• Trucking along: Efficient distribution can decrease waste

    Waste management - meeting higher recycling and recovery targets

    Packaging waste legislation is discussed, and recommendations are made on a systematic approach to the design of packaging over the entire lifecycle, from raw material selection through to manufacture, distribution and use and final disposal. The guidelines determine potential areas for financial savings.
  • Less time at the till? Polymer electronics could lead the way to item-level tagging

    Guten tag — polymer-based radio frequency identification (RFID) tag development

    PolyIC has introduced the first polymer-based 8-bit RFID tag that operates at the industry standard of 13.5 6MHz. An advantage of printed electronics is the ease of integration into products or packages as they can be applied easily to flexible packaging materials by laminating or labelling or by direct application.
  • Box for 'la vie en Rose' Bordeaux wine

    Leader of 'le' pack? - French packaging innovations

    Comparison is made between innovations in packaging design in France and the UK and it is suggested that the former are more exciting and adventurous. Examples discussed include packaging for children's ketchup and sauces, syrups packaged in slender, tall cans and a wine box for Bordeaux wine.
  • Technician conducts read distance test at ADT Europe RFID Performance Lab, Echt, The Netherlands

    Standard bearer — radio frequency identification (RFID) standardisation

    The packaging industry has been quick to recognise the importance of developments in RFID technology, particularly for returnable transport items such as pallets and crates. Progress in dealing with international standardisation issues is discussed including the European Commission's recently launched consultation into the use of RFID tags.