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Packaging Career Development

Rebranded WestPack 2021 Reflects Its Forward Movement

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Packaging redesigns happen fairly frequently to keep brands current with consumers. Well, the same strategy applies to packaging-related events, too.

The nation’s leading advanced manufacturing event — comprised of WestPack, ATX West, D&M West, MD&M West, and PLASTEC West, plus the recent addition of the Cannabis Packaging Summit — has unveiled a new logo as a part of an extensive rebranding initiative that closely unifies and aligns the co-located events.

Produced by Informa Markets - Engineering (the Informa division that oversees Packaging Digest), the flagship event that has served as the annual meeting place for the packaging, automation, design and manufacturing, medical, plastics, sustainability, and product development communities for the past 35 years will display its new logos at the 2021 in-person event taking place August 10-12 in Anaheim, CA.   

The rebranding, which includes the first logo redesign since the inception of the co-located event in 1985, simplifies the look and feel of the show brands and signifies continuity across each of the carefully cultivated brands.  

Here is more about what the rebrand represents for the show and community.   

 

Why change the branding?

The event logos that we know and love have been around for decades, so we were definitely due for a re-branding. We needed to simplify the branding and align the five co-located events to have cohesive designs that fit together and visibly illustrate that this is one mega-event. 

This change is more than just about look and feel, color of icons. It’s a new era for Informa Marketing – Engineering (formerly UBM/Canon Communications). We want to make sure that we continue to support and build momentum across the industry for the largest advanced design and manufacturing event in North America. As reflected with the arrows in our branding, we are here as an event and platform to continue to move the industry forward.  

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What does the new look signify?

The new look closely reflects where we’ve come from in terms of icons, but there is more alignment and symmetry to them as one identifiable brand. We’ve used the same font across all show brands, with the variation on the color and icons for each brand. The blue medtech cross for MD&M West; the orange cog in D&M West; the yellow robotic arm for ATX West; the aqua polymer in PLASTEC West, and the green box outline for WestPack.

The biggest change we’ve made is with WestPack — going from red to green. We knew this was an important decision. Green represents sustainability, which is becoming more pertinent across all industries including packaging, not to mention that we are pleased to take the inaugural Cannabis Packaging Summit into its second year in 2021.

 

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For decades, WestPack made a bold statement with its red logo.

 

What else is in store for the 2021 event?

We are focusing on quality across the board — from content, to exhibitor support, to increasing the number of decision-making attendees coming to the 2021 show. The IME West team is diligently working on making sure we align the attendee needs with our exhibitor categories. You will see more focus on 3D printing in 2021, as this is our number one attendee area of interest. We look forward to sharing more information at the start of next year!

Recycling

Amazon Brings Machine Learning to Ecommerce Packaging

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As of 2020, Amazon has reduced the use of boxes from 69% to 42% in favor of padded mailers by using machine learning to identify shipments that can survive in the optimized packaging.

Amazon reports that, since 2015, it has reduced the weight of its outbound packages by one-third by eliminating 915,000 tons of packaging material worldwide or the equivalent of more than 1.6 billion shipping boxes. Less volume in shipments equate to reduced transportation impact and ultimately to reduced environmental impact — fewer trucks on the road deriving more products with reduced carbon footprint.

Leading brands have partnered with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer packaging experience team to use data analytics in making packaging improvements. For instance, statistical models help optimize packages for reduced damage and lower costs, and the use of the AWS machine learning (ML) tools and services give data scientists the tools to build, train, and deploy advanced models at scale.

 

How machine learning affects ecommerce packaging.

ML is a method of analyzing large and growing datasets to reveal patterns and make automatic improvements to optimize systems. Amazon has used ML “to discover a number of ways to eliminate waste,” says Kim Houchens, Amazon’s director of customer packaging experience. In her keynote November 9 during the virtual Pack Expo Connects event (you must register to view the free presentation). She cited a massive reduction of waste by shifting many items from boxes to padded envelope mailers.

