In this issue, we look ahead to the coming year, as we learn about the key themes to expect in the packaging industry not just over the next 12 months, but also more long-term.

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The recent rise of near field communications (NFC) has, in the main, been centred on mobile payments – think Apple Pay or Google Pay. However, there are also some interesting applications for this technology in the world of packaging. We find out why an increasing number of companies are turning towards NFC in response to the increased awareness of safety in response to the pandemic.

Another trend we’ve seen across the packaging sector – understandably, in response to the rise of ecommerce during lockdowns – is the rise of personal and premium packaging. We look at how, and why, companies are placing importance on giving home-bound consumers that ‘feel-good factor’.

As well as this, we also highlight some of the key themes to expect in packaging. Sustainability is, as you’d expect, still high on the agenda. Moreover, we should see more companies shift to agile, cloud-based systems – partly adapting to the work-from-home model, but mainly as part of a longer-term transition that we’ve witnessed in the sector.

Lastly, we learn about the new deposit return scheme (DRS) pilot in Scotland, as we find out if the UK can finally catch up with the many countries in mainland Europe, where DRS is a part of everyday life.

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In this issue

Luxury retail packaging predictions for 2021

As 2020 comes to an end, Robert Lockyer, CEO and founder of Delta Global, a sustainable and innovative packaging solutions provider for luxury retail brands around the world, reflects and offers his view on what we can expect in the year to come.

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Labelling trends to expect this year: migration to the cloud

The last year has seen companies across sectors accelerate their adoption of new technology solutions, in no small part as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. NiceLabel VP Ken Moir offers some insight into how cloud-based labelling systems could be one of the key trends to continue into 2021.

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Will personalised and premium packaging continue to grow?

The Covid-19 pandemic has driven a surge in personalised and premium packaging as consumers seek to replace the personal touch they previously experienced in shops via home shopping. Jessie Paige talks to retailers about their experience and looks at whether the trend will continue through the coming year.

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Safety drivers poise NFC packaging for growth in 2021

NFC-enabled packaging has experienced a surge in recent years and the market is projected to grow even more in 2021. ​​​​​​​Jessie Paige looks at how safety and security are driving the growth in the NFC packaging market and what safety benefits NFC packaging can offer companies and their customers.

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Inside Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

Though already a common part of life in many European countries, the UK is yet to implement a Deposit Return Scheme. Following the announcement this year of a trial scheme, and subsequent rollout in Scotland, Jessie Paige talks to Zero Waste Scotland to find out what the future holds.

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What are packaging firms expecting for 2021?

A slew of developments that will impact packaging companies globally are set to occur in 2021. Jessie Paige finds out how two of the industry’s leading companies are planning to progress their offerings and address some of the biggest industry themes predicted for the coming year.

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Inclusive design in FMCG Packaging

We highlight some recent innovations in inclusive packaging that can help products reach a sizeable, but underserved, consumer group.

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Inside the deal: ProAmpac acquires three Canadian manufacturers

On 1 December, North American flexible packaging company ProAmpac announced that it had acquired Canada-based companies Rosenbloom Groupe, Hymopack, and Dyne-A-Pak for an undisclosed sum. Jessie Paige looks into the deals.

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In the next issue, we’ll be surveying the plastics and recycling landscape, highlighting at the latest developments in the world of biopolymers, as well as surveying the state of recycling, as the drive towards a circular economy continues.

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