequence make excellent slide shows, which resonate well with our audience!

Packaging Digest also wants links to videos, especially for in-plant packaging operations or machines in action. We prefer videos that have been uploaded to YouTube. Simply supply us with the URL.

Share your comments!

If you are not able to contribute an article or lead, you can still be involved in this dynamic community.

We invite you to share your comments at the bottom of article pages on our website www.packagingdigest.com. Or comment on another's comment. Start a conversation or a debate. We'll help facilitate it with insightful questions and suggestions of where to go next.

Also, join the dialogue on Social Media:

Twitter: @PackagingDigest; @lisajmpierce; @PackmanRick; @kariembree

Google+

Lisa Pierce, executive editor: https://plus.google.com/?wwc=1#110411091179907639848/about

Rick Lingle, technical editor: https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=XX#118130675445982146892/about

Kari Embree, senior digital content editor: https://plus.google.com/100676262519768633809/about


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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Oliver Campbell
Director, Worldwide Procurement, Packaging & Packaging Engineering, Dell

Kim Carswell
Group Manager, Owned Brands Packaging, Target

Scott Hemink
Director of R&D/Quality for Latin America, General Mills

Joe Hotchkiss
Director, Michigan State University, School of Packaging and Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability

Joe Keller
Section Head, Hair Care R&D Packaging Development, The Procter & Gamble Co.

Denise Lefebvre
VP, Global Beverage Packaging, PepsiCo

Peter Macauley
Director, Global Packaging & Sustainability, Abbott Laboratories

Michael Okoroafor
VP-Packaging R&D/Innovation, H.J. Heinz

Ron Sasine
Senior Director of Packaging, Private Brands, Walmart

STAFF

Executive Editor
Lisa McTigue Pierce
630-481-1422
lisa.pierce@ubm.com

Executive Editor, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News
Daphne Allen
310-445-4263
daphne.allen@ubm.com

Technical Editor
Rick Lingle
630-481-1426
rick.lingle@ubm.com

Senior Digital Content Editor
Kari Embree
630-481-1424
kari.embree@ubm.com

Senior Art Director
Prakash Barnabas
714-845-0257 x6055607
prakash.barnabas@mpe.hcl.com

Group Director, Strategic Community & Audience Development
Sandra Martin
310-445-4251
sandra.martin@ubm.com

Audience Development Manager
Xavier Contaoi
310-445-3732
xavier.contaoi@ubm.com

Marketing Manager
Mary Williams
630-481-1421
mary.williams@ubm.com

Brand Director-Packaging
Steve Everly
610-705-8705
steve.everly@ubm.com
AL, AR, AZ, CO, DC, FL, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, NM, OK, PA

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Steve Slakis
630-481-1423
steve.slakis@ubm.com
CA, GA, IA, ID, IL, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, OH, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY, WEST CANADA

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Russell Thibeault
781-255-2053
russell.thibeault@ubm.com
CT, IN, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, EAST CANADA

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310-740-9073 doris.luftglass@ubm.com
AK, DE, HI, MD, NC, PR, SC, TN, WV, EUROPE

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