Just weeks earlier, the company reported that as of 2020, ML tools have reduced the use of boxes from 69% to 42% in favor of padded mailers. Mailers (padded paper envelopes) are 75% lighter than a box and occupy 40% less shipping space. This followed Amazon’s package development partnership with Henkel and the 2019 launch of a fully recyclable padded mailer (see below) that protects and minimizes transit space requirements. When heated, the adhesive holding the two layers of paper together expands to provide cushioning, without negatively affecting the mailer’s recyclability.

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Packaging Digest executive editor received one of the new recyclable mailers for a shipment this holiday season.

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ML-enhanced analytics helped the company decide which products could be migrated from boxes to mailers without adverse results, such as damage to the product. Before the analytics project, Amazon relied on general rules, such as packing all vinyl toys under $25 in a flexible mailer.

“However, it turns out that there are a lot of exceptions to those rules,” according to Matthew Bales, research science manager. And ML was uniquely suited to “dig into” all of them to find, for instance, that collectible action figures require the extra protection of a box. There was no other way to efficiently and effectively make such determinations using lesser software routines, much less humans poring over data relating to “hundreds of millions of products, billions of customer shipments, and multiple channels of customer feedback.”

 

Forcing change for good.

Amazon’s grand vision is spelled-out in the Climate Pledge initiative it co-founded in 2019, and whose signatories now include hundreds of private- and public-sector brands and others pledging to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across their businesses by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Accord’s 2050 target.

“It’s going to be challenging, but we know we can do it and we know we have do it,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in co-founding the initiative.

Amazon is in a prime position to move the market beyond its ecosystem due to the presence of its online marketplace and AWS’ market share. With a one-third share of the cloud services market, it far outstrips runners-up Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Most Popular Colors for Food and Beverage Packaging Design

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Package Design Colors By Product

 

Read the article The ‘Magic’ Colors of Food and Beverage Packaging Design that details the study.

Packaging Design

The ‘Magic’ Colors of Food and Beverage Packaging Design

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Food and beverage sectors are saturated with consumer products that range from cookies and cakes to beer and soda. To stand out in a crowded market, brands, marketers, and designers develop eye-catching packaging.

Color psychology plays a major role in the advertising and successful sales. Package color has an effect on consumers and can draw them in or put them off.

To see which colors are used the most, Electrix Intl., a supplier of electrical enclosures and cable management systems, analyzed nearly 2,500 grocery products to reveal what hues are most used to assist and influence the buying habits of grocery shoppers.

What’s the magic color?

Using data from Walmart’s online grocery service, the name, brand, and image of up to 355 different products in ten food and beverage categories was collated, totaling 2,422 products across the range. An algorithm then analyzed colored pixels to calculate the top three colors in each product image. Across those categories that include cookies, chocolate, soda drinks, and ice cream, the most-used packaging color is light gray. In fact, 20.6% of all products that were analyzed are packaged and marketed to consumers using this color. 

A theme for less vibrant colors proving most popular follows suit in second and third place, with black (11%) and dark red (8%) joining light gray in the top picks for packaging. You’re less likely to see light purple (one item), blue (three items) and lime (three items) on everyday items.

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On closer inspection, the use of light gray tends to be complemented by dark blue and light blue for cookies and ice creams. Meanwhile, red and dark red appears mostly on coffee, cereal, and potato chips.

Only 22% of products tended to have only one color on their packaging with cereal being the most consistent category. Ice cream is most likely to have more than one color on its packaging, with dairy lovers treated to more variation on the front of their tubs and cartons. The breakdown of product types and the amount of colors used for each is detailed above, with canned food, coffee, and ice cream very similar in terms of results.

Please see the accompanying infographic that details the two most common colors for all 10 categories.

A brand’s identity is closely linked to the colors it uses because colors often resonate with strong emotions. With light greys, bold blacks, and dark reds dominating packaging, will we see a change in approach for the future? Will the fact there’s so much importance now on living a greener lifestyle change our opinions on packaging aesthetics? Will we see more vibrance and the use of green to showcase that a product has sustainability at the heart of its design?

Only time will tell.

 

Andrew Richardson is a copywriter at online marketing agency Mediaworks. Having recently graduated, he now writes for a variety of sectors, including construction, financial services, and hospitality at one of the North East’s leading agencies.

