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Converters, Packagers Respond To Changes In COVID-19 World BY KATIE LUNDIN Corrugated and folding carton product packaging has developed a vi- tal role in the Covid-19 world. Early shelter-at-home orders made food delivery and e-commerce a necessity, driving increased packaging de- mand. And concerns over surface contamination changed the way that many people interact with the packaging that arrives in their homes. These trends continue, even with states re-opening and most expect that these changes will persist even after the pandemic is behind us.
NAM: Manufacturing Rose One Percent In August U.S. manufacturing production increased 1.0 percent in August, easing from the 3.9 per- cent gain seen in July but rising for the fourth straight month, according to Chad Moutray, Ph.D., Chief Economist at the National Associ- ation of Manufacturers (NAM). Despite recent progress, output in the sector remained 6.7 percent below the pre-pandemic pace in Feb- ruary. Manufacturing capacity utilization was 70.2 percent in August, up from 69.5 percent in July but still down from 75.2 percent in Feb- ruary. Real median household income, however, soared to a new record, up 6.8 percent from $64,324 in 2018 to $68,703 in 2019. The av- erage American working full-time, year-round earned $52,000 in 2019. The official poverty rate was 10.5 percent in 2019, down for the fourth straight year and down from 11.8 per- cent in 2018. The New York and Philadelphia Federal Re- serve Banks each reported expanding manu- facturing activity, with the sector continuing to show signs of recovery since the spring and orders strengthening in both areas. Respon- dents were upbeat in their outlook.
Packaging design is responding to the new normal in three ways: 1. Product packaging is adapting to shifting buying patterns: The coronavirus has changed the way that people shop. Running out to the store now carries inherent risks that simply weren’t a consideration before. Online shopping has become the safest choice. Thus, e-com- merce traffic has spiked significantly. This means that it’s more import- ant than ever for packaging design to accommodate the rigors of ship- ping but also preserve that important “unboxing” experience. Going forward, packaging designers must be mindful of the addi- tional physical demands being placed upon packaging to accommo- date shoppers’ preference for online buying. 2. Product packaging must meet heightened health and safety stan- dards and expectations: The novel coronavirus has prompted people all over the world to question the safety of the products they bring into their homes. The impact of coronavirus on retail e-commerce website traffic worldwide as of June 2020, by average monthly visits. Credit: Statista
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AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indi- cated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.
REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest
42# Kraft liner $885.00-890.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $900.00-910.00 $930.00-940.00 $903.00-912.00
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CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.
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Retail spending rose 0.6 percent in August, slowing from the 0.9 percent gain in July but increasing for the fourth straight month. Americans continue to spend mod- estly, with activity above pre-pandemic levels for the third consecutive month. Over the past 12 months, retail sales have risen 2.6 percent, but with motor vehicles and parts and gasoline excluded, spending has increased by a rela- tively decent 4.0 percent since August 2019. Consumer confidence increased to a six-month high, according to preliminary data from the University of Mich- igan and Thomson Reuters. However, sentiment remains below pre-pandemic levels. New residential construction declined 5.1 percent to 1,416,000 units at the annual rate in August, but the de- crease stemmed entirely from the volatile multi-family seg- ment. More importantly, single-family housing starts rose to 1,021,000 units, the best reading since February. Hous- ing permits edged down 0.9 percent but remained solid at an annualized 1,470,000 units in August. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) left in- terest rates unchanged, as expected, signaling no change in rates for the foreseeable future. The latest economic projections point to the federal funds rate remaining at its current range—zero to 25 basis points—until at least sometime in 2022, reflecting continuing concerns about economic growth and in the outlook.
