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Educating the Next Generation of Packaging Leaders with Jay Singh, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
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In this episode of the Beyond the Shelf: Product & Packaging Podcast, Laura Foti spoke with Jay Singh, Director of the packaging program at Cal poly San Luis Obispo. We talked about the increasing importance of packaging in organizations, how packaging education has evolved and embraced new technology, and the rise of the conscious consumer.…

“Chat with Matt” – Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain
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Anyone who knows me, I don’t think would describe me as overly chatty. But, somehow now I host a session called “Chat with Matt.” It all began when a Specright customer asked, “Would it be possible to have an event on the first day of User Group, so we can travel in early and have…

Transparency Equals Action: A Formula For Reaching Sustainability Goals Faster
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Originally shared on Forbes.com Over the past six months, I’ve noticed a shift. Manufacturers are becoming increasingly unsatisfied with being reactive when it comes to sustainability efforts. They recognize, with growing regulatory and consumer pressure, the need to introduce a new, proactive foundation that can scale across all aspects of their supply chain. They also…

Data is King: My Top 3 Learnings From GS1 Connect 2022
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Earlier this week, the Specright team and I attended GS1 Connect, one of the largest events dedicated to global standards around capturing and sharing product data. During the conference, GS1 member organizations (brands and retailers), and GS1 Solution Partners came together to work on solving some of today’s biggest challenges surrounding supply chain data standardization.…

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3 Steps to Reduce Packaging Costs & Ride Out a Recession
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Having spent over 20 years around the manufacturing and packaging industries, I’ve lived through my fair share of bull and bear markets.  As a former executive at International Paper, one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, I’m used to running businesses with high margin sensitivity.  With rising inflation and commodity prices, civil unrest,…

Building Brands with Purpose with Renee Junge
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In this episode of the Beyond the Shelf: Product & Packaging Podcast, Laura Foti spoke with Renee Junge, a F&B executive at leading brands like Jamba Juice, Sambazon and Bumble Bee Foods, about building innovative, purposeful – and sustainable – brands. Bringing a new product to market is never easy.  And when you’re ahead of the…

Specright Annual Scholarship: Packaging Students Weigh in on How to Tackle Sustainability
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Specright awarded its second annual scholarship to three packaging students from UW Stout and Michigan State University. The scholarship is available to students in all packaging programs Specright is partnered with. This year, the scholarship is recognizing packaging students with innovative ideas on how to approach sustainability using Specification Management. Students were asked to write…

Why the Future of Packaging is Returnable – and Circular – with Chantal Emmanuel, LimeLoop
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In this episode of the Beyond the Shelf: Product & Packaging Podcast, Laura Foti spoke with Chantal Emmanuel, CTO and Co-Founder of LimeLoop about disrupting the packaging industry, powering the circular economy – and why returning those unworn pair of jeans in your closet should be easy.     Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges…

Sustainability Identified as Top Supply Chain Theme for 2022
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Specright mentioned as a Sample Vendor for Sustainability tools in The 2022 Strategic Supply Chain Technology Themes report by Gartner® The quest for sustainable operations has become both more pressing and more promising. In the United States more than 50% of our green house gas emissions come from industry and transportation. The changes we make…

The Right – And Wrong Stuff – When it Comes Product Innovation with Carter Cast
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In this episode of the Beyond the Shelf: Product & Packaging Podcast, Laura Foti spoke with Carter Cast, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, best-selling author, and former CPG executive, about the role of marketing in product innovation, lessons from product wins – and failures – and what it was like to pioneer…