Recycling

Amcor Launches First Recyclable Shrink Bag for Food Packaging

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Amcor Eco-Tite R is a new PVDC-free, fully recyclable shrink bag for meat and cheese introduced in Europe.

Global packaging supplier Amcor announced December 7 the launch of Eco-Tite R in Europe, the first polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC)-free shrink bag for fresh and processed meat, poultry and some cheeses designed to be recycled. The material is to maximize shelf-life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and can be recycled in existing polyethylene (PE) plastic recycling streams.

"Through our packaging expertise and commitment to sustainability, the team has overcome a challenge for the industry; developing a high performance shrink bag that's PVDC-free and recyclable, while maintaining food safety,” said Rosalia Rosalinova, marketing manager for meat and fresh produce at Amcor. “This is a great step-forward for consumers and an example of how the removal of problematic materials from packaging — something the industry is increasingly focused on delivering — can provide us with safe, secure and recyclable packaging."

Amcor Eco-Tite R is a multilayer, mono-PE packaging that maintains a high barrier to oxygen and water vapor even when exposed to high-moisture environments, such as cooler cases and refrigerators. This solution provides European meat and cheese producers an alternative to PVDC packaging, which is not recyclable in mechanical or chemical recycling systems.

To validate recyclability in real-world conditions, Amcor Eco-Tite R has been certified by the cyclos-HTP institute, an independent testing lab.

Consumers can begin recycling Eco-Tite R bags where suitable infrastructure is in place, including Germany, France and Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, and Spain. Recyclability of the new shrink bag will grow as infrastructure develops in additional countries.

This innovation also supports Amcor's broader commitment to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, which it committed to in 2018 as part of its pledge.

Packaging Design

What Progress Have We Seen in Packaging Sustainability This Year?

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Packaging sustainability has advanced in 2020, despite the year’s almost insurmountable health, social, and economic challenges. The industry has taken deep strides in flexible packaging recycling, circular economy commitments, and plastic waste reductions.

Stepping forward with aggressive sustainability programs, major brand owners and entrepreneurs — like Nestlé, The Kroger Co., Walmart, LovePop Cards, Keurig Dr Pepper, Beautycounter, REI, and LEGO — are counting on contributions from packaging departments to achieve their goals.

In this free 27-page ebook, sponsored by Amcor, Packaging Digest takes you on a journey of discovery and celebrates recent achievements by showing you:

• The top five sustainable packaging trends in 2020.

• How far the sustainability movement has advanced in the last decade.

• The latest developments in flexible packaging recycling.

• How brand owners are successfully using the How2Recycle label.

• Solutions to the plastic waste conundrum.

• What is the most prevalent type of sustainable packaging commitment brands are making these days.

Download your free copy today!

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New Products

3D Printing to Deliver Injection Molding-Grade Quality Parts

3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), has finally reached a plateau that can greatly benefit makers of injection molds as well as processors and allow them to add value to their businesses. While many mold manufacturers and injection molding companies have been reluctant to fully embrace 3D printing, it was largely because they didn’t believe it had a place in their industry.

For many years, 3D printing was seen as a way to produce prototype parts — touchy-feely parts that were good to look at and hold, but not much good for anything else. For genuine prototype parts, many part designers and OEMs had pilot molds built, typically a one-cavity mold so the part could be produced in the selected material. The problem was that if the material needed to be changed, another cavity had to be cut. That is costly and time consuming.

This past August, Danish company AddiFab (Copenhagen) introduced Freeform Injection Molding (FIM), which delivers injection molding–grade quality on an additive manufacturing platform. More recently, the company has kicked off what it calls a “10-micron mold revolution,” by adapting the FIM process to the needs of micro injection molders.

In FIM technology, the mold cavity/core inserts go from a STEP file converted via 3D printing into a cavity inside a block of resin using AddiFab’s Add-Line 3D printer. Next, the mold is inserted into the mold plates and the part is injection molded in whatever thermoplastic the customer chooses. The mold insert is then sacrificed by dissolving it in a solvent solution in the Add-Line de-molding station, releasing the part. The short video embedded above shows the process.

