Notable insights and sound bites Packaging Digest heard this year from experts at companies including Amazon, Frito-Lay, Anheuser Busch, HAVI, Jabil Packaging Solutions and others that are worth repeating.
“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.”
Lou Holtz, Sports Analyst
As deliverers of information and news, packaging journalists are privileged to interview some of the best and brightest minds and visionaries in the business. We ask a lot of questions and frequently tough ones, but when we know more, then our readers do, too. Even after decades of interviews, we remain impressed by the insightful, fascinating and even brilliant things people tell us.
Because many are worth repeating, we’ve taken a fresh look at PD’s annual end-of-year Top or Best of lists to put the spotlight on a selection of “notable quotables” that are intended to be a breezy, visually-driven informative review.
Sources range from brand and marketing managers to C-Level executives to consultants to vendor experts and others for topics that include ecommerce, sustainability, robotics, package design, ocean plastics, IoT and smart packaging, 3D printing and other on-trend issues.
Enough with the introductory verbosity, let’s kick off our slideshow with a quote from a world-class company that seems to have the ear of billions across the globe when its managers speak. It is, of course, ecommerce front-seat driver Amazon, which discloses its ultimate mission on the next page.
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Next: PepsiCo Frito-Lay doubles down on making packaging sociable.
Our “two for one” special includes another campaign further demonstrating the company’s socially-adept skillset.
Next: Who knew that wireless technology expertise would be fundamental to a packaging development?
Next: Home delivery of medications and medical supplies is on the rise—and that’s a healthy thing.
Next: The trend in clean labels expands beyond the ingredients.
Next: Using packaging to unlock the full potential of the Internet of Things.
Next: Is the problem really ocean plastics?
Next: Market shifts and the unexpected benefits of flexible packaging.
Next: Two viewpoints on 3D printing for packaging and production.
Packaging Digest reported on the hot topic of 3D printing several times in 2018
And there was this advice from long-time Packaging Digest contributor John Henry:
Next: A cautionary tale about holistic design and packaging fails.
Next: The incredible one-bottle 4-pack.
Next: Who knew the end was in sight?
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Next and last: Packaging gets smarter for Anheuser Busch and for Amazon
As a bookend to our start with Amazon we end the Top Quotes of the year with a final reference to the retail behemoth.