Springtime seems to be prime time for industry conferences and association meetings. Over the last few months I have been able to attend just a fraction of these events—but enough to get a feel for some of the hot topics facing consumer packaged goods companies and their packaging suppliers.
Today’s world may be facing a spate of nationalistic spats, but the truth of the matter is that nations are more closely linked now than they have ever been. The reason for that is the complex web of international trade that allows quick access to products grown or manufactured virtually anywhere in the world.
A just-released study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) ranks the 50 most innovative companies. Not surprising, the list is dominated by large corporations, but relatively few are consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs).
Packaging has two major functions: protect and sell. It’s impossible to say which is more important. However, we know packaging that effectively combines both purposes can form the basis of a brand’s image.
Haven’t you always wanted to leave your competition in the dust? To keep an eye on them, but not really care what they are doing because your brand is so wildly successful? This doesn’t have to be a fantasy: Start thinking and designing on a vertical plane instead of a horizontal one.
Taking risks with your packaging and stepping outside of category norms are scary brand moves. Playing it safe with design and messaging may feel comfortable, but what brand has ever created an impassioned, excited following with a middle-of-the-road strategy?