Monthly Archives: September 2010

Private brands go public

While I may have some rather more cerebral observations from this week’s Private Brand event in Chicago in the next few days, one simple statistic got my attention the very first day. 23% of the dollars spent at an average … Continue reading

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The Aluminum Association tells us half the story

With the recent news release on aluminum beverage can recycling rates from The Aluminum Association, there is bad news hidden within the good news. Let me start by saying I am very supportive of higher recycling rates, but what I … Continue reading

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The great kitchen debate, its really about the shelf

The modern kitchen is a 20th century invention, evolving inexorably from the utilitarian to the extravagant. Until very recently, the same evolution has not taken place with most household products, often hidden embarrassingly, deep within in its cabinets. It started with … Continue reading

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Talking Ballerinas and Soap Boxes

The headline below appeared above an interesting piece on page one today in the NY Times. “Ballerinas, Famed for Silence, Take New Approach: Talking” Now try replacing the word Ballerinas for Retail Packages. You see where I’m going. Packages, like … Continue reading

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Advantage Amazon

Traditional brick and mortar retailers have a packaging problem and Amazon has the solution. Before you read any more check out this YouTube video and you’ll get it. In the last several years many of us have worked on some … Continue reading

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Special K gets Lucky

When I was a kid one of the simple pleasures of breakfast was the entertainment provided by the back of a cereal box. Stuff like the adventures of Snap, Crackle and Pop, or as I got older, the stories about … Continue reading

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Champagne is lightening up

There are few package structures that are more iconic than a great French Champagne bottle. But even icons evolve. Most are heavy 900 gram (about 2 pounds) descendants from the original bottle design by the Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon in … Continue reading

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