Cory Francer

Cory Francer

Cory Francer is the editor-in-chief of packagePRINTING.

5 Packaging Trends to Watch in 2019

Based on interviews with three packaging experts, we've compiled a list of five key packaging design trends that could impact the industry in 2019.

Packaging’s Next Evolution

The way consumers interact with products and packaging is constantly changing, and packaging must evolve to keep up.

Kodak Reveals Big Inkjet Packaging Push

The Kodak Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division has renewed its commitment to the packaging segment, with a new campaign based on its versatile continuous inkjet technology. During a Summit held at Uteco headquarters in Verona, Italy, Kodak unveiled its latest plans and the impact its partnership with Uteco will have on the flexible packaging industry.

Virtual Packaging to Become Digital Packaging Pioneer with Addition of Highcon Beam

Virtual Packaging, a Grapevine, Texas-based producer of packaging prototypes, mockups and comps, is scheduled to install a Highcon Beam digital cutter and creaser this spring. It will be the first Highcon Beam installed in an all-digital B1 packaging ecosystem in North America and will help move Virtual Packaging into production-length runs of folding cartons.

Xeikon Details Plans for the Year Ahead

In a press and analyst briefing held on Thursday, Jan. 10, Xeikon executives and customers detailed the company's successful 2018 and its plans for the year ahead. Topics included Xeikon's electrophotographic and inkjet product offerings, as well as its event schedule for 2019.

COMMENTARY: Navigating Packaging Backlash

The rising backlash against plastic packaging among consumers continues to gain steam, with concerns over recyclability at the forefront. However, consumers need to understand the sustainability advantages of all packaging formats before demanding a material be eliminated.

The Top 10 Package Printers on the Printing Impressions 400

The 35th annual Printing Impressions 400 has been released, detailing the top 400 printing companies in the United States and Canada, based on annual sales. Check out the full report to see how package printers fared in this year's ranking.

Early Hybrid Printing Adopters Share First-Hand Experiences

Hybrid printing platforms that combine digital and conventional technology have created a lot of buzz in the industry in recent years. packagePRINTING hosted a webinar recently featuring two early adopters of the technology and the impact it's had on their business and their customers.

Brian Cleary on What Makes HP Stand Out in Digital Package Printing

Brian Cleary, Category Manager for HP Indigo Label Solutions, joined packagePRINTING Editor-in-Chief Cory Francer at the Digital Packaging Summit to discuss HP's leadership in digital printing for labels and packaging. Cleary detailed how HP stands out with product offerings for all packaging segments and in the development of unique imaging technologies.

AUDIO: Brand Owners Discuss Their Digital Needs

During the Digital Packaging Summit, representatives from three small-sized brands discussed strategies package printers can take to pitch digital printing to meet these brands' specific needs. Check out audio from the event to hear what they had to say.

How Innovative Packaging Boosts Consumer Engagement

With approximately eight seconds to attract a consumer's attention, innovative packaging is more important to brands than ever before. During the Digital Packaging Summit, design strategist and brand visionary Vicki Strull discussed how digital printing fits into this equation.