The AddiFab FIM process allows mold manufacturers and processors to do what they’ve always done — create prototype parts in various materials — with the added benefit that the parts are also true production parts molded in the preferred polymer for the properties required. “AddiFab’s FIM process allows many levels of freedom and flexibility in testing various materials — even being able to introduce recycled materials — for reliable parts in days, without the cost and extensive time to build prototype molds required for parts testing,” says Carsten Jarfelt, CEO of AddiFab US, from the company’s offices in Palo Alto, CA. “For one client, who spent several hundred thousand dollars on prototype molds and 26 weeks of trials, it took us two days. It allows the customer to test the part without the time, costs, and risks involved. In another case it took us 19 minutes to build the mold and injection mold the part.”

A big advantage for mold shops that incorporate AddiFab’s FIM process is that they can begin talking to their clients much sooner in the initial design development stage, and start material, FDA, and environmental testing, which can now take place in the mold shop. The FIM process also allows for molding extremely complex shapes that wouldn’t be possible with a conventional mold insert. For instance, FIM users may employ printed inserts in conventional injection mold tools to produce complex geometries at very low cost. AddiFab’s FIM process also works with liquid silicone rubber and metal and ceramic injection molding.

“We enable mold makers to mold parts into the most impossible shapes and from their customers’ preferred material within a week,” says Jarfelt. “Mold makers are probably still getting used to the concept of printed tooling, and we can help them make whatever they need in the design and material of choice using standard feedstock. This is the freedom we talk about. Speed and cost matter, and FIM can reduce them without sacrificing quality. There are a lot of mold shops out there that need a helping hand to expand their business. FIM can help them reduce the risks of design and development.”

AddiFab’s full Freeform Injection Molding system comes with a 3D printer and de-molding station and is built to interface seamlessly with an installed base of molds.

Additionally, AddiFab can help “print the mold to support customer evaluations, then de-mold it from the part in a range of shapes including organic, in-body, on-body, one part or many parts, and we can help companies test various materials,” Jarfelt explains. “Sixty percent of our clients send us small batches of resin pellets to try giving them the opportunity to start testing.”

The market is huge but there’s a need to get the perception right. “In this market, everyone promises but few are delivering,” says Jarfelt. “With Freeform Injection Molding, we offer a lot of new freedom, with a strong focus on meeting performance criteria. We want to make credible stuff that looks incredible.”

 

Article courtesy of Packaging Digest's sister publication Design News.

Medical Packaging

Your Chance to Drive Innovation in Medical Device Packaging

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Kilmer Innovations in Packaging (KIIP) is a new, industry-collaborative effort that seeks “to improve patient outcomes and clinical delight through the science and engineering of sustainable packaging,” according to its mission statement. The group grew out of the 2019 Kilmer Conference, an event hosted every three years by Johnson & Johnson to discuss sterility assurance issues and named after Fred Kilmer, J&J’s first director of scientific affairs. KIIP draws from Kilmer’s tradition of collaborative innovation in aseptic practices and focuses on tackling challenges such as healthcare-associated infections through medical device packaging innovation.

 

Rod Patch, senior director, package engineering & product labeling, for Johnson & Johnson Vision, and Jennifer Benolken, MDM & regulatory specialist, packaging engineering, for Dupont, discussed KIIP’s plans during the Virtual Engineering Week session, “Driving Innovation in Medical Device Packaging.”

Patch said KIIP’s touchstone “is about improving patient outcomes—what can medical packaging professionals do such that the end result of a patient outcome is improved?”

For instance, he asked, “Are we ensuring that the packaging system provides functionality of aseptic transfer and providing that functionality robustly, consistently, and in a trustworthy manner? One of the concerns of any hospital or healthcare system is a hospital-acquired infection—we call them HAIs. HAIs are a tremendously negative impact to a patient outcome. . . . If our packaging systems can reduce even at the slightest level of percentage the rate of HAIs—that’s a tremendous impact on the healthcare system and a tremendous impact on the patient.”

