Pick & Pack opens applications for the Smart Logistics & Packaging Awards 2020

Pick & Pack, the event for the packaging and intralogistics sector, organizes the first Smart Logistics & Packaging Awards 2020. The awards, which recognize those companies in the sector that are committed to innovation focusing on the areas of process solutions, manufacturing and printing for the entire supply chain, they will take place within the framework of the first edition of Pick & Pack, which will be held from February 12 to 14, 2020 at the CCIB, in Barcelona.
The event expects to bring together more than 7,000 professionals, including CEOs, plant managers and packaging and logistics managers of companies in the food and beverage, distribution, pharmaceutical and cosmetic, automotive, textile, IT, consulting, human resources and transport. In addition to 180 international experts and the most innovative companies such as Viastore, Ear Flap, Boplan, Trebol Group, UBS, J2 Servid, TM2, Enplater, A-SAFE, KUKA and NC Solutions, among others, to lay the foundations and challenges together Futures of the sector.
With the aim of promoting transformation in the packaging and intralogistics sector through innovation, Pick & Pack recognizes the work, leadership and transformation of those companies, universities, start-ups and innovation centers, among others, that are committed to Change with the Smart Logistics & Packaging Awards 2020. There are five categories:
• Best innovation project for the packaging industry: the award recognizes companies that have opted for innovation in an industry in total transformation for the food, beverage, retail, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, chemical or automotive sectors.
• Best design project in packaging and consumer experience: recognition of new trends and packaging designs that guarantee a unique consumer experience.
• Leadership in digital transformation of intralogistics: the category recognizes companies that have opted for digital transformation to increase their productivity and improve work methodology in intralogistics.
• Robotics and automation in warehouse management 4.0: the award highlights the new solutions and proposals of companies to move from manual warehouses to fully automated and robotic distribution centers.
• Excellence in sustainability and industrial ecodevelopment: recognition of companies that work under the fulfillment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, based on the use of recycled, renewable, light materials with a minimal environmental footprint.
The call to present for the 2020 Smart Logistics & Packaging Awards will be open until December 20, 2019. The winners will be announced at the Pick & Pack awards gala on February 13, 2020 in Barcelona. Companies that want to register for the awards can do so here.

The Pentawards jury for 2020 is unveiled

The prestigious packaging design competition Pentawards has 30 of the world’s biggest design names for the 2020 competition. This is twice the number of panellists involved in previous years.
By expanding the Jury members, Pentawards continues its drive for a truly diverse mix of experts, ensuring that different nationalities, ages, genders, educational backgrounds, skillsets, experiences and knowledge are all represented. This year’s panel is drawn from 18 countries, across three continents, including first time representatives from India, Denmark, Armenia, Switzerland and Brazil.
In addition to this, the number of female Jury members has almost doubled to nine, with the competition pledging to increase this number to an even 50/50 split over the next few years. Some of the women on board include: Helle Søegaard Rasmussen from LEGO, Ashwinda Deshpande from Elephant Design, Masa Cui from Marie Dalga, Angelina Pischikova from Pearlfisher and Jayne Struk from Depot Branding Agency.
This group of judges spans a wider mix of sectors, cultures and specialisms than ever before, making the tangible feedback provided by the Pentawards Excellence Score, which returns for its second year, even more valuable.
Adam Ryan, Head of Pentawards, concludes: “Our Jury panel for 2020 is like a who’s who of global brands and design agencies. It’s absolutely mind-blowing. This is by far the biggest and best line up we have ever had for our Pentawards Jury and we want to thank them all for of joining us for this year. It is not only great recognition for the competition to have all these major players involved, but also those entering the competition. It allows them to get their work and their projects in front of some of the brightest design minds, knowing any and all feedback is going to potentially transform their future thinking. “Plus, for those that win, they have been selected as the best, by the best. I now can’t wait for the competition to open for entries on 10th February.”