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AICC Offers Three-Part Hazmat Webinar Series
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The Morpheus Series” has been described by U.S. critics as “a series of marvelous thrillers that are skillfully plotted and hard to put down. The three books comprise a paranormal epic, a Star Wars-like odyssey in which the action takes place not in space but in the unpredictable and often terri- fying world of nightmares.” The premise for Volk’s novels, which represent more than 38 years and 1,500 pages of work, was built on two questions: What if the tragic Viet- nam War was actually triggered by an eternal curse that returns periodi- cally to torment human beings with its destructive cruelty? And what if the curse of Morpheus, the ancient Greek god of dreams, gave its victims the power to invade the nightmares of terrified sleepers while sowing death and destruction via the power of “somnambulistic telepathy”? In a review of the first book, The Morpheus Conspiracy , Maine Sunday Telegram critic Steven Steinbock said it was “a web of conspiracy wound around four good people fighting for their lives and their sanity.” Book reviewer Bill McCloud, writing in the Vietnam Veteran magazine, described the second book in the series, The Surgeon’s Curse , as “a para- normal thriller, part horror, part police procedural, with the power to scare the hell out of you.” The third and final volume of the trilogy, Destiny Returns , was recent- ly released by Danjon Publishing and shifts the paranormal action from Boston to Chicago, where a criminally insane politician has been infected with the curse and sets off on a killing spree that will target the professor’s daughter Charly, who has just signed on as a Windy City police detective. One of the most interesting things about Volk’s approach to novel writ- ing is the way he uses the tools of business to build his thrillers from the ground up. After assembling a team of specialists with firsthand knowl- edge of sleep science, crime scene forensics, psychiatry and law enforce- ment homicide investigation techniques, he taps into the team’s expertise throughout the writing and editing process in each of his books. “I believe the ‘team approach’ to my novels is one of the main rea- sons they’ve been praised for their credibility and convincingly realistic
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Shorr Packaging Sees ROI In Talent, Technology During Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business as usu- al. With the “unknowns” seeming to grow by the day, however, where do savvy business leaders turn for sta- bility and continued revenue growth? The answer: a part- ner whose model was constructed on adaptability and innovation, pre-pandemic. While Aurora, Illinois based Shorr Packaging certainly wasn’t planning for a global pandemic, it was planning on the needs of its customer partners changing – and chang- ing rapidly. What’s become clear is that the investments Shorr Packaging made in technology and talent, pre-pan- demic, has enabled its ever-growing portfolio of customer partners to thrive, and subsequently meet the needs of their customers, during the pandemic and beyond.
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AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has re- leased La importancia de los empaques en el e-com- merce (The Importance of Packaging in E-commerce) and Matemáticas para la producción de empaques (Packag- ing Production Math), two new online courses, free to AICC members in Spanish. The Importance of Packaging in E-commerce, available only in Spanish, helps participants understand the e-com- merce process. This course also explains the most used packaging, the trends in personalized packaging, and the challenges that e-commerce logistics presents. The Importance of Packaging in E-commerce was created for directors and managers involved in the sale and design of corrugated packaging. Packaging Production Math, available in English and Spanish, is a practical guide to how math skills are used in packaging production. While this course is not a re- placement for a basic math class, it will prepare work- ers by showing how and where math skills will help them succeed in packaging production. These are two of the more than 80 free online courses currently available to employees of AICC member com- panies. Visit www.AICCbox.org/Packagingschool for more information about the courses.
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MacDermid Sponsors FTA’s Virtual Fall Conference 2020
“With today’s business atmosphere, and the global stage in general, the process of doing business has cer- tainly changed,” said Warren Bird, President of JB Ma- chinery. “While we are still very involved and personally in touch with the market and our customer base, we see the need to expand our online and social presence to keep customers up to date with the latest JB innovations and technologies. Our online presence also makes it more convenient for prospective customers to learn about JB and our products. Our new website and our participation in ConneXion are key factors in reaching our goal.” ConneXion is a new information channel developed by the publishers of Corrugated Today , International Pa- per Board Industry and the Packaging Portal. It’s a place for suppliers and converters to connect, share informa- tion and stay up to date on the latest technology and in- novation. ConneXion includes a Newsfeed and a video area, as well as podcast and webinar content. It’s much like LinkedIn, only dedicated to the corrugated industry. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Added Bird, “We invite you to visit our new website at www.jbmachinery.com . Once the show starts, we’ll have a link to ConneXion Expo on our home page. We hope you will connect with us through ConneXion and stop by the JB Machinery booth in Hall 1 at ConneXion Expo.” ConneXion Expo will run for the month of November. Admission is free. Visit www.jbmachinery.com/connex- ion/ for more details.
