This issue of Labels & Labeling is the third that has gone to press while the magazine’s team – editorial, sales, production – has been working entirely from home.

For our editors, columnists and correspondents, this is no great change – we have long been accustomed to not being in the office; if not working from home, then frequently from airport lounges and hotel rooms while travelling. But for the wider team to be working from home simultaneously is...

Key packaging trends in the post-Covid supply chain

None of us could have predicted the impact of Covid-19 on our global and local communities at the end of Q1 2020. Many questions linger within the packaging supply chain: Will Covid-19 change the mindset of consumers? Will sustainability continue to be on the forefront of innovation in packaging...

Omron has launched the V/F400 and V/F300 Series smart cameras, the latest additions to its MicroHawk line

Over recent years JIT workflows have been at the forefront of the way in which production and deliveries are planned. However, the current pandemic has thrust even more pressure on getting labels to the product manufacturer, especially in the food and pharmaceutical sectors which have seen vast...

How to evaluate an acquisition: Part II

Still, rosy times or not, there are essentials for evaluating an acquisition. In our first installment on due diligence (in L&L’s April-May 2020 issue), we covered ownership structure and financials, which are the foundation for any transaction. If your target matches these preliminary...

Branding and design: Delivery is just the beginning

It’s a trend that began in early March, even before most US states ordered ‘shelter-in-place’ restrictions. The March data shows e-commerce sales in the US up nearly 40 percent year-over-year, and Rakuten Intelligence reports that digital grocery shopping rose more than 200 percent over a three-...

The Andy Thomas-Emans column: Converters adapt to ‘new normal’

Speaking to a few label converters about their experiences up to now, key issues to address are starting to emerge. 

Customer facing: No face to face meetings by sales teams and customer service reps with clients or prospective clients will change the way the approval...

Javier Ibero, Latam manager for Eadec, a Spanish label converter

L&L: Your father founded the original label printing company Eadec in Spain. Tell us about the history of the business. 
JI: My father, Ildefonso Ibero, was the founder of the company in 1994, along with three partners in a small town in northern Spain...

A guide through the due diligence process by bob Cronin of Open Approach

This four-part series will guide you through the essentials of evaluating prospects, a process known as due diligence. Due diligence encompasses the activities performed during a transaction to find out the issues or to present the most favorable position to the acquirer. While your organization...

Branding and design: Thwarting the counterfeiters

As a designer and brand strategist in labels and packaging, I know that counterfeit products cost the economy billions a year. Fortunately, I know how to look for signs of counterfeiting. 

The next time I ordered it, I noticed the packaging was produced on a high-quality substrate with 4-...

An inter-connected global economy facing disruption

However, that may all be about to change as the impact of the coronavirus as it spreads across the world, increasingly comes into play on both global manufacturing and financial markets. Indeed, the virus has undoubtedly drawn much wider attention to the connected nature of today’s global...

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