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...

Digital printing has had a major impact on the label industry over the past four decades.

It's now more than 40 years since Labels & Labeling first started to carry news and features about digital printing technology, both inkjet and toner. Printing capability was black-only in those early days, and applications were primarily for marking or simple coding of address labels,...

People need people, and the return of trade shows will provide a welcome fillip, writes James Quirk, L&L's managing editor

In the last issue of L&L, Stratus Packaging CEO Isidore Leaser likened running a business during the pandemic to playing a video game – stuck behind a screen...

How do you recruit and retain young talent?

If the labels and packaging industry is going to continue to thrive, it needs to be reinvigorated with a new generation of workers. Employee attrition is one of the greatest concerns the industry is facing, which is now compounded by growing labor shortages. It is imperative that new, younger...

RK Print Coat Instruments’ VCML-Lab/pilot coater
Label and packaging converters and their customers – as well as the many others that have a say or are involved in product output – have to take into consideration many factors before making a final commercial and process commitment. Decision-making is a joined-up affair. Economic,...
New tactics are needed for the post-Covid world, writes Bob Cronin of The Open Approach

Labels and packaging have always been important facets of our customers’ businesses, be it housing for barcodes, ingredient information, product display/protection, or simply carriers for high-impact visual merchandising and branding. But their perceived worth by the buyer has changed. While end...

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