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Top 5 packaging treats of October

Top 5 packaging treats of October
Our collage of the top-read packaging articles of October.

The influence of Amazon, Mars Drinks’ redesign, Walmart’s new sustainable packaging initiative and more headlined this past month’s best-read packaging stories.

You’ll find no tricks in our compilation as we treat you to the Top 5 articles of October as measured by our web analytics at The list indicates what topics packaging professionals found of most interest the past month.

We present them in reverse order starting with #5 that takes us to Mars…Mars Drinks, that is, which recently changed the packaging inside and out for its single-serve Freshpack system for in-office brewing. The pouches’ freshened graphics front a more sustainable structure with a 31% carbon footprint reduction. The inside details are disclosed in an exclusive interview with Samantha Veide, Mars Drinks’ global director, corporate sustainable solutions.

Next: Amazon’s influence on protective packaging


What’s on your Top 5 packaging list? You’ll find ideas and options for that and more at PackEx Montréal, November 30, 2016 to December 1, 2016. 



4. Amazon is the biggest and busiest online retailer on the planet, surpassed in volume only by Chinese giant online retailer Alibaba. Amazon is so big the company essentially “creates its own weather” and even has its own designation, “The Amazon Effect,” to describe how the company is driving change throughout the retail, supply chain and logistics industries.

What’s that mean to your  ecommerce packaging and distribution? Find out the 3 ways 'The Amazon Effect' impacts protective packaging

This major retailer’s packaging plans are on a fast-track path…


3. Posted late last week, this article rose immediately to near the top of our packaging charts: Walmart unveils new sustainable packaging priorities

Packaging Digest Executive Editor Lisa Pierce joined a select few invited attendees at the 2016 Walmart Sustainable Packaging Summit on Oct. 25 then reported her findings late last week of the retailer’s plans to optimize design, source sustainably and support recycling. With these three clear goals, Walmart hopes to reignite the passion around sustainable packaging with vendors, store buyers, packaging suppliers and consumers.

At #2, an article with an amazing shelf life


4 fast-moving trends in food and beverage packaging has appeared regularly on these lists since it was posted in May. It is an ever-timely Mintel report on global packaging and other industry findings in which the research firm presented some of the evolving trends that are predicted to make a significant impact on brand packaging design and influence how consumers interact with packaging for foods and drinks in 2016 and beyond. If that's not must-read information I don't know what is.

There’s something wild about #1


#1. The leader of the pack of our best-read packaging articles of the month culminates in a collection of September’s Top 5, which demonstrates a) the proliferating power of popularity and b) that what others have read should probably be read if for you it was as-yet unread. If that makes any sense then we should point out that what made September so wild was the #1 article within that month’s compilation, Pouches and bags gone wild!

There you have it. Please join us again next month when we present the best-read articles of November.


What’s on your Top 5 packaging list? You’ll find ideas and options for that and more at PackEx Montréal, November 30, 2016 to December 1, 2016. 


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