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Event Recap: Communicating at the Speed of Human - Takeaways from FUSE and Shopper Insights

Following two days of innovation and learning with Design and Brand Strategists at the combined FUSE & Shopper Insights conferences in Amsterdam, I'm still sorting my reds, whites, blues, oranges and greens (read on to find ot why green wins for me). However, for the benefit of the color-critical few that could not join the event, and before the myriad of thoughts blur quickly back to the highly chromatic day-to-day, I thought I'd share my reflections on learnings from our leaders in design and marketing strategy, in particular the role of color, and the increasing need for specificity, flexibility, and consistency in our digital world.

DOWNLOAD NOW: Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Health & Beauty

The study drives readers to better understand what shoppers want from beauty and personal care packaging, how packaging relates to their overall online shopping experience and why they return health, beauty and personal care products. Data on what shoppers like about product packaging can fuel new product designs, but knowing how shoppers want to receive products is also an important part of the narrative – allowing brands the opportunity provide consistent experiences, regardless of purchasing channel. 

How to Build Color Credibility Within the Retail Shelf Set

When it comes to cosmetic color or shade selection in the drug store aisle, or any mass market retail environment, the burden of decision making falls directly on the shoulders of the consumer. For cosmetics companies, this creates a great deal of risk – what if the consumer begins to second guess whether they have the correct match? This problem is further compounded by the fact that despite all the shelving, backlighting and pricey fixtures… when the consumer is standing in the grocery aisle thinking she may need a new concealer, it all looks the same.

Event Recap: Talking e-commerce packaging at E-Pack

I had the privilege to speak at Smithers Pira’s E-PACK event in Chicago in September. E-Pack provided brand owners opportunity to discuss the challenges of staying competitive in the online retailing space and how packaging converters and packaging design firms can provide additional solutions for brand owners. If you missed the event, I’ve got three key learnings that I’m happy to share with you, as well as a recap of the presentation I gave with my former customer and still-current colleague John Morrow.

CPGs Can Earn Consumer Trust Through Product Packaging

Each time a new package is designed for a food or beverage product, brand leaders must ask themselves if they’re giving shoppers what they want. Is this package what shoppers expect? Are they meeting shoppers’ desires?

As shopping behaviors and the path to purchase have been disrupted by online and mobile shopping, shoppers’ expectations of the product experience are also changing.

What Digital Shoppers Want Food And Beverage Packaging Designers To Know

When designing a package for food and beverage, a beautiful design will always appeal to shoppers, but a great design needs to do more. It needs to inform and motivate a sale, particularly in the nanosecond of consideration online. Carefully considering these factors for both packaging refreshes and new packaging will enhance unique brand identity and cement consumer loyalty.

How Technology Enables Package Design Innovation and Marketing Implementation

Marketplace disruptions caused by the rapid growth in ecommerce and social media are posing major threats and opportunities for consumer package goods (CPG) companies.  Designing innovative products and packages that delight consumers have always been important, but innovation today needs to be faster, more effective and less expensive than ever before.  Strong marketing implementation has also always been important, but the complex environment today requires a highly efficient, integrated omnichannel approach.  Technology can help enable these transformations. 

Food and Beverage Packaging: Online and In-Store Shopper Behaviors

Data and insights on what shoppers like helps fuel innovative product designs with strong value propositions, but knowing how shoppers want to receive products is also a critical piece of the story. For example, shoppers are constantly gathering information when it comes to food and beverage packaging and with the rise of smartphones, shoppers are becoming curious about how they can use their phones to get more value out of packaging.

Pack Snacks: News Round-up

In this edition of Pack Snacks, Ashley Joyce speaks with X-Rite’s Printing and Portfolio Manager, Ray Cheydleur and  VP, Brand Global Strategic Accounts, Cindy Cooperman about Nestlé’s former candy brands getting a new refresh, how speed to market is correlated to the ever-growing amount of indie and start-up beauty brands and how major brands are also looking to increase their new product roll-out to cash-in.

More Than a Pretty Picture: Design’s Impact on the Packaging Process

One of our editors, Ashley Joyce had the opportunity to speak with Chip Tonkin, Chair of the Graphic Communications Department and also Director of The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University. Prior to being at Clemson, he spent 13 years with International Paper. She also spoke with Jeff Rhodehamel, the Chair of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences and Associate Director of The Sonoco Institute at Clemson University. Prior to Clemson, he worked at Cryovac Sealed Air for 18 years. Combined they both have a total of more than 45 years experience in packaging industry.

Why Color Matters in Cosmetics Brand Packaging

In our visual culture, color cosmetics are the epitome of self-expression, and emotions evoked through color cosmetics can range from absolute disgust all the way to pure unadulterated delight. Color choices, combinations and applications create the story for the consumer, and the dynamics of color are a very personal experience, as it easily changes the way you view yourself and how you present yourself to others.

How the Last Leg of the Triathlon is like Product Packaging

My struggles as a young athlete feel strikingly similar to the struggles of the packaging industry. My dream for the industry is for it to become more technologically advanced, to see more consumer packaged goods companies implement active and intelligent packaging. It’s a worthwhile dream. Active packaging protects products, extending their value and shelf life. Intelligent packaging opens a world of new possibilities, allowing consumers to interact with products through their smartphones and giving companies an ineffable number of options for customer interaction, including better data, anti-tampering tools and augmented reality experiences.