Business & Industry

U.S. Packaging Machinery Market Snapshot

Despite their exporting successes, many U.S. packaging-machinery manufacturers have lost ground to foreign competition in recent years. Here is a brief overview of the packaging machinery industry. The total United States market for packaging machinery in 2008 was worth $6.3 billion, with domestic manufacturers posting $4.8 billion in sales, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Bureau's 2007...

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7 Christmas Inventions and their Surprising Origins

Have you ever wondered where Christmas lights, candy canes and other holiday mainstays originated? Here we look at the history of some of the most enduring holiday-season inventions. Some of our favorite holiday products, from decorations to toys, have surprising origins. Ever wondered where tinsel comes from (and why we drape it over trees)? Or have you ever asked yourself when people started to...

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Q&A: JoAnn Hines on Targeting Consumers through Packaging

In this Expert's Corner, JoAnn Hines, aka The Packaging Diva, lays out how the still-weak economy and fickle consumers are forcing businesses to rethink their packaging decisions. It goes without saying that packaging plays a critical role in marketing a product or brand. However, it takes more than just a pretty package to sell a product that resonates with consumers. IMT recently picked the...

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IMT's Geeky Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Instead of tasteful presents that someone might actually need, our 2010 gift guide highlights products that no one needs but some of us still want. Give the unexpected this year. "Fundamentals are out...fun is in," according to an analysis of the National Retail Federation's (NRF) latest annual data on holiday spending. "After Santa spent much of last holiday season doling out blue jeans and...

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New Edition of ASHRAE Green Guide is Available

ASHRAE-the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers - has updated the ASHRAE Green Guide:  The Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings.  This 3rd Edition uses an integrated, building systems perspective, to provide need-to-know information on what to do, where to turn, what to suggest, and how to interact with other members of the...

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2011 Global Pack Trends

Although many businesses are still ailing from the effects of the global economic downturn and consumers remain somewhat reluctant to spend, the packaging industry has adapted to meet the new market challenges. Cutting-edge innovations in design, such as interactive packaging and smart labels, are on the rise, while perennial concerns such as sustainability continue to play a key role in the...

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NASA's Astrobiology Announcement: No Little Green Men, But Maybe Green Solutions

You may have missed this little gem from NASA recently. In announcing an early December press conference about a new scientific discovery, the agency claimed that "NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth." Wait, what? Astrobiology? The study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life elsewhere in the...

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How Sustainability is Transforming Logistics

The pursuit of sustainability will transform the logistics industry, both in terms of its business model and the range of advanced solutions service providers will use, according to recent research. The logistics industry will be key to comprehensive carbon reduction efforts in most sectors due to its unique expertise and positioning along the supply chain, according to a recent study from...

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Is it Time to Party Yet?

Recessionary cost cutting put a damper on the holiday office party. As the economy gradually recovers, is the time-honored workplace tradition poised for a comeback? The recession took a severe toll on many aspects of the business environment, and workplace perks such as parties and similar types of entertainment have not been immune to cutbacks. Office holiday parties have been in decline for...

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It's a Jungle in There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring

In his new book It's a Jungle in There, businessman Steven Schussler draws from personal experiences to provide insights about creative approaches to building a successful business. This witty and engaging read is a great holiday gift for the would-be entrepreneur. As a burgeoning businessman in the 1980s, Steven Schussler stopped at nothing to make his dream of a tropical-themed restaurant come...

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