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InfoTrends: "Packaging and the Brand Owner"

March 18, 2011
WEYMOUTH, Mass.—InfoTrends launched a new multi-client study entitled “Packaging and the Brand Owner.” Within the total package printing market, a contest between digital and analog press technology is well under way in the prime label application. That contest is just beginning in two adjacent applications, folding cartons and flexible packaging.

“Packaging is critical to brand management,” said Bob Leahey, an associate director at InfoTrends, “So meeting the needs of brands is the core objective of package printing. It’s brand owners who decide print strategies—digital has to please brand owners in order to advance.”

“Packaging and the Brand Owner” will reveal insights into brand owners’ opinions and preferences regarding print, with a particular focus on label, folding carton, and flexible packaging applications where the main contest exists between analog and digital press technology. The research for this study will include a structured Web survey of brand owners and converters, augmented by personal interviews with brand owners in food and beverage, health and beauty, and other verticals. The broad goals of the study include:

Assessing brand owners’ understanding and perception of digital printing technologies
Capturing the needs and requirements of the brand owner, now and in the future
Identifying the pillars for success in meeting brands owners’ needs
Steering equipment vendors’ product development efforts to match coming market needs

Through this research, InfoTrends will obtain brand owners’ opinions about issues that affect market demand for color digital printing and even analog printing such as:

Awareness of technology
Availability of color digital printing
Incidence of use of that technology
Concerns about digital vs. conventional
Role of short runs in their business
Role and potential role of variable printing
Who or what influences brand to choose digital or analog
Understanding of basic technology—flexo, EP, IJ, and wide format
Wishes for future technology—what they want converters to offer



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