Atlanta, Georgia based MacDermid Graphics Solutions has announced its sponsorship of FTA’s Virtual Fall Con- ference 2020, demonstrating its continued perseverance through the COVID-19 pandemic. “Flexographic education through forums like the Fall Conference is critical for the industry to share ideas and best practices,” said Brian Cook, Applications Develop- ment Manager, MacDermid Graphics Solutions. “I am ex- cited the FTA is continuing with the Fall Conference in a virtual format, including the virtual booth experience.” As a gold sponsor of Virtual Fall Conference 2020, MacDermid Graphics Solutions recognizes the opportu- nity to reach FTA’s audience of innovative flexographers. Visit www.flexography.org/fall2020 for more infor- mation and to register for the event. JB Machinery Debuts New Website, Links With ConneXion - As a precursor to the upcoming ConneXion Virtual Trade Fair, Weston, Connecticut based JB Machinery has re- leased a new website with modern functionality and en- hanced content.
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When all other things are equal, cardboard is a safer packaging material compared to plastic. Psychological Health Buyers are keenly aware of the increased risk level from handling possibly infected products and product packag- ing. Occurrences of anxiety symptoms in 2020 have ap- proximately tripled compared to those reported during the same time period in 2019. Hygiene and physical and
Fear of contamination has been lowered – but not erad- icated – by the CDC’s reassurances that, “transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented,” or that touching a surface with viral particles on it “…is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” As a result, many people are disinfecting or quarantining packages before bringing them into their homes. Packaging design must adapt to meet both the physical need and psychological desire for safer, more hygienic packaging. Physical Health There are a number of ways to prioritize health in pack- aging design. Keep in mind the importance of protect- ing products from possible viral exposure. Among other things, avoid product packaging with open cut-outs that would impact the integrity and hygiene of the products. In addition to providing additional packaging to protect prod- ucts, converters can also make strategic choices about the packaging materials themselves. The National Institutes of Health study that has become the primary guideline for how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive on various surfaces states that “the virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic.” This information provides packaging de- signers and manufacturers with valuable information on how to keep consumers safer.
mental health are top-of-mind for many. And even after the pandemic, people’s heightened awareness of health con- cerns will not disappear overnight. Reassuring your cus- tomers and that you have their well-being at heart will con- tinue to be a powerful message. Well-designed, thoughtful custom packaging can speak to those anxieties. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020
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This is important for established companies but is even more important for new brands. If you’re looking to launch a new product soon, pay particular attention to how you address peoples’ anxieties and fears. Redesign food and product packaging to address consumers’ health and safety concerns and include copy letting people know why your product and your packaging is safe to purchase. 3. Product packaging will need to be designed for sus- tainability: In addition to ravaging through populations around the world, the coronavirus has had a major impact on our planet. As people stop reeling from pandemic-in- duced shock and daily life finds new rhythm, environmen- tal awareness is re-emerging. Product packaging needs to adapt quickly to counteract the damage being done. Food delivery and online shopping prevalence will likely remain high for quite some time. This makes it more important than ever for packaging companies to prioritize more sustainable packaging. There are two major path- ways to explore. Packaging Material The first option is to use biodegradable packaging ma- terials. In addition to recycled and recyclable corrugated containerboard and folding cartons, biodegradable and sustainable packaging options like bioplastics, corn foam, and mushroom-based packaging are now available.
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