Patch shared that KIIP is focusing on four programs to address industry challenges:

  • Aseptic presentation. Patch called this “a foundational building block topic” but said that available information on the “proper technique . . . lacks in evidence, lacks in publication, lacks in consistency.” He added that “opinions vary around the world on how to do this and on how to train healthcare professionals.” 

    He added that “this concept of the sterile barrier is universally accepted . . . but not universally adopted as a practice on how to provide things into the sterile field,”  he added.
     
  • The last one hundred yards. “If you roll back five years, you might have heard our group talk about the last mile,” said Patch. “What they are really focusing on is what happens when a device leaves a transit center and is trying to be delivered to a destination and in that transit, what might be occurring to that device—what are the forces, the shock, the vibration, the temperature, the environmental conditions, all these things we would call hazards. . . . I like to tell people, ‘we have already solved this—we know what happens in that last mile and know pretty well how to test our devices against those hazards.’ It is when it arrives at the destination that we have a low knowledge . . . of the last hundred yards, inside that hospital system.”

    Patch says it is important to “collaborate” with these hospital customers to understand how they are storing and handling products. “To get those answers, we need customers to be engaged in the conversation. We need to collaborate better with customers. We need to collaborate better with end-users. We need to collaborate better with the individuals who have made decisions on how they are going to store and how they are going move product. Are they moving them on carts or moving them on trolleys or putting them in bins? These are all the things we are trying to understand in the last hundred yards.”
     
  • The “Let’s speed things up” topic. “How do we leverage the knowledge we have to be able to be more broadly available and acceptable for use?” Patch asked? He said that “many companies have this information in the vaults of their systems and documentation. They have solved this problem but no one else knows about it. Or company X, Y, and Z have all solved the same question multiple times over, yet it cannot be outside their vaults of knowledge and information because it’s too intricately entwined in the proprietary information of their products. How do we unravel all that knowledge that could be leveraged and make it more broadly accessible and acceptable?”

    Benolken described the effort this way: “Each individual company might be trying to solve a particular problem . . . and it might take them five years to solve that problem, whereas if they got together . . . the right people in the right room at the right time . . . if those five companies got together, maybe they could solve it in one year and get that technology out to industry and for their own use a lot quicker than had they each tried to solve it on their own. So there’s where some innovation can come in as well—getting the right people in the right room at the right time—collaboration.”

    One project in this group is called Wicked Stability, Patch said. “Many of our organizations have already [answered the question], ‘Is this packaging system stable to the requirements that we identify in ISO 11607?’ Company X and Y have solved this question, sometimes numerous times within the company. Why don’t we present to industry the opportunity to say, ‘If you choose this packaging system, it is stable at minimum for this amount of duration, in this use case or in this scenario’. . . so we aren’t starting from zero time and having to prove it’s safe for use every single instance of application at every single company. We could start from some other time point—at minimum it’s ‘this’—and then you need to demonstrate your application is still acceptable, is still safe, and still performs—you still have additional requirements for your specific device, but you are not starting from time zero. Wicked Stability hopes to bring that knowledge to bear . . . for potentially accelerating innovation.”
     
  • Sustainability and end-of-life solutions. “Our space is an area where polymers are heavily used,” said Patch. “It is quite right for a topic to think about how are packaging systems are being mindful of their end-of-life state, their end-of-use state, and how is that mindfulness being connected to what should be considered all of our requirements to be sustainable in design and sustainable in practice, mindful of our communities, mindful of our climate? These are things that haven’t always been center and core to the conversation—we felt it is an important topic.”

Benolken asked, “How can people get involved?”

“Fundamentally, we want those who have any passion, interest, or desire to be active—those who are willing to bring their passion, practice, and knowledge—to help us collaborate to innovate,” Patch said.

He added that “we are looking for diversity of thought. . .  representing more end-to-end of the supply chain, [such as] material creation and material formation, the design, the form-fit-function aspects of design, the process and equipment, the test methods, the end user, and the state of use.”

To get involved, Patch and Benolken encouraged attendees to join the LinkedIn Group, Kilmer Innovations in Packaging.