PRESIDENT: 1. Clem Halpin - Creative Director at Bulletproof & President of the International Pentawards Jury, UK.
JURY: 2. Matthieu Aquino - Vice President of Global Beverage Design & Brand Experience at PepsiCo, USA.
3. Steve Honour - Design and Visual Identity Leader, Innovation, Europe & Africa at Diageo, UK.
4. Davide Mosconi – Creative Partner at Auge Design, Italy
5. Angelina Pischikova – Graphic Designer, Pearlfisher, Belarus.
6. Ramses Dingenouts - Senior Packaging & Identity Design Manager at Heineken, Netherlands.
7. Carolina Alzate - CEO at Open Lab, Colombia.
8. Patrick De Grande – Founder & Creative Farmer at Quatre Mains, Belgium.
9. Ryuta Ishikawa – Founder & Creative Director at Frame inc., Japan
10. Chen Lu – Design Director at Xiao Mi, China.
11. Bruno Singulani, Global Head of Brand Identity & Design, Nestle, Switzerland
12. Tatiana Ryfer-Emberger, Head of Branding & Visual Identity, Carrefour, France
13. Kevin Marshall, Creative Director of Design, Microsoft, USA.
14. Paco Addin, Creative Director, Supperstudio, Spain
15. Ippei Murata, Creative Director, Shiseido, China
16. Richard Walzer, Head of Design, EMEA, Mars Wrigley, UK
17. Daniele Monti, Director, Brand & Packaging Design | Consumables Private Brands, Amazon, USA.
18. XiongBo Deng, Creative Director, ShenZhen Lingyun Creative Packaging Design Co.,Ltd., China.
19. Ashwini Deshpande, Co-Founder Director, Elephant Design, India
20. Stephan Azaryan, Art Director, Backbone Branding, Armenia
21. Sam O Donaghue, Founder & Creative Director, Established, USA.
22. Titha Kraemer, Partner & Director, Bendito Design, Brazil
23. Jayne Struk, Art Director, Depot Branding Agency, Russia
24. Jonas Andersson, Managing Director, Brand Union, Sweden
25. Dave Roberts, Creative Partner, Superunion, UK
26. Masa Cui, Founder & Chief Executive, Marie Dalgar, China
27. Sebastien Servaire, CEO & Designer, Servaire & Co, France
28. Jon Rathbone, Packaging Design Lead, Facebook, USA.
29. Aaron Egan, Creative Director, Butterflycannon, UK
30. Helle Søegaard Rasmussen, Senior Creative Manager, Lego, Denmark

The Digital Printing and Visual Communication Fair Digicom consolidates

The Organizing Committee of Digicom, the Fair of Digital Printing and Visual Communication to be held from September 29 to October 1, 2020 in Ifema, Feria de Madrid, has proposed to increase the exhibition space to exceed 14,000 m2 gross and increase the number of visitors. One of the main novelties of the next edition is the space dedicated to the promotional gift, fruit of the exclusive agreement with the two leading associations of the promotional and advertising items sector, Fyvar and Aimfap.
The agreement was announced to the press during a call in which they spoke: María José Sánchez, director of Digicom; Agustín Torres, co-director of Digicom; Gabriel Möese, president of Fyvar (Association of Manufacturers and Sellers of Promotional and Advertising Items); Emilio Estellés, president of Aimfap (Association of Importers, Wholesalers and Manufacturers of Promotional Items); and Miguel Blázquez, vice president of Digicom. Digicom will be located in Hall 4 of Ifema, which will be interconnected with Hall 2, where the promotional gift will be placed.
The good experience of collaboration for many years between Ifema, Fyvar and Aimfap has been a decisive factor for the signing of said agreement. The more than 600 associates that join between both associations are key to increasing the number of exhibitors and visitors of Digicom. In addition, numerous synergies are created between sectors already represented at the fair, such as digital printing, embroidery and the finishing industry.

