M&A and equipment investment are now imperatives
Customers want partners that offer them confidence that they’re not getting elsewhere. Confidence that you can manage whatever they need in a timely (and budget-conscious) fashion. And confidence that you can manufacture the printed materials that can help them grow.
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Packaging in a pandemic paradigm

From a marketing and design perspective, packaging’s job in the customer’s journey remains the same: to encourage the shopper to touch a product, pick it up and put it in their cart – whether during an in-person experience (taking it off the shelf at a store) or during an e-commerce experience (...

No improvement project should start without a charter defining its focus

These leaders reported starting journeys of continuous improvement, but were troubled because their efforts stalled after a month or two. Their management teams hit a wall, grinding projected improvements to a stop and failing to achieve planned improvement due to the weight of changing...

Accidents in label printing plants might be rare, but care must be taken

With in excess of 20,000 self-adhesive label presses in use worldwide, together with increasing numbers of flexible packaging and shrink sleeve printing presses, that printing and converting machinery related accidents might be somewhere near the top of the list of reported industrial accidents...

Editor’s note. Challenges – and opportunities – ahead

After a year (and more) of lockdowns and travel restrictions, of supply chain disruption, raw material shortages and price increases, it is little surprise that many of the contributors to the article are concerned about how far into the new year these issues will continue. 

Ongoing...

MCC Paarl printed Nederburg’s newly redesigned labels

In South Africa, for instance, the population has endured no fewer than four periods of enforced abstinence, with total bans on liquor sales, ostensibly to free up hospital beds occupied by alcohol-induced trauma patients. But there’s also a widely-held belief that the pandemic has proved a...

L&L spoke to Matt Bennett, global vice president for business strategy at Fujifilm North America, about why he’s taking part in the upcoming Label Congress 2021, and why flexible packaging is one key trend to watch

L&L: Why have you decided to take part in this year’s Label Congress 2021 conference in Chicago?

Matt Bennett (MB): Well, for us it‘s an exciting time to be here as we'll be announcing our entrance into the digital market with a new game-changing...

Hierarchy of metrics. The advantage of a driving metric is that it relates to the activity of an individual, group of individuals or machine in real-time, while result measurements are typically accumulation and outcome of the driving activity. Revenue, bookings and EBITDA are examples of results
If employees are not engaged, then all technology investments will fall short of expected returns
 
Today the technologically advanced converters are faced with the same...
Bob Cronin of The Open Approach on what label companies can bring to other industries

As recently as 15 to 20 years ago, businesses could survive on doing one thing, and doing it well. Computerland sold computers. Grocery stores sold groceries. And a tiny online company called amazon.com sold books. 

Today, things are dramatically different. Not only are most ‘specialists...

Brands often recognize the advantages of new label technologies, but find it too disruptive to change production line technology

The news in this issue of L&L of a potential breakthrough in clear-on-clear self-adhesive label technology is an exciting one. Signite is a technology developed by Actega...

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