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According to Packworld, "The American Forest & Paper Association has announced that a record 67.2% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2016." This is great news for the packaging industry!
As you would imagine, paper is one of the most important materials in packaging and used throughout the shipping process in varying amounts by every company. Some of the most common uses for paper in packaging are printed purchase orders, skid labels, box labels, packing slips, and box filling material.Recycle-Paper

Since 1990, the American Forest & Paper Association has been tracking the paper recovery rate. In 1990, "the paper recovery rate measured 33.5%." While 67.2% is still a significant increase from the 1990 baseline. AF&PA member companies are hoping to reach their goal at least 70% U.S. paper recovery rate by 2020 as part of the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative.

AF&PA Board Chair and Clearwater Paper Corporation President and CEO Linda Massman says, "paper recovery for recycling helps extend the useful life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of our industry's sustainability story." Due to the commonality of paper and paper-based products in packaging, the recycling efforts are an integral part of staying sustainable.

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Opportunities Incorporated is proud to be a member of The Association for Contract Packagers & Manufacturers. Through our membership to this trade organization we are able to gain useful industry insights to allow us to better serve you, our customer.

It can be a big deal when deciding to outsource work to a contract packager. A lot of questions can come up right from the beginning, such as What level of quality can be provided? Can they meet our turn times? Who do we choose? Where do we even start?

To help get you started, The Association for Contract Packagers & Manufacturers came up with a list of reasons you may want to consider selecting a contract packager:

- No available in-house equipment or expertise for a particular job

- Geographically separated facilities could serve the product better for national distribution

- Non-standard packaging requiring special machinery or labor intensive work is specified

- Product may more economically be shipped in bulk to a distant market, then unit packed locally

- Short-term requirement that may be better served by specific experience or equipment you don't have

- There's a warehouse full of a product that needs re-working to make it saleable

- There's a corporate downsizing in personnel, facilities or both

This is a great list that you should keep in mind when deciding whether or not to consider selecting your next contract packager.

Please visit to see the article this list originally appeared in. CLICK HERE for more content related to contract packaging or HERE to request a quote.


Opportunities, Incorporated has been fortunate to have served our state agencies' battery needs in Wisconsin for a little over a year through the State Use Program. This program allows Opportunities, Incorporated to be the exclusive alkaline battery supplier for all state agencies throughout Wisconsin. These agencies include the Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and many more.

The program is truly special because it provides another means to meet our mission of serving individuals with barriers by providing training opportunities. Over the past year the State Use Battery program has allowed us to create jobs for three to five Wisconsin Citizens with disabilities per week. These individuals have been able to receive an average of 15 hours of training per week through the Battery program.

Powering Wisconsin

Over the past year, Opportunities, Incorporated has served our state by shipping out more than 97,000 co-branded Rayovac batteries in twelve packs to numerous customers throughout Wisconsin. The State Use Battery program has also allowed our organization to serve Wisconsin Citizens while meeting the needs of state and municipal customers in Wisconsin who believe in our mission.

 Total Battery Cells Shipped to Date -  97,944
pinterestYour product packaging says a lot about what the consumer should expect. According to Industrial Packaging there are three common packaging fails that you should avoid.

   1.   Mixed Messaging - Your packaging should tell a consumer exactly what your product is and what it does. Labels and designs should be easy to understand at a glance.

   2.   Over-packaging - Avoid using packaging that is so secure it is impossible to open. If a consumer has trouble opening and using your product, chances are they likely won’t be buying it again.

   3.   Change for the sake of change - “if it ain’t broke…” meaning don’t change something that is working.

The packaging is the first thing that a consumer sees when they walk through a store. Their eyes may catch a bright color, or a cool new design. However, they may also be looking for the same old packaging that have come to know and trust. This dilemma can put your company in quite the bind, now more than ever.

PepsiCo made a “change for the sake of change” mistake with its packaging redesign of Tropicana’s orange juice carton. The New York Times notes the changes made and how it affected the small group of extremely loyal customers.  Arnell, part of Omnicom Group reported to PepsiCo, the change in packaging driven by focus groups, “was exactly what they should be doing.” However, the extremely loyal instantly responded with negative comments. Consumers reached out with the following criticisms, “ugly” “stupid,” and resembling “a generic bargain brand” or a “store brand” says The New York Times.
Brands used to rely on focus groups understand what their consumers thought about new ideas and products. Hand written letters or emails eventually arrived as the main channels of feedback. Consumers today are now more connected than ever and feedback is instantaneous and very public through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

The Facebook “Terms of Use” controversy that took place in February 2009 is a good example of instantaneous consumer feedback. While this specific case in not directly related to packaging, it does show how quickly word can spread through social media. According to Wikipedia, the change to the “Terms of Use” was found on February 15. Due to the constant and instant backlash, Facebook reverted to its old “Terms of Use Policy” by February 16 while it could write up a completely new one. This shows how quickly negative perception can be spread about anything.

Both of these cases show how quickly word can spread when even a well thought out, but poorly accepted change is made. Consider and test new designs and products extensively. No brand is immune to real-time, honest, public feedback when it comes to customer perception in this era of social media. 

To read the full articles mentioned in this blog please head to:

Industrial Packaging "3 common packaging fails and how to avoid them"

New York Times "Tropicana discovers some buyers are passionate about packaging"

Wikipedia "Facebook"


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