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At Digicom 2020, visitors and exhibitors can enjoy the new Club VIP Lounge space, which will provide bar and rest. There will also be a new Buyers Program that will bring reference customers to the exhibitors of the fair, offering free hotel nights for these customers, and a new digital marketing strategy, which seeks to improve the promotion of the fair and its exhibitors through actions in social networks, email marketing and the appearance in different influential media in the sector that help increase the online visibility of exhibitors, achieving more than 1.5 million impacts.
This year the Emporia and Arca awards will also be presented, which summons Verdicts, focused on ephemeral architecture, packaging and design.
For its part, Ifema articulates an important institutional campaign with advertising in the mainstream media. Ifema has made important changes in its facilities, such as the implementation of 5G connectivity in its pavilions, the assembly of an LED screen on the south door of 228 m2, an improvement in all the lighting of the pavilions and the announcement of a expansion.
The good acceptance of the news and the change of dates has meant that more than 40% of the exhibition space was already reserved at the beginning of November. "We are very satisfied with our first edition and proof of this are the numerous reservations of the exhibitors," says Agustín Torres, co-director of Digicom.
In the last edition, Digicom 2019 got 4,518 exclusively professional visitors, 90 exhibitors and more than 300 brands. In the words of María José Sánchez, «that Digicom exclusively receives professional visitors allows the salon to have a comfortable influx for personal treatment and enhances business opportunities in an enabling environment».

Neyret takes over 100% of Seram

The tie-up between French manufacturers Neyret and Seram is set to create a world leader for textile/multi-materials decoration and identification for luxury products.
The Neyret group, founded in 1823 in Saint Etienne, France, is taking over 100% of Seram and its subsidiaries via its holding company NTH1. After the takeover, both Neyret and Seram will remain independent within the group.
The new group has extensive global coverage with three sites in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region in France, its own production and logistics units in China, Tunisia, Madagascar and Sri Lanka, and commercial subsidiaries in Paris, London, New York, Milan, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro

ADF&PCD and PLD Paris 2020 unveil its speakers for conference programme

ADF&PCD and PLD Paris 2020, the dedicated event for the aerosol, dispensing, perfume, luxury drinks & cosmetic packaging community, has released the first details of the conference programme for 29th and 30th January.
The event will host themed ‘Talks’ theatres in each of its three separate shows: ADF - Aerosol & Dispensing Forum; PCD - Packaging of Perfume Cosmetics & Design; and PLD - Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks. A fourth theatre, the Innovation & Technology Theatre (ITT), will host product launches and talks on the latest solutions for packaging buyers.
Over the course of two days, the event will deliver 35 hours of expert content from more than 80 speakers. The programme for each theatre has been designed and curated by a dedicated advisory board made up of packaging experts in the sector. Each will cover the key packaging challenges for its market and also offer cross-disciplinary inspiration, addressing issues shared across segments.
A range of formats in each theatre will ensure an interactive experience for audiences, with keynotes from the most influential names in the sectors, panel debates, Q&A sessions and programmed opportunities to meet the speakers.

ADF Talks
ADF Talks will focus on technical and regulatory challenges for the aerosol and dispensing sector and feature a mix of keynote talks, panel discussions and technical workshops.
Sebastian Kraus, associate director packaging development at KAO, will head up ADF’s discussion on the 2020 outlook for aerosols and regulation, which will be followed by a series of keynotes from the likes of Marc Spiniella, plant general manager at Johnson & Johnson. Franck Flecheux, LEREM Director and Jonathan Gawtrey, Head of Product Category Development at L'Oréal will go on to look at the next five years in aerosols from a variety of perspectives.
Other highlights in the ADF Talks theatre will include a technology workshop on filling and formulation from Johannes Burghaus, section head at Procter & Gamble and a timely look at the potential impacts of Brexit on supply chains from Patrick Heskins, chief executive at the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA).

PCD Talks
PCD Talks will explore a range of trends and challenges for the sector in the year to come, with a major focus on issues around sustainability, clean and natural beauty. The sessions will address how brands and the packaging innovation supply chain are responding to these two key trends.
Highlights will include a cross-sector session on sustainability issues that will open with a keynote talk from French MP Carole Janvier on the latest government thinking on plastics and the circular economy. This will be followed by a brand-led debate on the key issues in sustainability, which will feature speakers from L’Occitane en Provence, Pernod Ricard, Coty and Kao.
Further stand-outs in the theatre will include a keynote on the latest packaging innovation thinking at Jo Malone from executive director packaging development Chris Gevers; a presentation from Frédéric Dreux, R&D Packaging Leader – Prestige, Unilever on new recycling technologies being deployed by the multinational brand owner; plus sessions on a broad range of sustainability topics from speakers from brands including Estée Lauder, Chanel, Bulldog Skincare, L’Oréal and experts from associations including Citeo and Elipso.

