Smart Packaging

While it's perhaps un-PC if not unfair to characterize certain packaging as dumb, there are a number of packages that can be characterized as smart without hesitation. Smart packaging provides enhanced functionality that can be divided into two submarkets:  Active packaging, which provides functionality such as moisture control, and intelligent packaging, which incorporates features that indicate status or communicate product changes and other information.

 

It's a growing segment: According to a report from Freedonia, demand for active and intelligent packaging in the U.S. is forecast to expand 8.0 percent annually to $3.5 billion in 2017, well above total packaging demand growth. The report identifies food and beverages as the two largest markets for smart packaging in 2012, and projects that pharmaceuticals will be the fastest growing active and intelligent packaging market through 2017, with opportunities driven by the health care needs of the aging U.S. population.

 

Advances in printed electronics are boosting the potential opportunities for smart packaging by lowering costs. Printed electronics start-up Thin Film Electronics announced in October that it has built the world's first self-contained, integrated electronic tag system made using printed electronics. The company has an agreement with film vendor Bemis, which opens up a clear venue for smarter flexible packaging including for foods, that has been extended by two years.

 

Smart packaging even has its own association, the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Assn. (AIPIA), surely a sign of smarter packaging ahead.

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Desert Farms trials a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use smartphone-readable time-temperature (TT) sensor to assess distribution conditions for ecommerce-delivered bottles of perishable camels’ milk.


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Whether it’s boosting productivity in the plant or reducing food waste, today’s smart packaging technologies can help in so many ways. Two free presentations at the upcoming MinnPack 2016 show (Sept.


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Consumers with smartphones and other portable devices can interact with products that use intelligent packaging for that all-important engagement with the brand.


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Anheuser-Busch leverages IoT technology for the first time using smart label packaging with LEDs powered by paper batteries in a very special limited edition bottle of Oculto beer.

 


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Today’s smart packaging technologies already deliver myriad benefits, but this sector is quickly evolving in many areas.


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What can hardware manufacturers learn from cream cheese? In this example, brand owners can increase brand loyalty and gain powerful revenue with packaging that is smart.

 


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How are you using today’s technology to engage your digitally connected customers?


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On July 1, renowned French cognac house Rémy Martin debuted its Club Connected Bottle.


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The launch of the industry’s first “smart wine bottle” using near-field communication (NFC) electronics  based on Thin Film Electronics ASA


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With so much positive sentiment surrounding the pairing of near field communication (NFC) technology, NFC-enabled smart devices and packaging, the reality is that the talk is, well, mostly just talk.


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A panel of industry experts provides an inside look at smart packaging that can improve consumer engagement, operational costs and efficiencies and address food safety concerns.

 


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CustomWave RFID Solutions from R. R.


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The "Swiss Army knife of RFID," eAgile’s DualWing combines UHF and NFC frequencies in a single form factor that opens up technology-driven intelligence in the supply chain and interactive options for end users including authen


Whether it’s boosting productivity in the plant or reducing food waste, today’s smart packaging technologies can help in so many ways. Two free presentations at the upcoming MinnPack 2016 show (Sept. 21-22; Minneapolis) will show you how.

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Consumers with smartphones and other portable devices can interact with products that use intelligent packaging for that all-important engagement with the brand. Peter Kallai, president & ceo of the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry...


Anheuser-Busch leverages IoT technology for the first time using smart label packaging with LEDs powered by paper batteries in a very special limited edition bottle of Oculto beer.

 

Special events call for a special beer and that...


Today’s smart packaging technologies already deliver myriad benefits, but this sector is quickly evolving in many areas. For example, in 2015, you were interested in hearing about how brands are connecting with consumers via their smartphones, how...


What can hardware manufacturers learn from cream cheese? In this example, brand owners can increase brand loyalty and gain powerful revenue with packaging that is smart.

 

In 2014, Kraft changed both the recipe and tub design of its...


Retailer chain Fresh & Easy’s branded seafood packaging carries a Fresh Meter time-temperature-indicator (TTI) label that, activated inline during packaging, provides assurance of high-quality, safe foods from store to home.

 

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How are you using today’s technology to engage your digitally connected customers?

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On July 1, renowned French cognac house Rémy Martin debuted its Club Connected Bottle. Using near-field communication (NFC) technology, the packaging provides product authentication, opening detection and a consumer engagement program, all in one...


The launch of the industry’s first “smart wine bottle” using near-field communication (NFC) electronics  based on Thin Film Electronics ASA patent-pending NFC...


With so much positive sentiment surrounding the pairing of near field communication (NFC) technology, NFC-enabled smart devices and packaging, the reality is that the talk is, well, mostly just talk. In nearly every conversation, enthusiasm and...


A panel of industry experts provides an inside look at smart packaging that can improve consumer engagement, operational costs and efficiencies and address food safety concerns.

 

It’s enlightening when industry visionaries share what...


CustomWave RFID Solutions from R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Chicago, are positioned as a cost-effective, high-performance and environmentally friendly radio-frequency identification (RFID)-enabled smart label for packaging...


The "Swiss Army knife of RFID," eAgile’s DualWing combines UHF and NFC frequencies in a single form factor that opens up technology-driven intelligence in the supply chain and interactive options for end users including authentication.

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Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) have seen applications in television panels, mobile devices and related visual media. Now VTT Ltd. is looking to broaden those markets to include packaging using its cost-reducing roll-to-roll printable...


A Sun Chemical partnership for conductive inks creates smart packaging that opens up new opportunities to create a “tailored consumer experience” through packaging.

 

One result of T+Sun, a partnership between...