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The PDA Round Up for 2020

The PDA media center encompasses blog articles and updates in our community. Within the media center we have shared dozens of articles in 2020 to cover what is current in packaging. Covid-19 naturally comes to the forefront of news in packaging in 2020 as the industry has been uniquely impacted. From philanthropy in the PDA community to solving the new ecommerce problems, we’ve covered the ins-and-outs of the Covid impact on packaging. Beyond Covid-19, we have shared more trends and insights that are important in packaging.

These are the top articles in the PDA media center in 2020

RIGID VS. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING: TRENDS AND INSIGHTS THAT YOU’LL WANT TO READ

Technology is also constantly shifting the way we shop and obtain products. When consumer behavior changes, businesses must react accordingly. While we can’t predict the future, we must keep up with the trends to control costs and understand how to increase buyer satisfaction in the packaging process.

Because of technological advances, we currently live in an instantaneous world where you can order just about anything online and have most products arrive at your door with in days (if not the same day). With roughly 2 billion people in the world carrying smartphones, many depend on these devices for grocery and meal-kit delivery, product reviews and information, and coupons and deals – and this is just the beginning.

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TOP PODCASTS FOR ANYONE IN A PACKAGING ROLE

Podcasting is one of the most popular mediums for businesses and individuals to communicate important information and other insights with their audiences. As a medium that was not even available a few decades ago, it is remarkable that there are now over 600 thousand active podcasts and almost half of the population has listened to a podcast.

The packaging industry is no stranger to podcasting either. The podcasts that are currently available in packaging cover a range of topics. From flexible packaging to market segment insights there is something for anyone in a packaging role.

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AI AND PACKAGING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have infiltrated all areas of our lives. Every device we use has AI driving the programs, software, and applications that power our lives. AI allows Uber to predict rider demand and send you the closest driver. Your email application uses AI to sort out spam and categorize your emails. Teachers use programs that can detect plagiarism within seconds. And your bank uses AI to facilitate everything from fraud to deposits and more.

Without question packaging has been influenced by AI as well. Here’s what you need to know about artificial intelligence and packaging.

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PDA COMMUNITY RECAP FOR 2020

From acquisitions and expansion, to new innovations in packaging processes, our packaging distributors have been busy making waves this year in the packaging industry. We have seen philanthropic contributions, in addition to welcoming new members to our community. Celebrating these successes and acknowledging our growth along the way is important to us at PDA. Keep reading for a recap on the milestones that have happened in our community this year.

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PDA 2020 AWARDS PRESENTATION

Packaging Distributors of America’s 14th annual meeting took place through Zoom as a way to keep our members and suppliers safe but connected. Our member distributors and preferred suppliers joined together to review the year to date progress, welcome new members and suppliers, celebrate philanthropic contributions, and share other achievements.

George Strobel, President of PDA, welcomed the 65 attendees who joined the online meeting. Strobel welcomed the group by sharing his gratitude for those who joined. He then shared other announcements, including the welcoming of new member Korpack.

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PDA MEMBERS GO ABOVE & BEYOND TO BRING UNIQUE FACE SHIELDS TO THE FRONT LINES OF COVID-19

With coast to coast locations throughout the USA and Canada, coupled with solid access to the supply chain of necessary materials, our members were in a unique position to initiate an “all hands on-board” effort to bring much needed face shields to market.

The unique proposition of the PDA designed face shields is two-fold. Firstly, the shield is produced from proven American made packaging materials, such as urethane foam and polymer film, which our members have long standing direct access to. Secondly, utilizing a knowledge base honed from extensive years of packaging structural design experience, these face shields were ergonomically designed for quick (30 second) efficient assembly either on-site / on-demand or in advance of utilization.

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