PLD Talks
The inaugural PLD Talks programme is produced in association with the Pentawards, the world’s leading packaging design competition and will shine a light on the mechanics behind design and innovation in the premium and luxury drinks packaging industry.
Keynote speakers include Steve Honour, design manager Europe and Africa at Diageo, who will examine how brands should respond to consumers’ growing expectations of great design. Jean-Dominique Andreu, CMO at Camus, will discuss how the brand is moving into personalised and made-to-measure packaging for its high luxury cognac ranges; while Mike Rose, director of brands packaging at Edrington, will address the challenges of bringing sustainable packaging solutions to luxury drinks products.
In other sessions, Rosie Milsom, head of NPD at award-winning liquor group Atom Brands, will reveal a new speed-to-market initiative to create craft brands; Johanna Angelucci, founder of champagne brand Léo de Verzay will discuss disruption in design for the wine market; and design agencies including Contagious and Butterfly Cannon will look at the latest influences defining drinks and perfume design.

ADF&PCD and PLD Paris 2020 will bring together more than 700 packaging suppliers and 8,000 buyers in the perfume, cosmetics, premium drinks, aerosols and dispensing sectors. It takes place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 January 2020, at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Packaging Day organized by Summa Branding

Sustainability, omnichannel, experience and technology are the main challenges for the future facing brands in the management and development of packaging, as experts of the sector and recognized brands have assured in the Packaging Day of Summa Branding. Packaging Day is an annual meeting organized by Summa, a reference branding and packaging consultant in Spain, which wants to be a reference forum in the debate about the trends, challenges and opportunities faced by companies and consultants in this field.
The first edition of this Packaging Day has had the participation of Katherine Rice, Head of OTC Marketing of Laboratorios Cinfa; Jan Vidal, Business Manager of Biográ-Sorribas (Idilia Foods); Aleix Fortuny, Senior Packaging Engineer of the Barcelona Institute of Packaging - LEITAT Technological Center, Víctor Mirabet, vice president of Summa Branding, Carmen Navarro, director of Summa Branding Madrid and Rafa Soto, partner and creative director of Herraiz Soto (digital agency integrated for some months in Summa Branding).
According to Carmen Navarro, “the innovation in the packaging goes through offering a relevant product and brand experience that allows people to connect emotionally”. A characteristic already visible in Optiben de Cinfa, whose packaging, as explained by Katherine Rice, is the product of several qualitative studies that analyzed whether it was adapted to the expectations of consumers, their way of life and the way of understanding the sector to offer a most attractive product and according to your day to day.
Companies are already responding to consumer demands, including the growing demand for environmental responsibility. “Ecodesign implies incorporating the environmental variable in the packaging development process at all levels,” explains Aleix Fortuny, Senior Packaging Engineer of the Barcelona Institute of Packaging. Some brands are developing, for example, packagings with materials of plant origin and 100% reusable. The economics of materials and handling processes was another aspect pointed out in the Packaging Day, since it allows not only to reduce costs but to be more neutral in environmental impact.
And eco awareness should also affect the portfolio, as explained by Jan Vidal, Business Manager of Biográ-Sorribas (Idilia Foods). “Health related categories are in increasing trend. After learning with the consumer, we relaunched a pioneer brand in healthy eating in this country. We rely on taste, health and sustainability and create a new brand to approach a new consumer where eco awareness was not only present in the purpose, but also in the packaging ”.
On the other hand, Rafa Soto, partner and creative director of Herraiz Soto, now integrated in Summa Branding, said that “in the digital paradigm, in addition to containing the product and informing and seducing, packaging is an interface that allows the user to interact with the product and with the brand. That bidirectionality offers the company interesting opportunities, both in terms of engagement and virality, as well as data analytics. ”
Innovation linked to the use of new technologies is essential to give new solutions to the needs of consumers. "In a short time, the 'super containers' will allow to build and offer more personalized and intense experience," concluded Victor Mirabet of Summa Branding.




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