Information is power—so powerful that it's critical to a business staying competitive, and even surviving. Fortunately, staying on top of industry trends, innovations, inventions, and new techniques is easier now more than ever before thanks to quick and easy access to everything from online industry mags to authoritative blogs and newsletters. Even better is, there are so many excellent information sources to choose from you’ll lose count! This is true of just about every industry—including the custom packaging industry.
Don’t fret about spending time separating the best from the rest. To make it easier for you, below are 15 of the best blogs and mags (and even a summit) to follow about custom packaging and more. They will keep you on top of the latest news and the most current trends in everything from custom boxes and crates to brand packaging, applications, technology, and much more.
Valley Box Company
Packaging blog dedicated to discussing the latest in industrial packaging technology, packaging & manufacturing tips and industry news. Infographics, help guides and tip sheets provide packaging buyers with tools for success.
Twitter: @valleybox https://twitter.com/valleybox
GooglePlus: +ValleyBox https://plus.google.com/+ValleyBox/
Packaging News is the leading industry magazine and website for packaging buyers, specifiers, designers, suppliers and manufacturers in the UK and globally. PN has a supply chain covering design, retail, logistics, manufacturing, and more. The publication is available both in print and online.
Twitter: "@PackNews https://twitter.com/PackNews
BRANDPACKAGING is the only publication of its kind. It focuses solely on the “role of packaging in the consumer product marketing mix.” Geared towards brand, product and group marketing managers, category managers, and product development, design and buying teams, BRANDPACKAGING also highlights strategy, development and trends.
Twitter: @BRANDPACKAGING https://twitter.com/BRANDPACKAGING
Tracking the packaging industry since 1963, Packaging Digest is considered the best known, most trusted and most widely distributed information resource in the industry. Visitors can expect "relevant and compelling /em>content—news, trends, best practices and new technologies" geared towards "packaging professionals at end-user companies in a variety of markets."
Twitter: @packagingdigest https://twitter.com/packagingdigest
World Packaging Org.
WPO is a non-profit, non-governmental, international federation of national packaging institutes and associations, and regional packaging federations. It's vision is “Better Quality of Life, Through Better Packaging, For More People.” The organization has brought this vision to life by encouraging the development of packaging technology, science, and access and engineering, by contributing to the development of international trade, and by stimulating education and training in packaging.
Founded in 1994, Packaging World is the most trusted source of packaging information in the world. Covering the business of packaging through applications, news, trends & more, Packaging World is produced monthly as a print magazine, as a digital edition, and on mobile devices. PW also offers breaking news and developments in the packaging industry through packaging newsletters.
Twitter: @packagingworld https://twitter.com/packagingworld
GooglePlus: +Packworld https://plus.google.com/+Packworld/posts
Dedicated platform for the the package design industry and its practitioners, students and enthusiasts. Its purpose is to define and promote the world's best package design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest trends and projects being created in the field.
Twitter: @TheDieline https://twitter.com/TheDieline
GooglePlus: +thedieline https://plus.google.com/+thedieline/posts
Packaging celebrity engaged in building brands through social media. Expert on the virtual global packaging industry, including the latest online tools/technology. Packaging Diva was named "One of the 50 most influential packaging leaders in the 20th century."
Packaging Europe is the leading information supplier for and about the international packaging industry. PE works in 10 languages and across web, e-magazine, newsletter, print and social media platforms, to deliver the best packaging industry news, analysis, original commentary, case studies, videos, and networking services.Website: http://www.packagingeurope.com/
Twitter: @PackagingEurope https://twitter.com/PackagingEurope
A new online magazine providing a "fresh look" at trends within the packaging industry. PB's mission is to "provide the global packaging industry with original in-depth reporting along with focusing on innovation and trends." PB splits its coverage into several areas including industry news, sustainability, labeling and design, and consumer products.
Twitter: @PackagingBuzz https://twitter.com/PackagingBuzz
Packaging & Print Media
Packaging & Print Media is a vertically-integrated monthly magazine serving both packaging printers/converters and packaging end users in the FMCG industries. Packaging Mag provides readers "with the most up-to-date information on technological developments affecting their businesses; keeping them abreast of worldwide and local trends in all aspects of packaging printing, design, materials usage, and other relevant technologies."
American Packaging Summit
The American Packaging Summit's mission is to "start thought provoking and productive conversations between industry leaders." The Summit, which "connects individuals to facilitate problem solving for some of the sector’s toughest challenges," brings brand owners together from all areas of the packaging world.
JAZD is the largest B2B global marketplace for the packaging industry. It provides the "leading platform for the creation of vertical, online B2B directories on the web."
Official Packaging and Processing Magazine of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. PMT Magazine offers a hodgepodge of feature articles, opinions & ideas, special sections, solutions, bulletin boards, and more.
Covering all types of packaging. Published for executives involved in the personal care, cosmetic, and fragrance industry. Beauty Packaging says its website brings much of the flavor of the publication to the web, but there is no substitute for the print version.
Twitter: @BeautyPackaging https://twitter.com/BeautyPackaging