BRANDS & MARKETS: Consumers, Brands, Brand Owners, Marketing, Markets, Consumer Research, Studies, Reports relating to cartons and cartonboard.

The Future is Bright!

This was the motto of this year's ECR Congress in mid-May 2013 with a focus on four topics: shopping experience, supply chain efficiency, sustainability and nurturing talent. With this broad spectrum, the organisers of the programme certainly scored full marks. The result: over 600 participants from 30 countries. Pro Carton has been involved as a partner for many years now. Here are the highlights.

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The Future is Bright!

This was the motto of this year's ECR Congress in mid-May 2013 with a focus on four topics: shopping experience, supply chain efficiency, sustainability and nurturing talent. With this broad spectrum, the organisers of the programme certainly scored full marks. The result: over 600 participants from 30 countries. Pro Carton has been involved as a partner for many years now. Here are the highlights.

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Simplify and Surprise!

In his first life, Lars Wallentin was responsible, during almost 40 years, for the development of creative design solutions for the strategic brands such as Nestlé, Nescafé, Maggi, Buitoni, Nesquik or KitKat. Today, he is a reference for many young marketing people. His device which clearly comes through in his teaching can be summarized in the three words: simplify, surprise and synergies. Pro Carton talked to him about what cartonboard and carton manufacturers should do, about the packaging supply chain and communication on packaging.

 

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Battle of the shelves

Growth of the haircare market has slowed down considerably. The biggest opportunities for gaining ground in the developed markets of Europe and the USA are hair colourations. The major players in this market segment vie for dominance on the shelf. And prefer carton packaging– as this apparently sells better than any other type of packaging.


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What makes packaging successful?

The international Institute Stratégir focuses on the most realistic possible testing of the two lives of packaging: on the shelf and at home with the user. Pro Carton spoke to Managing Director Line Kerrad on the numerous tasks packaging has to fulfil.


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Smart Packaging on the Horizon

A new study by IDTechEX comes to the conclusion that the market for Smart Packaging – that is packaging enhanced with imprinted electronics – will grow from 75 million to 1.45 billion US dollars over the next ten years. The reason: imprinted electronics are to become 99 per cent cheaper soon, and cartons are of course the ideal media for all things printed.

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Cartons are unbeatable in the long term

In this interview, Roland Rex, President of Pro Carton, is absolutely convinced that packaging made of cartonboard will be even more successful in future than it already is today. Growth is the order of the day, not only in the coming years but also the distant future - cartons unite communication competence, convenience and sustainability: exactly what brand owners and the retail trade need most in future.

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10 crucial consumer trends 2013

The institute "trendwatching.com“ has predicted 10 trends for the year 2013 which include interesting approaches for the design of packaging: sustainability will be an essential for the supply chain, while transparency, authenticity and globalisation will present packaging design with new challenges.

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The route to the future

"Mapping out the route to the future" was the motto when the cartonboard and carton industry met at the ECMA Congress from 19 to 22 September in Copenhagen. The wide range of topics covered a look into the future of society and business in Europe, current examples for sustainability, as well as the "Good Manufacturing Practice Guide“. ECMA President Dr. Andreas Blaschke and Roland Rex, President of Pro Carton, presented the 16. Pro Carton/ECMA Awards.

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Shoppers: the next generation

At the 16th ECR Conference at the beginning of May in Brussels, top level experts from leading companies of the European retail trade and brand owners met. The three main topics were collaboration in the supply chain, the digital age and sustainable growth. The programme and contributions, together with numerous videos are well documented on the website ecreuropeforum.net. Pro Carton has selected some of the highlights for you.

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Pro Carton at the ECMA-Congress 2011

Once again Pro Carton had a significant presence at the ECMA Congress held this year in Barcelona between 14th and 17th September. This congress which brings together a large number of carton makers, cartonboard manufacturers and suppliers to the industry is one of the main events in the carton calendar and Pro Carton took the opportunity to update all those present with its activities, publications and details of upcoming events.

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The route to the future

"Mapping out the route to the future" was the motto when the cartonboard and carton industry met at the ECMA Congress from 19 to 22 September in Copenhagen. The wide range of topics covered a look into the future of society and business in Europe, current examples for sustainability, as well as the "Good Manufacturing Practice Guide“. ECMA President Dr. Andreas Blaschke and Roland Rex, President of Pro Carton, presented the 16. Pro Carton/ECMA Awards.

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