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Brian Wagner

How Integrated Packaging Enhances Value

Mar 24, 2021


By Mike Richmond, PTIS partner

The IPVM Mode™ is a maturity model designed specifically for packaging to show the many elements that touch packaging internally and across the value chain. As the packaging industry moves toward many new challenges and opportunities. We have updated the IPVM model we have updated the model to reflect the continued acceleration of key elements in the model, including Brand Purpose, Collaboration, Industry 4.0 and the continued growth of digital across The Market, Commercialization and R&D. We will continue to update the model as the fast pace of change continues to accelerate as a result of the many factors noted in the model, especially technology enablement. For more information, visit Integrated Packaging.

 Today’s Packaging Likely Quaint To Future’s Advances

By John Maffie, Leading Futurists

Justin Lee’s Vlog, March 23, 2035: The other day, I found an old box pack of black beans, what I always call a “juice box” in the back of my Dad’s cabinet. The “best by” date was in 2020. I thought it gave a pretty good lesson on all the changes that have happened in packaging in the past 15 years

I set this little pack on Dad’s kitchen table and stared at it. It’s not much different, outwardly, from what we have today; shape, form, general type. But there are real behind-the-scenes differences.

We were not seeing much recycling or recovery of these multilayer boxes back in the early 2020s. Its layers needed specific handling, not available in a lot of curb-side systems. The ones now, of course, are different, and go into a chemical recovery flow, or right into the home digester.

This one had a little “FSC Mix Board” label on the bottom. That was about sustainable sourcing of the fiber in the pack. That logo did not tell what happened after use.

I’m glad we got away from the old “I did my bit” aspects of packaging, where a company would say we sourced sustainably and you can theoretically recycle this, so we’re all set.

Absolute carbon accounting of course asks not is something theoretically part of the circular economy, but is it, in practice, circular. There is no carbon labeling on this old pack. There’s nothing about carbon offsets, either, though that idea was starting to emerge then.

Since a lot of my staples are on a replenishment subscription basis, the pantry at my house is all digitally-logged. I wouldn’t even be allowed to forget a pack in the back of the cabinet. Dad doesn’t have autoPantry, said no way to that some time ago. Said it wasn’t anyone’s business what he had in his cabinets.

For kicks, I tried to read a Digimarc on the pack. That technology was emerging back then. But this pack only has the old UPC that takes up about half of one sidewall. So, I couldn’t have tracked the lot if there was a quality problem and neither could the maker issue a recall with alerts to all customers who’d bought it. And, of course, the stores and warehouses couldn’t automatically have the bots pull all product with certain specs.

Now, Dad thinks these 15-year-old beans are perfectly fine. I said no, and then snatched the pack and took it home with me. I’ll empty it and drop it in the digester. Or, no, that won’t work with a pack from 2020. Ah well, I’ll keep it as a relic of old times.

 John Mahaffie is a co-founder and principal of Leading Futurists LLC, a consultancy that helps organizations explore change and discover new opportunities.

Quotes for Our Times …

“In order to understand the system, you must first understand the system it fits into.” − Howard Odum, ecologist

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”  – Rosa Parks, activist

“Change should be a friend. It should happen by plan, not by accident.” − Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

“Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.” − Charles F. Kettering

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The Future of Packaging – PTIS and Leading Futurists Collaboration

Since the late 1990s, leading companies from across the packaging value chain have relied on PTIS and Leading Futurists to guide their future-focused strategies, leveraging foresight tools to anticipate change and navigate through uncertain waters. Every three years we offer the Future of Packaging program for a multi-sponsor deep dive into the shape of change for the sector.

Our tools help to assure your packaging is hitting on key global trends and stay ahead of competitors. These services can be delivered live or remotely and include:

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  • ·         Scenario Planning Programs and Workshops
  • ·         Customized Trends & Insight Workshops
  • ·         Teaching techniques such as Horizon 3 thinking
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  • ·         Individual company “Future-Proofing” audit of packaging, operations
Brian Wagner                                       John Mahaffie
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