Don't miss the other medical device packaging and manufacturing sessions during Virtual Engineering Week

Flexible Packaging

5 Tips to Creating a Recyclable Flexible Package

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Environmental issues for plastic packaging may have taken a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s only a matter of time until the topic turns white hot again. 

A subset of the plastic environmental conversation is recycling. Confusion runs rampant among consumers as to what can and cannot be recycled — and in what manner.  Interestingly, this confusion is not limited to consumers. Many brand owners, particularly smaller ones, don’t have in-house knowledge to help guide them.

To help move the knowledge needle, we’ve put together five areas to explore when trying to determine if your flexible package is recyclable. Some might appear to be basic for industry veterans, but for others who need to ease into the issue, these five areas should help you expand your knowledge base.

1. Determine your film’s specific structure. Although it’s a basic question, there are those who haven’t taken the time to really understand their “film sandwich.” Is it a monolayer, coextrusion or lamination?  Or even a material laminated to a coextrusion? What are the layers made from? Are there some aspects of the structure that are recyclable and others that are not?  Is there a way to modify the structure so that it is readily recycled? (More about that later.)

2. Find a recycling pathway. Is your material readily recycled via curbside bins or does it have to be taken to a different location (such as a grocery store drop-off) in order for it to be processed? If your brand is trying to promote recyclability to consumers, you really need to understand the back end.  Are you asking them to put the material in a recycling bin or do they need to transport elsewhere?  Understand your materials recycling journey before you make a claim that is likely to be inaccurate.

3. Review the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability. The guide is positioned as “the most comprehensive resource outlining the plastics recycling industry’s recommendations in the marketplace today.” An item is “recyclable per APR definition” when the following three conditions are met:

  • At least 60% of consumers or communities have access to a collection system that accepts the item.
  • The item is most likely sorted correctly into a market-ready bale of a particular plastic meeting industry standard specifications, through commonly used material recovery systems, including single-stream and dual-stream municipal recycling facilities (MRFs), plastic recycling facilities (PRFs), systems that handle deposit system containers, and grocery-store rigid plastic and film collection systems.
  • The item can be further processed through a typical recycling process cost effectively into a postconsumer plastic feedstock suitable for use in identifiable new products.

4. Research the How2Recycle label program. It was created by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to prevent valuable recyclables from reaching landfills, as well as reduce confusion by creating labels that clearly communicate recycling instructions (curbside collection, at a store drop-off location or if they should check with their municipality for that specific packaging material. It also provides simple, product-specific instructions, such as “empty before recycling,” “rinse and replace lid” or “empty and reattach pump.”

5. Reach out to your suppliers and their resin suppliers. With resin technology and film manufacturing capability constantly evolving, last year’s films structure may not be the best approach. Companies are constantly working on ways to make the entire structure more readily recyclable in curbside streams. Although many brand owners typically don’t reach down to the resin level, it’s in your best interest to work with your film supplier and its resin supplier to ensure that your package meets the desired environmental attributes.

Author: Dan Durham is the director of technical client services at PTI. He has decades of experience in plastic packaging ranging from tooling design to injection and blow molding processing.  He currently focuses his efforts on helping multinational brand owners successfully navigate packaging projects from concept to commercialization. 

About PTI

PTI is recognized worldwide as a leading source for preform and package design, package development, rapid prototyping, pre-production prototyping, and material evaluation engineering for the plastic packaging industry. For more information, visit www.pti-usa.com.

Packaging Career Development

Jingle All the Way: A Playlist for Resilient Packaging Peeps

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Music: an elixir of life. Turns out tunes have been helping pandemic-weary people hold onto their sanity.

“By the end of May Spotify had announced a startling 1,400% increase, compared to the first 10 days of March,” writes The Quietus contributor Dale Berning Sawa in his article “Home Bass: How Music Helps Us Work & Create Through Lockdown.” The shift to working from home (WFH) because of COVID-19 has been a key driver. He notes that “WFH-themed playlists have been a top consideration in how to make your home work for work.”

Regardless of where you’re working (or playing), let’s bop through these last weeks of the year together.

Happy Listening!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7j1lu9jnm1vlEiHEnVFKYv

(You’ll need a Spotify account, but it’s free and easy to set up.)