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Yolanda Simonsis is a 38-year veteran of the packaging and converting industries. She has held past editorial positions with two former publications of Delta Communications and Cahners...more

Get Your Marketing Mojo Moving!

Have you noticed a fresh face on PFFC’s website as a new Blogger? You may have met her over the course of the last ten years–most likely at industry trade shows. PFFCwelcomes Stephanie Millman, who will get your mojo moving with expert knowledge to inspire your efforts to bring your products to market.

 

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Hitting the Ground Running

To all my friends and colleagues out there in the converting industry, a big thank you for reaching out to me and asking about both PFFC and the future of those who staff it. Let me share some tidbits to fill you in.

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Power Up with the New PFFC!

That's right. The good news is that Paper, Film & Foil Converter (PFFC) has officially powered up again as of today, October 20th. So, Loyal Readers and Visitors, I welcome you back to power up with us! Want to know more? Then read on. . .

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Showing Your Appreciation

Showing your team players appreciation for a job well done doesn’t have to involve a fist full of dollars (although it would certainly be appreciated if possible). There are some basic common sense management approaches that show your employees that you value their hard work. Still, I asked in my last blog entry: How do you show your appreciation?

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Managers: How Do You Show Your Appreciation?

In these days of shrinking budgets, how do you show your appreciation to the the people who work with you?

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Europe Faces Plastic Bag Bans

My last blog entry focused on the introduction of both plastic and paper bag bans in Evanston, IL, a nearby suburb of Chicago where I live. My headline then was: “Silly–Another Bag Ban.” Well, today I received a shared press release to the industry from Heike Richter who handles the communication & public relations for IK Industrieverinigung Kunststoffverpackungen, the German Association for Plastic Packagings & Films, announcing that the European Commission appears to be aiming for a ban on plastic carrier bags in Europe. So from Evanston to Europe, we seem to have leapfrogged from local to GLOBAL silliness.

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Silly: Another Bag Ban

Close to my own home, the city officials of nearby Chicago suburb Evanston, IL, (home to Northwestern Univ. Wildcats) have proposed a ban on disposable shopping bags–both plastic and paper. Don’t know about you, but I’m getting weary of all this silly stuff.

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Is BPA Receipt Paper a Hazard to Health?

Doesn’t it seem like the converting industry is under frequent consumer attack for manufacturing one product or another? If it’s not for the evils of plastic bags, then the industry is under attack for packaging in general. Bad plastic bags! Bad packaging!

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Tragedy in Japan

Since March 11, I’ve been alternately sickeningly horrified and addicted to the news about the devastating tragedy that has struck Japan as the world’s third largest economic power. Aftershocks continue to plague the island nation, and media coverage steadily mounts covering the brave efforts of workers trying to stem the release of radiation resulting from the 32-ft tsunami that damaged the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. As one person, I have been at a loss as to how I can help in some capacity. . . any capacity. Finally, a corporation from our industry–probably one among many–has stepped forth to make a positive impact

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Reported Live at ICE USA!

HELLO CONVERTERS! Your “roving” reporter is in balmy–and sunny–Mickey Town (a.k.a. Orlando, FL) where the first edition of ICE USA, organized by Mack Brooks Exhibitions is being staged.

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